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Yomiuri: SDF to establish first overseas base

Yomiuri: SDF to establish first overseas base

Yomiuri: The government announced that the SDF will open its first forward-deployment base for its counter-piracy mission in Djibouti, East Africa, on June 1st.

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Japan Times: Hospital Ships for Japan

Japan Times: Hospital Ships for Japan

C. W. Nicol: I propose that Japan build ships of around 30,000 gross tons (slightly bigger than the Asuka). This size would be effective, quick to respond, reasonably maneuverable and not as demanding on fuel as the 200,000-ton-plus cruise ship monsters.

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Asian Security Blog: What the Japan Tsunami Tells Us about International Politics

Asian Security Blog: What the Japan Tsunami Tells Us about International Politics

[Here's a guest post from Robert E. Kelly, Associate Professor at Busan National University. Robert blogs at the very fine Asian Security Blog. The post, written shortly after the quake, contains a few dated facts but Bob's points still stand.] For as awful as natural disasters are, they also act as lightning flashes to illuminate the...

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China rocks the boat

China rocks the boat

It was a disturbing week for China-watchers. March 2nd saw the Chinese causing trouble with their neighbours: two Y-8 planes headed to the Senkaku islands causing the Japanese ASDF to scramble into action, illegal fishing inside Korean waters, and the harassment of Philippine vessels near the Spratly Islands. Add the other concerning news that there...

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Japan bends arms export rules

Japan bends arms export rules

The biggest piece of news concerning the Self-Defense Forces this week is Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa’s announcement that Japan will sell used propellors from the MSDF’s US-1A flying boats. The propellors will be used to supply the Afghan military with some refurbished transport planes. The US approached Japan secretly in August 2010 to ask for...

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PanOrient on Japanese-Uzbek relations

PanOrient on Japanese-Uzbek relations

“Uzbekistan […] is geopolitically a very important country to Japan, and at the same time it is a strategically important partner from the viewpoint of energy and resources. I hope that [President Karimov's] visit will be an opportunity to elevate bilateral ties to a higher level.” - Prime Minister Naoto Kan, February 9th, 2011 Hungry...

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Asian Security Blog: Japan is an E.U. Country Trapped in Asia

Asian Security Blog: Japan is an E.U. Country Trapped in Asia

Here’s a guest post from Robert Kelly, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Diplomacy, Pusan National University. Robert blogs at the excellent Asian Security Blog. JSW and Asian Security Blog will be cross-posting over the next week or so. The Council of Foreign Relations blog, Asia Unbound, is quite good. If you don’t read it, you probably should...

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Britain pushes the Eurofighter in Japan

Britain pushes the Eurofighter in Japan

The Japanese government must decide on the ASDF’s next-generation fighter by the end of this year, and the competition is fierce as the British Ambassador David Warren attempts to sell Japan on the Eurofighter Typhoon. The Mainichi reports: “The Eurofighter is completely interoperable with U.S. military equipment,” Warren said in Japanese at a press conference...

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Japan and the Crisis in Egypt

Japan and the Crisis in Egypt

Egypt is in the midst of a popular uprising and no-one knows what end is in sight. This has led to the Israeli embassy being evacuated from Cairo by helicopter, and countless others trying to determine whether they should or not, and how they will take care of their citizens in the country. Japan is...

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Samho Jewelry: Lessons for Japan

Samho Jewelry: Lessons for Japan

As Japan Security Watch has previously reported, the MSDF’s Kirisame (DD-104) and Yudachi (DD-103) destroyers are deployed in the Gulf of Aden as part of a multinational anti-piracy effort off the coast of Somalia. Japan’s deployment has so far given protection to 1,393 vessels of various flags. South Korea is also operating in the region...

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Chinese Espionage Cases Uncovered in the US in 2010

Chinese Espionage Cases Uncovered in the US in 2010

Last week STRATFOR posted an in-depth analysis of Chinese espionage in the US during 2010. The post comes as French car manufacturer Renault (alongside the national counter-intelligence agency, DCRI) investigate leaks to an unnamed foreign state after restricted information on the company’s electric vehicle development made its way into the hands of ‘persons unknown’. The...

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The tale of North Korea-Iran cash flow

Robert Neff at The Marmot’s Hole has a fascinating post detailing the money trail from North Korea to Iran via Seoul. This quote of a Choson Ilbo article is a brief introduction: Iran paid North Korea US$2.5 million for arms purchases in 2008 through the South Korean branch of Bank Mellat, U.S. diplomatic cables unveiled...

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