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SDF to Straits of Hormuz?

SDF to Straits of Hormuz?

The Japanese government is considering the possibility of an MSDF dispatch to the Straits of Hormuz, but it seems unlikely that they will agree to a deployment putting them up against Iran's navy.

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Monday Morning Reading for 01/16

Monday Morning Reading for 01/16

Start your week with JSW's Monday Morning Reading, with some of the more in-depth articles we came across to keep you going throughout your working week.

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News Flash: Japan-DPRK Secret Talks, Koizumi Still Most Popular PM since 2000

A selection of the news of the day: Japan and North Korea hold (not so) secret talks over abduction issue, the opportunities for Japan-India ties, Gemba hunts for energy security, and polls on the best and worst recent PMs

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Asia Security Watch: US Officials Press South Korea to Reduce Iranian Petrochem/Crude Imports

Asia Security Watch: US Officials Press South Korea to Reduce Iranian Petrochem/Crude Imports

US officials attempt to sway South Korea's stance on trade with Iran.

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2 More Chinese Fishing Boat Captains Arrested

Here we (maybe) go again.

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STRATFOR: Japan, the Persian Gulf and Energy [Extract]

STRATFOR: Japan, the Persian Gulf and Energy [Extract]

[This is an extract of a special report by STRATFOR, republished in part with their kind permission] Japan’s Nuclear Safety Net Japan is still struggling with the consequences of its economic meltdown in the early 1990s. Rapid growth with low rates of return on capital created a massive financial crisis. Rather than allow a recession...

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Four days in...

Four days in…

Four days ago, Japan was hit by a disastrous earthquake. Residents in the Kanto and Tohoku regions are now in the middle of two very different crises. Up north in Tohoku, the area most affected by the earthquake, tsunami and aftershocks, people are in mortal danger. Around me, in Kanto – particularly the Greater Tokyo...

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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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PanOrient on Japanese-Uzbek relations

PanOrient on Japanese-Uzbek relations

“Uzbekistan […] is geopolitically a very important country to Japan, and at the same time it is a strategically important partner from the viewpoint of energy and resources. I hope that [President Karimov's] visit will be an opportunity to elevate bilateral ties to a higher level.” - Prime Minister Naoto Kan, February 9th, 2011 Hungry...

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China to establish permanent patrols near Senkakus

China to establish permanent patrols near Senkakus

    The People’s Republic of China intends to establish permanent patrols by fisheries protection vessels in the vicinity of the Senkaku islands, which are claimed by Japan. The official with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries took the unusual step of granting an interview concerning the Senkaku issue to a foreign media outlet...

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Resource wars: Japan, Asia, disputed territories, and fish

Here’s an AFP article linking territorial disputes with dwindling fishing stocks, and the Asian fishermen who are willing to fish in disputed territorial waters to harvest the “new kind of gold in Asia”: “We have gas and oil people involved as well and this is politically the most sensitive issue, but… fishing companies bring a...

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The latest in the Japan-China sea fishing boat confrontation

- China cancelled high level contacts with Japan. It apparently didn’t even inform Japan directly, which instead learned about the break through the media. - Mild protests at the Japanese embassy in Beijing. - China cancelled a tour group of 1,000 Japanese students to the Shanghai World Expo. - China’s Global Times paper claims that...

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