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The Japanese Election, the LDP's Manifesto, and Defense

The Japanese Election, the LDP’s Manifesto, and Defense

The Liberal Democratic Party, the party likely to gain the most seats in the upcoming election, has put out an election manifesto with two not particularly new but nonetheless interesting proposals. 1) For Japan to embrace exercising its right to collective self-defense (集団的自衛権行使) if necessary, either by constitutional change or constitutional reinterpretation if necessary. 2)...

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Meet Japan's New NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle

Meet Japan’s New NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle

The GSDF's new NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle goes on display at the GSDF Chemical School in Saitama.

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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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Asahi on Possible Leak of Military, Nuclear Info at MHI

Asahi on Possible Leak of Military, Nuclear Info at MHI

The Asahi leads with a scoop suggesting that the recent cyber-attack on Mitsubishi Heavy Industries leaked nuclear and military information to the wider world. Full story within.

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MoD Requests Funds for Yonaguni Base

MoD Requests Funds for Yonaguni Base

MoD requests funds out of next year's draft budget including the purchase of a base on Yonaguni Island, 4 next-generation fighters, and to cover an increase in small increase in personnel.

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Kevin Maher: US Offered Unmanned Helicopters, Japan Concerned About Compensation

Kevin Maher: US Offered Unmanned Helicopters, Japan Concerned About Compensation

Kevin Maher's book, "The Japan that Can't Decide," describes a 2-week interrogation of the US by Japan over the list of equipment it could provide to help the relief effort - was the Japanese government overly concerned with the cost? Is this PM Kan's fault? The Sankei Shimbun says yes.

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GSDF Fuji School 57th Open Day 2011 [Part Two]

GSDF Fuji School 57th Open Day 2011 [Part Two]

On July 10th, 2011, the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Fuji School of Combined Arms threw open its gates for the annual open day. James Simpson reports on the disaster relief display on show that day.

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Sankei: Increasing Counter-Terrorism Readiness in the Capital

Sankei: Increasing Counter-Terrorism Readiness in the Capital

The creation of a new rapid response force is being considered within the Ground Self-Defense Force to operate within a 3km radius of Kasumigaseki, where the Prime Minister's official residence and government ministries are gathered.

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Boosting SDF's Nuclear Accident Response Capabilities

Boosting SDF’s Nuclear Accident Response Capabilities

Yomiuri: The SDF plans to better incorporate operations SDF personnel conducted under highly radioactive conditions. This is expected to include improving response capabilities by beefing up equipment, enhancing cooperation, and holding exercises.

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Reason for no robots: "nuclear safety"?

Reason for no robots: “nuclear safety”?

Kyodo: Japanese government and TEPCO did not support the development of robots for dealing with nuclear accidents due to the effect it would have on the 'safe nuclear energy' message.

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Misa Sakurabayashi: The Meaning of Self-Sufficiency

Misa Sakurabayashi: The Meaning of Self-Sufficiency

Misa Sakurabayashi explores the technical and human side to military self-sufficiency.

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Kitazawa: Bring Them In and Send Them Abroad!

Kitazawa: Bring Them In and Send Them Abroad!

Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa announced plans to equip the SDF with robots for use against nuclear accidents as part of its international relief capability.

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