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RUSI Japan

Nothing of substance right now, although there is much to talk about. M.Taylor Fravel has a great post up that reflects a lot of my own thoughts and apprehensions on issues regarding the current Senkaku conflict.* It seems to be reviving for the third time this year after having been pronounced dead twice. Essential reading also includes...

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Japan's Strategic Geography, 1983

Japan’s Strategic Geography, 1983

Published in 1983, Strategic Atlas was one of several atlases published during the 1980s that blended world maps with political, economic and military figures and trends. It was the kind of well done set of infographics that really isn’t done anymore, particularly now that nobody wants to pay for content. I’ll be featuring maps from...

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Shintaro Ishihara on Constitutional Reform

Shintaro Ishihara, Governor of Tokyo

Shintaro Ishihara, Governor of Tokyo (Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Govt.)

Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara’s political views regarding SDF and military force are well-known, but he added a few extra words this week.

At a regularly held press conference on Feb. 17, Ishihara was asked about his thoughts on the current state of the Self-Defense Forces. He replied, “It would be better for them to be a distinctly military force,” with constitutional reform being necessary to this end. He emphasized that, “It is strange to talk about the SDF, which gradually grew out of the National Police Reserves, operating abroad in the name of self-defense.”

On the recent Russian flights around Japan, he added, “If they enter our territorial waters, we should shoot them down.”

[via NicoNico News]

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Russian Flying Museum Visits Japan

  According to RIA Novrosti, five Russian military aircraft flew near Japan yesterday, causing Japanese air defenses to scramble. According to the ministry, a total of five Russian planes, including two Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers, two Su-24 Fencer reconnaissance planes and an A-50 Mainstay airborne early warning and control aircraft skirted Japanese territory on Wednesday....

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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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Japan's Defense Spending Just Over 1% of GDP

Japan's Defense Spending Just Over 1% of GDP

Reuters reports Japan's defense spending is set to increase by a modest .06 percent in the fiscal year 2012 defense budget.

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ASDF Scrambles Against China Tripled On Last Year

ASDF Scrambles Against China Tripled On Last Year

The first half of FY2011, as Japan dealt with the aftermath of the Tohoku Earthquake, the ASDF was scrambled a record number of times in response to Chinese flights - triple the amount of scrambles over the same period in 2010.

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News of the Awkward: Russian Navy to Visit Japan

News of the Awkward: Russian Navy to Visit Japan

Last week, it was Russian bombers flying circles around Japan, doing practice runs on Japanese air defense radars. This week? A friendly visit by the Russian Navy, of course. Of course! A Russian Pacific Fleet’s task force led by the missile cruiser Varyag will arrive on Sunday to Japan on a five-day friendly visit, the...

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Russian Bombers Encircle Japan on Intimidation Mission

Russian Bombers Encircle Japan on Intimidation Mission

The Bears are back. Once again, Russia sent  Tu-95 (NATO reporting name: Bear) heavy bombers on a highly provocative flight that practically encircled the three major islands of Japan. From Kyodo / Mainichi Daily News: The Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged Thursday that two Tupolev Tu-95MS bombers flew over the Pacific Ocean and other areas for...

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Russia Pursues French Mistral Helicopter Carriers: Should Japan Be Worried?

Russia Pursues French Mistral Helicopter Carriers: Should Japan Be Worried?

Buszynski: Declaring that the Mistrals would be deployed in the southern Kurile Islands appears to be a political ploy to up the ante in escalating polemics with the Japanese over the disputed islands.

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Japan's Arms Export "Ban" Up for Discussion Again

Japan’s Arms Export “Ban” Up for Discussion Again

A Ministry of Defense committee of experts (Defense Manufacturing and Technology Base Research Committee  [防衛生産・技術基盤研究会]), chaired by the well-known Japanese IR analyst Takashi Shiraishi of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, announced in an interim report that Japan should look again at reviewing the collective ban/restrictions on arms exports.1 The main justification put forward for this...

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UAVs and Beyond: The Significance of This Year's Miyakojima Run

UAVs and Beyond: The Significance of This Year’s Miyakojima Run

The recent sighting of a shipborne Chinese UAV only partly explains the importance of this year's training exercise: it was a display of China's growing naval capabilities and technological development.

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