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Abe Shinzo's Indian Ocean Adventures

Abe Shinzo's Indian Ocean Adventures

An upfront tip of the hat to Michael Cucek for this gem. I am not sure what Abe ate while in Dehli but if he has been quoted correctly then it appears he may be auditioning for a conjoint ambassadorial-comedian position when he retires from politics. Ultimately, he said, India, Japan and the US should...

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Japan Wants to Send SDF Engineers to South Sudan

Japan Wants to Send SDF Engineers to South Sudan

The Noda administration plans to send up to 300 engineers to the South Sudan, in a plan that will be announced next week in New York.

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Japan, U.S., U.K. in Joint Minesweeper Exercises

Japan, U.S., U.K. in Joint Minesweeper Exercises

Kyodo reports that the Japan will join the United States and United Kingdom in minesweeping exercises in October.

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The SDF in South Sudan

The SDF in South Sudan

The previous post on Japan’s SDF potentially taking part in a new peacekeeping operation in South Sudan led to some useful discussion in the comments section. The issue was back on the agenda this week with Ban Ki-moon touching down in Japan and requesting Japanese participation. To be clear, the South Sudan mission would be...

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South Sudan and Japan's 'international contribution'

South Sudan and Japan’s ‘international contribution’

When South Sudan became the world’s newest nation this past weekend UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon made an appeal for Japanese assistance for the UN Peacekeeping mission that will take place in South Sudan. Ban requested SDF helicopters in particular for the purposes of transferring 7-8000 peacekeeping operations personnel within the nation. Praising the...

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Is PM Kan Holding the FX Program Hostage?

Is PM Kan Holding the FX Program Hostage?

Sankei: Pretending to be an expert → becomes increasingly confused → dodges responsibility by retracting his statement. This is the change Kan underwent when faced with the nuclear incident, and now he cannot be excused from this FX selection blunder either.

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Is The Selection Of The F-35 Inevitable?

Is The Selection Of The F-35 Inevitable?

See here for James’ previous, and more detailed in terms of capabilities, post on the Eurofighter Typhoon. In my previous post some may have perceived a subtle suggestion that the F-35 was the frontrunner in Japan’s F-X fighter jet competition. This may well be the case but the 4-country Eurofighter consortium is not going to die...

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Japanese Destroyers Visit India [UPDATED]

Japanese Destroyers Visit India [UPDATED]

JDS Samidare and JDS Umigiri visit Kochi, India.

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Japan's Arms Export "Ban" Up for Discussion Again

Japan’s Arms Export “Ban” Up for Discussion Again

A Ministry of Defense committee of experts (Defense Manufacturing and Technology Base Research Committee  [防衛生産・技術基盤研究会]), chaired by the well-known Japanese IR analyst Takashi Shiraishi of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, announced in an interim report that Japan should look again at reviewing the collective ban/restrictions on arms exports.1 The main justification put forward for this...

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UN: Send GSDF to Southern Sudan

UN: Send GSDF to Southern Sudan

The United Nations is asking for Japan to send Ground Self-Defense Force members to Southern Sudan to take part in peacekeeping operations (PKO) there, Japanese news reports. This comes ahead of the region’s separation and independence from Sudan on July 9th, at which point UN PKO in effect there will be reorganized.  The UN has...

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Guest Post: Japanese options in space multiply

Guest Post: Japanese options in space multiply

The Japanese space sector as a whole is coming to an important crossroads with production capacity on the increase while it strives to fill a huge gaping hole in its radar satellite coverage. Can it keep up with the competition?

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Yomiuri Provides More Details on Djibouti Base

Yomiuri Provides More Details on Djibouti Base

Foreign Ministry official: Djibouti base will make it easier for the SDF to cooperate with U.S. counterterrorism operation. Being able to swiftly deploy SDF forces to trouble spots for PKO can contribute to the security of neighboring nations.

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