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Motohiro Tsuchiya: Patriotic Geeks Wanted to Counter a Cyber Militia

The Association of Japanese Institutes of Strategic Studies published a commentary by Keio Prof. Motohiro Tsuchiya examining the need of the Japanese government strengthen its defense against cyber-warfare, no doubt in consideration of the recent hacking scandals that rocked Japan at the end of last year:

Japan was one of the first countries to introduce cyber security measures, having set up the National Information Security Center (NISC) under the Cabinet Secretariat in 2005. The initial concerns were primarily technical issues, exhibiting little awareness that cyber security has to do with national security and crisis management. However, since major cyber-attacks were carried out against the US and South Korea in July 2009, Japan has been making preparations on the assumption that it could be the next target. The government drew up a special national plan titled “Information Security Strategy to Protect Japanese Nationals” in May 2010.

The real challenge of such a strategy is whether the government can secure good experts to counter militias and mercenaries. The rewards that the government can offer would be too small for competent geeks. Even if the government succeeds in employing them, it would be vulnerable unless it keeps them committed long enough – think about the risk of them being hired by adversary forces after their stint in the government! Success hinges on whether the government can secure patriotic geeks.

Read more at the AJISS Commentary site

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2011 and Japan: Highlighting the Positive Role of the SDF

2011 and Japan: Highlighting the Positive Role of the SDF

JSW contributor James Simpson offers his take on the most important security development for Japan and its neighborhood over the past year: better societal-military relations in Japan.

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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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Pew Research Poll: Most Japanese Happy With SDF Response to the Earthquake

95% of the respondents said that the SDF's response to the disaster was good - ranking it significantly higher than the media, government, Prime Minister and the Tokyo Electric Power Company.

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Weekly Playboy: Post-Quake Image Boost Sees SDF Recruitment Rise

Weekly Playboy: Post-Quake Image Boost Sees SDF Recruitment Rise

Weekly Playboy: Post-quake support for the SDF has resulted in greater interest at the recruitment offices.

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Bo-Taoshi: Sport of Champions?

Bo-Taoshi: Sport of Champions?

Bo-taoshi (pole toppling) is a capture-the-flag/king-of-the-hill style game played by the National Defense Academy consisting of two teams of 150: one half of each team defends a large pole, the other seeking to pull the pole 30 degrees to the ground.

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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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The average age in the Self Defense Forces is 35

Buried away in the Yomiuri article is an interesting fact: according to Japan’s Finance Ministry, the average age of Self Defense Force personnel is 35. Average Age, Japan SDF: 35.1 Average Age, British military: 30.5 Average Age, U.S. military: 28* (*The actual U.S. military number ranges from 25-30. U.S. Army and U.S. Navy: 29. U.S....

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SDF recruiting center in Tokyo

This article’s a few years old but still interesting. Curzon from ComingAnarchy.com recounts a visit of his to a Self Defense Forces recruiting center in Tokyo. Specifically, in Shibuya, by the Bic Camera. (If you’ve seen the film Lost in Translation and remember the dinosaur scene, this place would be about a block from there.)...

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ASDF recruitment video

The ASDF is all about helping people. See? Don’t forget to lower your landing gear when you grow up!

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