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Meet Japan's New NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle

Meet Japan’s New NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle

The GSDF's new NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle goes on display at the GSDF Chemical School in Saitama.

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Japan's 'Three Principles of Arms Exports' about to enter a new phase

Japan’s ‘Three Principles of Arms Exports’ about to enter a new phase

At today’s meeting of the Japanese Security Council (安全保障会議) the proposal to relax Japan’s ‘Three Principles of Arms Exports’ (武器輸出三原則 – hereafter, the ‘Three Principles’) will be tabled and agreed to. The information will be publicly promulgated by way of a Chief Cabinet Secretary Statement (官房長官談話). That this is finally happening is not much of...

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What if 9/11 Had Happened in Japan?

What if 9/11 Had Happened in Japan?

The morning of September 11th, 2001 I was waiting in line to catch the ferry to work when a friend called. I’d been seeing hints of something bad going on all morning; when I rolled out of bed at 7am I’d seen reports on the Internet of a plane having crashed into one of the...

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Sankei: Increasing Counter-Terrorism Readiness in the Capital

Sankei: Increasing Counter-Terrorism Readiness in the Capital

The creation of a new rapid response force is being considered within the Ground Self-Defense Force to operate within a 3km radius of Kasumigaseki, where the Prime Minister's official residence and government ministries are gathered.

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Alliance Diversification Watch: Indonesia

Alliance Diversification Watch: Indonesia

In the last few years one of the more intriguing but subtle trends in Japan’s security policy evolution are the tentative moves towards what could be called “alliance diversification.” It may be a coincidence but this is something that has seemingly sped up since the DPJ has come to power, with stronger relations being developed...

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Sensitive anti-terrorism docs leaked in Japan

This sounds rather serious. More than 100 documents give personal details of people co-operating with terrorism inquiries, and foreigners in Japan apparently under investigation. The documents, which also include intelligence believed to have come from the FBI, are thought to have been published via file-sharing software. (Link) Also: Names and addresses of Japanese investigators were...

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Bomb Disposal in Tokyo

Via Japan Probe: That’s a bad time to have a summer cold. Japanese police use a robot arm to take care of some suspicious luggage during an anti-terror drill in Roppongi…The drill was part of the preparation for November’s APEC summit in Yokohama. It was meant to show how Japanese police are ready for terrorist...

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M. Star radar showed 2 small vessels before explosion

    So says Kyodo. Data retrieved from the tanker’s voyage data recorder shows two small vessels changing directions several times and making other suspicious moves, raising the possibility they may have been involved in the purported attack. The Japan Transport Safety Board and the government-run National Maritime Research Institute are analyzing images in the...

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