North Korea
Discussion: Kim Jong-il Dead: What Next?

Discussion: Kim Jong-il Dead: What Next?

With the death of its leader and the rise of his son, what's next for the Hermit state? JSW readers discuss the long-awaited news of Kim Jong-il's death.

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Asia Security Watch: North Korea Hates Christmas

Asia Security Watch: North Korea Hates Christmas

North Korea threatens action against South Korea on reports the ROK will again be setting up Christmas lights on the DMZ border

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Asia Security Watch: US Missile Restrictions on South Korea & Their Loopholes

Asia Security Watch: US Missile Restrictions on South Korea & Their Loopholes

Reports of pathetic South Korean Missile Ranges are greatly exaggerated...

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Asia Security Watch: US Goes Ballistic Over North Korean Missiles

Asia Security Watch: US Goes Ballistic Over North Korean Missiles

While any advancements by the rogue state of North Korea should be cause for worry, the US shouldn’t panic just yet.

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Discussion: North Korean Mobile ICBMs - Implications for Japan

Discussion: North Korean Mobile ICBMs – Implications for Japan

JSW readers discuss the implications of news that North Korea is developing road-mobile ICBMs capable of reaching Japan.

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Asia Security Watch: US Officials Press South Korea to Reduce Iranian Petrochem/Crude Imports

Asia Security Watch: US Officials Press South Korea to Reduce Iranian Petrochem/Crude Imports

US officials attempt to sway South Korea's stance on trade with Iran.

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Asia Security Watch: ‘Marine Week 2011′ Offers Insight into the ROK’s Current & Future Naval Warfare Trajectory (Part 1)

Asia Security Watch: ‘Marine Week 2011′ Offers Insight into the ROK’s Current & Future Naval Warfare Trajectory (Part 1)

Part one in a review of the various military technologies seen at Marine Week 2011 in Busan.

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O'Hanlon and Mochizuki on the Okinawa Basing Issue

O'Hanlon and Mochizuki on the Okinawa Basing Issue

I have a strong interest in the U.S. Marine Corps Okinawa basing issue. I don’t post on it very often, mostly because what passes for news usually isn’t. It’s been clear since Hatoyama’s resignation that, barring somebody running out of money, the 2006 agreement is going forward and 8,000 of the roughly 18,000 U.S. Marines based on...

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Japan's Defense Spending Just Over 1% of GDP

Japan's Defense Spending Just Over 1% of GDP

Reuters reports Japan's defense spending is set to increase by a modest .06 percent in the fiscal year 2012 defense budget.

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Japan Launches New Spy Satellite

Japan Launches New Spy Satellite

The satellite, named Optical-4, is meant to keep an eye on the North Korean ballistic missile program. Originally set to launch in August, the mission was delayed until September 17 due to an issue with the launch vehicle’s range safety system (receiver). A local typhoon delayed the launch further, prior to the vehicle lifting off...

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Charting the Recent AFP/GfK Poll on Japanese Public Opinion

Charting the Recent AFP/GfK Poll on Japanese Public Opinion

In early September, Associated Press/GfK released the results of a survey on Japanese public opinion covering a wide range of issues. JSW steps in to provide the data as graphs for all to read.

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Japan and Deterrence Against North Korea After 2010

Japan and Deterrence Against North Korea After 2010

The sinking of the Cheonan and the Yeonpyeong artillery strikes call for serious questions to be raised about the efficacy of the conventional deterrence on the peninsula not just for the US and South Korea, but for Japan too

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