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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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Sankei sits down with Commander of Joint Disaster Response Taskforce

Sankei sits down with Commander of Joint Disaster Response Taskforce

An interview with the Commander of the relief effort reveals several challenges faced by the SDF in their response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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Ration Packs for Japanese Forces

Ration Packs for Japanese Forces

The Japanese Self-Defense Forces have a bewildering array of ration packs. I recently discovered the website of MREInfo.com forum contributor Laughing Man, ‘Japan SDF’s Combat Rations‘, in which he catalogs the various types and another site called ‘Combat Rations Archive‘ (JP). Military ration packs and cuisine are often known as ‘Mili-meshi‘ here in Japan (military...

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Keeping calm when others can't

Keeping calm when others can’t

Five days on from the Great Tohoku Earthquake, the aftershocks in Tokyo keep coming, both seismic and mental. Last night, Shizuoka prefecture (to Tokyo’s west) shook under the power of a M6.4 quake, and earlier today Chiba and Ibaraki (both affected by the March 11th earthquake) were rattled by a M6.0 aftershock. All the while...

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MDSF chow on Japanese TV

As reported by Japan Probe, a Japanese TV show follows the recipes of the Maritime Self Defense Force for a variety of dishes. The show’s hosts (Japanese TV shows almost always have a panel of commentators) say the recipes taste pretty good. The ship they’re talking about is the lead ship of the Takanami-class destroyers, the...

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Japan, Australia in joint logistics deal

On the surface, this makes a lot of sense: Under the deal — only the second for officially pacifist Japan after the one signed with key ally the United States — Japan and Australia will provide food, fuel and other logistical support to each other during peacekeeping operations, disaster-relief missions and other activities, Nikkei said....

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