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Shukan Bunshun: Former U.S. State Dept. Japan Hand: Let Us Fight Together!

(Weekly magazine “Shukan Bunshun“; February 21, 2013; By Satoshi Tomizaka. Translation, as always, by a trusty pal.)  Kevin Maher, Former State Department Japan Country Director: “Japan, Let us fight together!” Former State Department Japan Country Director, Kevin Maher stated, “Lighting up the Fire-Control (FC) radar and lock-on is equivalent to an actual attack, and can...

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Shukan Bunshun: Who is Responsible for PLAN Radar Lock-On Incident?

From the Japanese weekly magazine “Shukan Bunshun“; February 21, 2013; By Satoshi Tomizaka. Translation by a JSW/ASW pal.  (Regarding this incident here.) Who is responsible for the Chinese Navy’s radiation of Fire Control Radar (FCR)? The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs broke their silence on 8 February and released a statement in countering Japan’s accusation...

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PRC in 1950: "Senkaku Islands" as Part of Okinawa?

PRC in 1950: “Senkaku Islands” as Part of Okinawa?

Jiji Press in Japan went big yesterday (日) on an exclusive revolving around historical PRC government documents related to PRC awareness of the territorial dispute over the islands, publishing a number of articles and commentaries in rapid fire succession. The Japanese government’s position has been that the PRC, at least, only made a claim to the islands after...

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Shukan Bunshun: Senkaku Naval Battle: JSDF’s Secret Simulation

Another article, translated by a JSW pal, from the Japanese weekly tabloid Shukan Bunshun, October 4, 2012. Senkaku Naval Battle: JSDF’s Secret Simulation “China is definitely planning a strategy to conquer the Senkaku Islands,” claimed senior researcher of Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Richard Fisher.  The chance of a Senkaku Battle is not...

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Where Are They Now? Chinese Skipper in Senkaku Brouhaha Growing Fat, Banned from Fishing

Where Are They Now? Chinese Skipper in Senkaku Brouhaha Growing Fat, Banned from Fishing

A year after his arrest by the Japan Coast Guard for fishing in Japanese territorial waters, Chinese fishing captain and “Hero of the Chinese People” Tan Qi Xiong is stuck on land, unable to go to sea. A reporter from the Mainichi Japan went to visit him at his home on the Taiwan Strait. Just...

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JSDF Troops May Have to "Hitch a Ride" to Defend Their Own Country

JSDF Troops May Have to “Hitch a Ride” to Defend Their Own Country

SDF troops may need to "hitch a ride" with commercial transportation or U.S. military forces to get to remote Japanese territory. It's a bad idea.

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The GSDF's Nansei Garrisons: What Will They Look Like?

The GSDF’s Nansei Garrisons: What Will They Look Like?

Kyodo has a report on plans to install ground troops on the Nansei islands, and how such garrisons may resemble existing GSDF garrisons for Tsushima and northern Hokkaido. The ministry is eyeing reinforcing surveillance around Japan’s western border as the Self-Defense Forces is only sparsely dispatched in areas to the west of Okinawa’s main island,...

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What “Burden”?

What “Burden”?

Here’s another guest post from JSW contributor Shino Hateruma. This is an introductory post by Shino on U.S. – Japanese relations and the bases on Okinawa. Shino is Japanese but identifies herself as Okinawan. Congratulations to Shino for being accepted into the Ph.D. program at Waseda University! Considering the concentration of the military stationed there,...

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Recommended Read: Economic Crisis Shakes US Forces Overseas

Recommended Read: Economic Crisis Shakes US Forces Overseas

    I would like to recommend an interesting article written by Yonamine Michiyo over at Japan Focus. Originally appearing in the February addition of Sekai, it has been translated by Rumi Sakamoto and Matthew Allen (Rumi also lectures at the University of Auckland and I believe Matthew used to). Among other things it provides a thorough...

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CRS on US-Japan Alliance

CRS on US-Japan Alliance

A Congressional Research Service report on the the US-Japan Alliance (released January 18th, 2011) has been the topic of a number of news articles in the English-language Japanese press reprinting a single Kyodo News release focusing on the report’s view that Article 9 is an ‘obstacle’ to greater cooperation, i.e. in Mainichi. The release made it...

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Japan help defend Taiwan? Yes. (Say what?)

[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=27.098254,125.266113&spn=15.30177,20.148926&t=h&z=6 width=600 height=600 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] Earlier this year the Asahi Shimbun polled Japanese citizens on how they viewed security matters. (I’ve since lost the actual article, but several Taiwanese articles, including this one at the China Post, went on to quote it.) The results were somewhat surprising. The numbers look like this: Should...

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One way to get the Americans out of Okinawa: let China have it.

According to some Chinese scholars, in addition to the Senkakus, Okinawa too should be Chinese: More than a few Chinese scholars are beginning to claim Okinawa as Chinese land by writing numerous academic papers in Chinese journals, though they are still in a minority among historians. Xu Yong, noted professor of history at the Beijing...

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