South Pacific
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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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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Asian Security Blog: Japan is an E.U. Country Trapped in Asia

Asian Security Blog: Japan is an E.U. Country Trapped in Asia

Here’s a guest post from Robert Kelly, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Diplomacy, Pusan National University. Robert blogs at the excellent Asian Security Blog. JSW and Asian Security Blog will be cross-posting over the next week or so. The Council of Foreign Relations blog, Asia Unbound, is quite good. If you don’t read it, you probably should...

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Japan trying to buy permanent U.N. Security Council seat

Japan wooing South Pacific island nations in its bid for a U.N. Security Council. Pacific and Japanese leaders met in Tokyo over the weekend where they reviewed Japan’s aid commitments and agreed to work closely on climate change efforts. Japan has long been a key donor in the Pacific and is keen to build support...

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