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Time For a Reform of the SDF Reserves?

Time For a Reform of the SDF Reserves?

Only 17.1% of reservists were able to be called-up following the March 11th Earthquake. With the Finance Ministry looking to cut the fat, is it time to take another look at the Reserves?

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Hajime Funada (LDP): Increasing Public Bond with the Self-Defense Force

Hajime Funada (LDP): Increasing Public Bond with the Self-Defense Force

Hajime Funada, an LDP politician, writes on the SDF's surge of goodwill following the Tohoku Earthquake.

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Factlet #1: Personnel Costs Account for 45% of SDF Budget

Of the ¥4,645.3 billion currently drafted for defense for FY2012, 45% (¥2,070.1 billion) will be paid towards personnel labor and supplies (food, etc.) costs. This would also include training costs.

Defense Related Costs (FY2012 Draft Budget)

Defense Related Costs (FY2012 Draft Budget) (Source: Weekly Toyo Keizai)

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Asia Security Watch: The "People" in People's War - Improving China's Infantryman

Asia Security Watch: The "People" in People's War – Improving China's Infantryman

Putting aside all the fancy toys China is getting, the People's Liberation Army's investment in improving its infantry is itself a demonstration of the nation's intense military modernisation.

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F-15 loses part mid-flight on the day after F-15s returned to the air

F-15 loses part mid-flight on the day after F-15s returned to the air

Only one day on from being ordered back into the air, an ASDF F-15 out of Nyutabaru Air Base lost an aluminum component from its wing during a training flight. What is happening to Japan's F-15 fleet?

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The Price of Dinner in the MSDF

The Price of Dinner in the MSDF

¥47 million down the drain as MSDF reconsiders its force-wide year-old nutritional management menu-planning software. Will heads roll?

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The First Step Towards a Protection of Secrets Law?

The First Step Towards a Protection of Secrets Law?

Following the Senkaku Islands incident last year, is it any wonder that the government is working hard on producing a Protection of Secrets Law?

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Japan - China Officer Exchanges to Resume

Japan – China Officer Exchanges to Resume

After a year-long hold, officer exchanges between Japan and China are set to resume.

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Competition Rises for SDF Reservist Candidates

Competition Rises for SDF Reservist Candidates

The reservist recruiting body for the SDF in Kanagawa has posted record-breaking interest as the SDF's civilian reservists receive post-disaster boost.

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JSW Talks: Prof Sabine Frühstück

JSW Talks: Prof Sabine Frühstück

JSW talks to Prof. Sabine Frühstück, author of 'Uneasy Warriors', to discuss the Tohoku Earthquake's impact on the SDF's identity and future, and what that future may hold for its female service members.

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SDF Members Went AWOL in Saga Pref.

SDF Members Went AWOL in Saga Pref.

Two soldiers from a helicopter base in Saga Prefecture went AWOL in recent months: one went fishing on March 12th, the other fled to Fukuoka. Does it reveal a lack of discipline at the base?

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On the Civilian Side of the Restoration Efforts: Chaos?

On the Civilian Side of the Restoration Efforts: Chaos?

News Post Seven talks with police, fire and local government representatives to paint a bleak picture of the civilian side of the restoration work over 100 days on from the Tohoku Earthquake.

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