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Japan's 'Three Principles of Arms Exports' about to enter a new phase

Japan’s ‘Three Principles of Arms Exports’ about to enter a new phase

At today’s meeting of the Japanese Security Council (安全保障会議) the proposal to relax Japan’s ‘Three Principles of Arms Exports’ (武器輸出三原則 – hereafter, the ‘Three Principles’) will be tabled and agreed to. The information will be publicly promulgated by way of a Chief Cabinet Secretary Statement (官房長官談話). That this is finally happening is not much of...

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Asia Security Watch: Seychelles invites China to set up naval base

Asia Security Watch: Seychelles invites China to set up naval base

The Government of the Seychelles has invited China to establish a naval anti-piracy base on its territory. This could offer Beijing a significant staging point in the Indian Ocean. How would India respond?

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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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Nippon.com: The Gulf War and Japanese Diplomacy

The Gulf War was a watershed moment in Japanese foreign policy history and its effects still ripple across the foreign policy debate. The excellent Nippon.com covers the issue as part of a series of featured articles on Japanese post-Cold War foreign policy.

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Will the South Sudan PKO mission push SDF constraints?

Will the South Sudan PKO mission push SDF constraints?

The DPJ is opening the door to discussions on revising the restrictions on the SDF under the current PKO law ahead of it joining the UN mission in South Sudan, where oil interests are at stake.

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Natchan High-Speed Ferry: The SDF and the Use of Civilian Transportation

Natchan High-Speed Ferry: The SDF and the Use of Civilian Transportation

The movement of GSDF vehicles from Hokkaido to Kyushu demonstrates the utility of chartering civilian assets for military logistics, an issue very much in debate among Japan's defense experts

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Japan, India to hold 1st Bilateral Exercises in 2012

Japan, India to hold 1st Bilateral Exercises in 2012

The defense ministers of Japan and India agreed this week to hold bilateral naval exercises in 2012.

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Eurofighter out of the F-X competition

Eurofighter out of the F-X competition

The Typhoon is out of the running for the next-generation fighter competition leaving a dead heat between the US-made F/A-18 and F-35. Who will win?

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SAPIO: Japanese ship already using PMCs for armed protection

SAPIO: Japanese ship already using PMCs for armed protection

SAPIO reports that Japanese companies are already using PMCs to provide security to their freighters. This article from the current print edition discusses how one shipping company views the security of their vessels and personnel.

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Japanese ships to get armed guards?

Japanese ships to get armed guards?

Will armed personnel be stationed aboard Japanese ships as an anti-piracy measure? That's one option on the table as the Japanese government considers how it will respond to the widening net of Somali pirates.

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Report: India to Propose Joint India - Japan Exercises

Report: India to Propose Joint India – Japan Exercises

From The Pioneer: Defence Minister AK Antony and External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will head to Japan in November this year ahead of newly elected Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda’s visit here in December, sources said. The dates for Antony and Krishna’s visit are being worked out, the sources added. Antony, sources said, will propose a...

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South Sudan PKO: GSDF Engineers to Go to Capital?

South Sudan PKO: GSDF Engineers to Go to Capital?

The Sankei reports on the shape of plans to send GSDF engineers to South Sudan on UN peacekeeping duties.

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