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JSDF on 2012 Asia - Pacific Humanitarian Mission

JSDF on 2012 Asia – Pacific Humanitarian Mission

Japan will once again send ships and personnel to an annual U.S. – led humanitarian and civic action program. Japan will send the landing ship, tank JS Oosumi, two Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) and twenty medical personnel to Pacific Partnership 2012. The Japanese medical personnel will serve on the mission command ship, the hospital...

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A Quick and Cheap Power Projection Alternative for Japan

A Quick and Cheap Power Projection Alternative for Japan

Over at the USNI Blog, Galrahn posted a link to a marketing article by the shipping company Maersk Line. Galrahn calls it “A Potential Plan B for Seabasing“. The article discusses converting Maersk commercial container ships into Afloat Forward Staging Bases, complete with everything from a 14 V-22 Osprey-capable flight deck to the ability to...

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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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The Diplomat: Japan's Soft Power Chance

The Diplomat: Japan’s Soft Power Chance

A proposal for humanitarian assistance / disaster relief ships to serve Japan and abroad.

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Rising to the Challenge

Rising to the Challenge

Alex Martin at The Japan Times has an interesting article on the psychological and societal strains and benefits of Self-Defense Force operations in the Tohoku disaster. For an organization that is constitutionally-illegitimate, socially unappreciated, yet essential to Japanese security, disaster relief operations have always been a welcome chance to show the SDF’s worth. This time,...

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On GSDF – ROK Army cooperation in Haiti

On GSDF – ROK Army cooperation in Haiti

Here’s a guest post by Corey Wallace, author of the blog Sigma1. Corey is both friend of JSW and wise counsel as I learn about Japanese security issues. This is Corey’s first post for JSW. –Kyle Mizokami. Yesterday the Yomiuri Shimbun reported (ja) on a promising development where the GSDF and ROK Army have been...

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Japan and Wikileaks

Richard Smart at Tokyo Digital Journalism has been going through the Wikileaks Cablegate logs for references to Japan. See his work so far here. Here’s a sample: The current retaining wall was constructed 4 years ago by a Japanese NGO. The retaining wall failed with the previous heavy rains and eroded away 3 acres of farm land....

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Japan, Jordan in nuclear technology deal

Japan and France appear close to helping construct Jordan’s first nuclear power plant. “We hope to sign an agreement with Japan in less than two months,” Hassan told The Jordan Times late Wednesday, highlighting the broad international support enjoyed by the Kingdom’s peaceful nuclear energy programme. The deal paves the way for Japanese companies to...

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Hamid Karzai visits Japan

Naoto Kan has the dubious honor of receiving Hamid Karzai as his first head of state visitor. The Afghan leader will be discussing his government’s efforts to strengthen governance and improve security, according to Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kazuo Kodama. The two leaders are also expected to tackle Thursday the implementation of aid measures that...

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Pacific Partnership 2010: Cambodia

Pacific Partnership 2010, the tour of the USNS Mercy and JDS Kunisaki through Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific, has dropped anchor in Cambodia. The article cited refers to JDS Kunisaki as a destroyer. This is incorrect. Kunisaki is a landing ship, tank. It’s a bit frustrating to see mention of this rather important annual...

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GSDF engineers as Japan’s soft power envoys

From the Daily Yomiuri comes this article about the Ground Self Defense Forces engineers, from their postwar establishment to their current mission in Haiti. Currently 170 engineers serve in Haiti out of a total SDF complement of 350, operating bulldozers and pneumatic shovels to remove earthquake rubble from stricken areas. The GSDF engineers originally started...

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Pacific Partnership Pics

The Pacific Partnership’s Flickr account has a few more pictures of the JDS Kunisaki and crew. I asked two different Japanese speakers how to romanize おおすみ。Tentatively I’m going with Osumi. Apparently they brought a couple of Japanese LCACs with them. Japan has 6 LCACs, or 2 per LST. One of Kunisaki‘s many roles is introducing...

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