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Japan's Regional Security Environment and Possibilities for Conflict

Japan’s Regional Security Environment and Possibilities for Conflict

The next 5 months could be one of high drama and tension in East Asia geopolitics due to various leadership transitions and elections. In South Korea we have already seen election year sensitivities coming to have real life policy consequences with the last-minute cancellation of the ACSA/GSOMIA military accords between Japan and the ROK. With the presidential...

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Military Pact Between South Korean and Japan Sidelined by Election Year Shenanigans

Military Pact Between South Korean and Japan Sidelined by Election Year Shenanigans

South Korea has shelved a pact with Japan that would have increased military cooperation and sharing of intelligence data

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U.S. Military Conducts Naval Drills with Japan & South Korea and Live-fire Exercise with ROKN

U.S. Military Conducts Naval Drills with Japan & South Korea and Live-fire Exercise with ROKN

It's a busy week for ever emerging East Asian Alliances....

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Robert Kelly: “What if Ron Paul Won”–Japan and South Korea

JSW pal Robert Kelly, assistant professor at Pusan National University and CNN contributor, has a series of posts at Asian Security Blog speculating on how a Ron Paul presidency would affect U.S. relations with a variety of its neighbors and traditional allies. Regarding Japan, Robert says in part: The real reason for [U.S. Forces Japan]...

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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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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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Japan and AirSea Battle

Japan and AirSea Battle

Sasebo Naval Base, just outside Nagasaki. Creative Commons photo, Flickr user Fui. In the early-1980s, the U.S. Department of Defense, struggling to figure out how to defend West Germany from a Warsaw Pact invasion, created AirLand Battle. AirLand Battle had one purpose: to stop Soviet, East German, and Polish mechanized forces from overrunning western Europe in...

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Asia Security Watch: South Korea to Export Submarines to Indonesia

Asia Security Watch: South Korea to Export Submarines to Indonesia

A $1.1 Billion submarine deal with Indonesia effectively doubles South Korea's arms exports

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Asia Security Watch: South Korea Developing Bunker-Buster Bombs

Asia Security Watch: South Korea Developing Bunker-Buster Bombs

South Korea both buying US weapons systems and designing their own for use by 2013

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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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Asia Security Watch: South Korea Seeking to Acquire Controversial CBU-105 Cluster Bombs

Asia Security Watch: South Korea Seeking to Acquire Controversial CBU-105 Cluster Bombs

Going against world trends, South Korea pursues the acquisition of US-made CBU-105 Cluster Munitions

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Asia Security Watch: North Korea Hates Christmas

Asia Security Watch: North Korea Hates Christmas

North Korea threatens action against South Korea on reports the ROK will again be setting up Christmas lights on the DMZ border

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