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3 Ways the DPRK Has Just Hurt its "Blood Ally."

3 Ways the DPRK Has Just Hurt its “Blood Ally.”

Regarding the recent satellite launch/missile test conducted by the DPRK. Apologies for cross posting. First, it gives Japan and the US a useful issue to bash the PRC over the head with in the UNSC, especially if the PRC goes ahead and vetoes any further sanctions. China’s image will deteriorate in Japan further as perceptions...

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Japan's Regional Security Environment and Possibilities for Conflict

Japan’s Regional Security Environment and Possibilities for Conflict

The next 5 months could be one of high drama and tension in East Asia geopolitics due to various leadership transitions and elections. In South Korea we have already seen election year sensitivities coming to have real life policy consequences with the last-minute cancellation of the ACSA/GSOMIA military accords between Japan and the ROK. With the presidential...

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U.S. Military Conducts Naval Drills with Japan & South Korea and Live-fire Exercise with ROKN

U.S. Military Conducts Naval Drills with Japan & South Korea and Live-fire Exercise with ROKN

It's a busy week for ever emerging East Asian Alliances....

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Japan's New Defense Minister: Morimoto Satoshi

Japan’s New Defense Minister: Morimoto Satoshi

As mentioned by James Noda has selected Takushoku Professor Morimoto Satoshi to replace Tanaka Naoki as Defense Minister. While he is an academic and Japan’s first non-politician (民間人) Defense Minister/JDA Chief since the establishment of the JDA in 1954, he is certainly not short on experience and knowledge of both defense issues and the political system....

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Japan's Strategic Geography, 1983

Japan’s Strategic Geography, 1983

Published in 1983, Strategic Atlas was one of several atlases published during the 1980s that blended world maps with political, economic and military figures and trends. It was the kind of well done set of infographics that really isn’t done anymore, particularly now that nobody wants to pay for content. I’ll be featuring maps from...

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The Death of Kim Jong-il and Japanese Intelligence

The Death of Kim Jong-il and Japanese Intelligence

The Shukan Bunshun covers the poor handling of the death of Kim Jong-il by Japanese intelligence and, more seriously, Japanese politicians.

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News Flash: Japan-DPRK Secret Talks, Koizumi Still Most Popular PM since 2000

A selection of the news of the day: Japan and North Korea hold (not so) secret talks over abduction issue, the opportunities for Japan-India ties, Gemba hunts for energy security, and polls on the best and worst recent PMs

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N Korean Documentary for Kim Jong-Un’s Birthday Emphasizes Military Strength (Link)

Perhaps seeking to show his affinity with those best equipped to overthrow him, North Korean TV aired a documentary emphasizing the young leader role as a military leader, the Asahi’s Asia & Japan Watch reports:

The documentary, which aired on what is believed to be Kim Jong Un’s birthday, is the second in a week to show Kim with military units, and underlines his pledge to carry out his father’s “military first” policy. A week ago, footage showed Kim paying a New Year’s Day visit to a premier tank division with strong historical and family ties.

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[H/T @shilkytouch]

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Japan and AirSea Battle

Japan and AirSea Battle

Sasebo Naval Base, just outside Nagasaki. Creative Commons photo, Flickr user Fui. In the early-1980s, the U.S. Department of Defense, struggling to figure out how to defend West Germany from a Warsaw Pact invasion, created AirLand Battle. AirLand Battle had one purpose: to stop Soviet, East German, and Polish mechanized forces from overrunning western Europe in...

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Asia Security Watch: South Korea Developing Bunker-Buster Bombs

Asia Security Watch: South Korea Developing Bunker-Buster Bombs

South Korea both buying US weapons systems and designing their own for use by 2013

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Japan Raises Info-Gathering Activities in Response to Kim Jong-il's Death

Japan Raises Info-Gathering Activities in Response to Kim Jong-il's Death

The death of Kim Jong-il forces the Japanese authorities to increase information-gathering activities across civilian and SDF organizations.

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F-15 Goes Off-Road in Okinawa As News of Kim Jong-il's Death Breaks

F-15 Goes Off-Road in Okinawa As News of Kim Jong-il's Death Breaks

As the world hears of the death of Kim Jong-il, the ASDF scrambles an F-15 from Naha Air Base which subsequently rides off the runway. The timing raises suspicion, but the real news is in the disruption it caused to the civilian airport it shares a runway with.

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