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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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Head of SDF Earthquake Response New Head of GSDF

Head of SDF Earthquake Response New Head of GSDF

GSDF Lt. General Eiji Kimizuka has been appointed as the new GSDF Chief of Staff. Kimizuka headed up the Self-Defense Force's first ever tri-service operation in its response to the Tohoku Earthquake

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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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Shintaro Ishihara: Militarize!

Shintaro Ishihara: Militarize!

Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara is famous for making inflammatory comments. In his latest, he called for Japan to militarize and begin conscription.

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Yomiuri on one SDF member's quake story

Yomiuri on one SDF member’s quake story

From the Akita edition of the Yomiuri comes the story of a Ground Self-Defense Force Captain whose family were caught up in the tsunami: 3 months after the catastrophe: His family are victims – SDF member on duty in Kamaishi Crunch, crunch… The sound of SDF members stabbing the gravel with their shovels can be...

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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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Yuriko Koike on Kan, the Nuclear Problem and Asia

Yuriko Koike on Kan, the Nuclear Problem and Asia

Yuriko Koike: For Kan, the real priority during the nuclear crisis was his government’s effort to maintain its grip on power, not reassuring Japan’s neighbors of the actions it was taking to contain a potential threat to their citizens.

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MSDF Seaman Becomes Internet Sensation for Messages of Support

MSDF Seaman Becomes Internet Sensation for Messages of Support

Yomiuri: Leading Seaman Yushi Wakita (26), stationed at MSDF Sasebo Naval Base (Nagasaki Prefecture), has been giving poems written in ink on square cardboard to acquaintances he made online through social networking sites.

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Former JDA Chief: Japan must come to terms with its Self-Defence Force

Former JDA Chief: Japan must come to terms with its Self-Defence Force

On Saturday, May 7th, Asahi Shimbun published the views of three experts on the SDF’s role in providing assistance and relief to Tohoku (p. 13). The opinions did not make it onto Asahi‘s website, so it is up to JSW to step in with a rough translation. Here is the second pundit’s view: We must...

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Pundit: GSDF needs more people for future disaster relief

Pundit: GSDF needs more people for future disaster relief

On Saturday, May 7th, Asahi Shimbun published the views of three experts on the SDF’s role in providing assistance and relief to Tohoku (p. 13). The opinions did not make it onto Asahi‘s website, so it is up to JSW to step in with a rough translation. Here is the first pundit’s view: Clear need...

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MSDF Officer on Growth of South Korean Navy

MSDF Officer on Growth of South Korean Navy

In Spring 2010, former Vice-Admiral Yoji Koda of the Maritime Self-Defense Force wrote an article for the US Naval War College Review on the rise of the Republic of Korea Navy (The Emerging Republic of Korea Navy: A Japanese Perspective). The whole article makes for an interesting read, but I’ve highlighted the main bilateral-oriented conclusion...

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Nejibana on Japan's New Foreign Minister

Nejibana on Japan’s New Foreign Minister

Nejibana (of the Twisting Flowers blog) has posted a profile of the Seiji Maehara’s replacement as foreign minister. Takeaki Matsumoto was appointed to the position following Maehara’s resignation over a potential funding scandal caused by the donation of ¥250,000 by a childhood zainichi friend. Zainichi are long-term Korean residents of Japan – they are native...

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