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Asian Security Blog: Japan’s Defense Future

JSW pal Robert Kelly at Asian Security Blog recently asked me to do a guest post on Japan's defense future. It turned into a two-parter.

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Wikileaks: The Self Defense Forces and a Korean Contingency

Wikileaks: The Self Defense Forces and a Korean Contingency

Buried in a United States State Department cable dated July 31st, 2008 is a description of how Japan would respond to a contingency on the Korean peninsula. SUBJECT: DASD MAHNKEN MEETINGS IN JAPAN ON BILATERAL PLANNING JSDF Planning for a Korean Contingency ————————————– ¶9. (S) MOD and JSO representatives gave a presentation on JSDF activities...

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Biggest Threat to South Korea According to Korean Teenagers: Japan

Biggest Threat to South Korea According to Korean Teenagers: Japan

A survey of Korean middle and high school students finds 44.5% consider Japan the biggest threat to South Korea. Are the results the effect of politicized education?

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Yuriko Koike on Kan, the Nuclear Problem and Asia

Yuriko Koike on Kan, the Nuclear Problem and Asia

Yuriko Koike: For Kan, the real priority during the nuclear crisis was his government’s effort to maintain its grip on power, not reassuring Japan’s neighbors of the actions it was taking to contain a potential threat to their citizens.

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Nukes, Carriers and Boomers: The Dream of General Tamogami

Nukes, Carriers and Boomers: The Dream of General Tamogami

Tamogami wants Japanese rearmament. He wants a nuclear deterrent for Japan. He wants nuclear propulsion for ships. He wants cruise missiles. He wants aircraft carriers. In short, he wants all of the things many countries already have.

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MSDF Officer on Growth of South Korean Navy

MSDF Officer on Growth of South Korean Navy

In Spring 2010, former Vice-Admiral Yoji Koda of the Maritime Self-Defense Force wrote an article for the US Naval War College Review on the rise of the Republic of Korea Navy (The Emerging Republic of Korea Navy: A Japanese Perspective). The whole article makes for an interesting read, but I’ve highlighted the main bilateral-oriented conclusion...

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North Korean Submarine Drills

North Korean Submarine Drills

The Chosun Ilbo reported today that the South Korean military has been put on alert in response to increased submarine drills by the North: From: N.Korea Steps Up Submarine Drills “The North has been staging drills by mobilizing five or six subs including new Shark-class ones from naval bases on the east and west coasts,”...

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South Korea's Aid to Japan

South Korea’s Aid to Japan

This from Yonhap, via ROK Drop, which is doing great work covering the disaster here: The 102-member South Korean rescue team, which also includes six medical workers and an eight-person support staff, was to depart at around 11:30 p.m. on three Air Force C-130 planes from a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul, Vice...

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Managing the US-Japan Alliance

Managing the US-Japan Alliance

The US-Japan Security Treaty has been the backbone of Japan’s national defense posture for 51 years. In its current form, the security of Japan is heavily reliant on the US military presence. While most Japanese recognise the importance of the pact for their security, the relationship is not without significant tension nor existential crises. 20...

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CSIS on the Japanese Left and the Korean Military Balance

CSIS on the Japanese Left and the Korean Military Balance

Japan Security Watch readers might be interested in the following publications from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). In With a Left Like This, Who Needs the Right?, Jeffery Hornung charts the DPJ’s stance on many issues that were previously the ground of the LDP. He concludes: Along with continued support for the...

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Protecting South Korea's West Sea Islands: Israel's Spike Missiles

Protecting South Korea’s West Sea Islands: Israel’s Spike Missiles

South Korea wants to purchase 50 Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel and would like to deploy them on Yeonpyeong island by mid-2012, Yonhap News reported on Monday. The island, which was hit by North Korean artillery last November, is only 12 km from North Korea’s coast. It is part of a group of islands known...

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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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