soft power

Japan donates aid to Guatemala

Japan has announced an emergency aid package of $US 220,000 ($A261,438) to help Guatemala recover from tropical storm Agatha, which left more than 150 dead in the nation. The aid is aimed at helping recovery from the storm and represents “the friendship between Japan and Guatemala,” according to a statement from the Japanese embassy on...

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Kunisaki pic

Chris Albon at Conflict & Health has a great shot of JDS Kunisaki en route to meet up with USNS Mercy and the Pacific Partnership 2010 mission. Check it out.

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More on Japan and hospital ships

Chris Albon at Conflict and Health disagrees with me on why doesn’t Japan build hospital ships. Japan’s lack of hospital ships has nothing to do with a limited imagination or a hesitation to import good ideas from overseas. In fact, many would argue that historically Japan’s power came precisely from its willingness to adopt good...

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Why doesn’t Japan have its own soft power cruises?

The hospital ship USNS Mercy left San Diego yesterday, on the first leg of the Pacific Partnership 2010 mission. I sent in a request to embed with them under my War Is Boring credentials, but never heard a peep. Oh well. More than the embarkation missions on combat vessels or with combat units, I was...

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