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Japan's MSDF to make a Port Call in Manila amid Tensions

Japan’s MSDF to make a Port Call in Manila amid Tensions

When? Next week it would seem. Hot on the heels of a promise to supply a number of JCG vessels to the Philippines, Japan is now also sending three JMSDF naval training ships to Manila for a four-day port call from 28 May to 31 May. The ships are reported to be the JS Kashima (TV-3505),...

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Alliance Diversification Watch: Japan and the Philippines

Alliance Diversification Watch: Japan and the Philippines

Is Japan about to enter the South China Sea dispute in a concrete way and provide up to 10 Japanese Coast Guard  Ships to the Philippines? I guess the timing could not be better for the Philippines given the current tensions surrounding the Scarborough Shoal standoff. However the news is not yet official as the...

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SDF Considers Use of US Philippine Bases

SDF Considers Use of US Philippine Bases

While Japan participates in a Command Post Exercise in the Philippines, the US and Japanese governments consider future access and joint use of Philippines bases for training

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JSDF on 2012 Asia - Pacific Humanitarian Mission

JSDF on 2012 Asia – Pacific Humanitarian Mission

Japan will once again send ships and personnel to an annual U.S. – led humanitarian and civic action program. Japan will send the landing ship, tank JS Oosumi, two Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) and twenty medical personnel to Pacific Partnership 2012. The Japanese medical personnel will serve on the mission command ship, the hospital...

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Nippon.com: Japan’s Diplomatic Agenda for the Asia-Pacific

Jiji Press commentator Yoshikatsu Suzuki discusses the way ahead for Japanese diplomacy in 2012, focusing relevantly enough on the Philippines, which recently offered the US a chance at a new base – an offer the US has turned down, and the Indian Ocean, in whose ports Suzuki sees Japan needing to gain a presence. It makes for an interesting look at some of the contemporary issues affecting Japanese foreign policy.

The year 2012 marks the start of efforts to build a new order in the Asia-Pacific region. The world faces a number of difficult issues and situations whose outcome is in doubt: the Arab Spring, the European crisis, Iran’s nuclear program, and the outlook for North Korea after the death of Kim Jong-il. Now is the time for writing new rules and formulating new frameworks for an era of change. Things are already beginning to stir on the political stage, with changes of government, scheduled or otherwise, likely in a number of countries in the near future.

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Oriki briefs Pacific Defense Chiefs on Tohoku

Oriki briefs Pacific Defense Chiefs on Tohoku

Last month the 14th annual Chiefs of Defense Conference was held at Camp Smith, Hawaii. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), the conference . Past attendees to the conference include defense chiefs from Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, France, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Korea,...

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Never Mind the String of Pearls, Let's Talk the Trapper's Snare

[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=208464819395951962634.0004afbffd2c07b0a9c13&msa=0&ll=4.915833,125.332031&spn=61.539901,75.410156 width=600 height=500 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] In the past 10 months, the Asia – Pacific region has seen the following activity: - Increased talk of military cooperation between Japan and South Korea. - South Korea and Indonesia teaming up on a variety of defense projects, including fighters and submarines. - India proposing military...

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Yasuji Ishigaki on Regional Cooperation following the Earthquake

Yasuji Ishigaki on Regional Cooperation following the Earthquake

Ishigaki: The concerted efforts shown so admirably by Japan's East Asian neighbors to provide aid and support could be regarded as deriving out of the sense of regional solidarity or “We-feeling.”

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Japan, U.S., Australia to Hold Exercises in South China Sea.

Japan, U.S., Australia to Hold Exercises in South China Sea.

[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/?ll=8.21149,113.181152&spn=15.610614,18.918457&t=h&z=6 width=575 height=400 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] Well, this is going to be interesting. US, Japan, Australia announce joint South China Sea exercise TOKYO — The U.S., Japanese and Australian navies will Saturday hold a joint drill in the South China Sea — most of which China claims as its maritime territory — Japan’s...

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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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MSDF Anti-Piracy Role Protects 32,600 Sailors So Far

MSDF Anti-Piracy Role Protects 32,600 Sailors So Far

The Japanese Embassy in the Philippines is boasting of the MSDF’s role in multilateral anti-piracy efforts off the coast of the Somalia in the Gulf of Aden. According to their press release, Filipino sailors benefited most from the Japanese presence. The MSDF’s mission includes aiding not only Japanese-flagged ships, but also those of other countries....

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