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Nippon.com: Japan’s Diplomatic Agenda for the Asia-Pacific

Jiji Press commentator Yoshikatsu Suzuki discusses the way ahead for Japanese diplomacy in 2012, focusing relevantly enough on the Philippines, which recently offered the US a chance at a new base – an offer the US has turned down, and the Indian Ocean, in whose ports Suzuki sees Japan needing to gain a presence. It makes for an interesting look at some of the contemporary issues affecting Japanese foreign policy.

The year 2012 marks the start of efforts to build a new order in the Asia-Pacific region. The world faces a number of difficult issues and situations whose outcome is in doubt: the Arab Spring, the European crisis, Iran’s nuclear program, and the outlook for North Korea after the death of Kim Jong-il. Now is the time for writing new rules and formulating new frameworks for an era of change. Things are already beginning to stir on the political stage, with changes of government, scheduled or otherwise, likely in a number of countries in the near future.

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Asia Security Watch: The Enigma of AirSea Battle

Asia Security Watch: The Enigma of AirSea Battle

Air Sea Battle is taking center stage in the emerging American Pacific regional military strategy. Now that the concept has acquired new-found fame, it has also similarly acquired enemies. Marine Corps War College Professor James Lacey is the latest to attack AirSea Battle as a operational concept elevated to strategy. Bryan McGrath of Information Dissemination...

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Discussion: North Korean Mobile ICBMs - Implications for Japan

Discussion: North Korean Mobile ICBMs – Implications for Japan

JSW readers discuss the implications of news that North Korea is developing road-mobile ICBMs capable of reaching Japan.

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Hokkaido's Type-90 Tanks To Train in Kyushu

Hokkaido's Type-90 Tanks To Train in Kyushu

Japan's most controversial tank, the Type-90, is to take part in exercises in Kyushu. The tank is currently only deployed in Hokkaido and so must make the journey across the country along with over a hundred other vehicles.

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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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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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North Korea’s Kongbang-class ACV

North Korea’s Kongbang-class ACV

According to a Chosun Ilbo report, North Korea have begun construction on a  combat hovercraft base in the Koampo area of Hwanghae, Province.just 50-60 km from South Korea’s Baeknyeong Island in the Yellow Sea. The base can apparently accommodate up to 70 of North Korea’s hovercraft. Each of the vessels can carry a platoon and...

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The small print (Jan 30 2011)

The small print (Jan 30 2011)

#1: More abductee sightings Following last week’s news that Yaeko Taguchi had been spotted in Pyongyang last year, the brother of Shuichi Ichikawa reports that Ichikawa was spotted with his wife Rumiko Matsumoto in 2006, contradicting claims that they had died in 1979 and 1981 respectively. Ichikawa’s brother has not revealed his source. In related news,...

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Japan and strategic communication with China

Interesting AFP article on a Chinese blogger and his suggestions for opening up China to Japanese points of view. “I urge Japanese people to open your mind. We need your voice. We need your real information,” said the blogger, who writes under the name of Michael Anti, at a press conference in Tokyo. He added...

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Prime Minister’s Defense panel report–outside thoughts

I haven’t read the report prepared by The Council for National Security and Defense Buildup in the New Era–although the Japanese version has highlights in English, I don’t think a fully translated version exists yet. In the meantime, enjoy the following commentary from related blogs on JSW‘s blogroll: * Corey Wallace at Sigma1, “Japan as...

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How does Japan avoid being the front-line state?

Reading Richard Halloran’s article in the Air Force Times on AirSea Battle, I was struck by the following, in which researchers from a Washington think tank tried to figure out how China might start a war with the U.S.: China, say the researchers, may be planning a pre-emptive missile strike intended to destroy US air...

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