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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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The First Step Towards a Protection of Secrets Law?

The First Step Towards a Protection of Secrets Law?

Following the Senkaku Islands incident last year, is it any wonder that the government is working hard on producing a Protection of Secrets Law?

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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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Guest Post: WikiLeaks’ Debut in Japan

Guest Post: WikiLeaks’ Debut in Japan

Guest post by Hisanori Hirata, an editor at a major Japanese weekly magazine and student of strategic studies.

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Wikileaks and Japan

Wikileaks and Japan

  Mainstream Japanese newspapers have been reluctant to report on Wikileaks and in particular on the information contained in those documents pertaining to the US-Japan relationship…until now. The Asahi Shimbun, perhaps due to some changes in its editorial regime, has decided to go ahead with a very interesting series on the relationship between the US...

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Does Japan have an secret foreign intelligence service?

Does Japan have an secret foreign intelligence service?

That is the question raised in the Sydney Morning Herald today. According to a cable leaked exclusively to the SMH,  a secret foreign intelligence service “modelled on Western intelligence services such as the CIA, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service and Britain’s MI6″ has been created as part of the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office –...

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38 North on Wikileaks and the Korean Peninsula

38 North on Wikileaks and the Korean Peninsula

Wikileaks has given the world insight into the immense volume of diplomatic traffic that passes between Washington and its embassies, even if it hasn’t been entirely significant. One of the State Department’s biggest victims of the whole debacle is the embassy in Seoul which has seen a large amount of its cables posted online. Japan...

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North Korea: Dealing with its demise

North Korea: Dealing with its demise

North Korea is going through a testing transition. As Kim Jong-il appears intent on positioning his son, Kim Jong-un, as heir, there are reports of severe unrest and shortages within. In recent years, the question of whether there can be a stable handover in power has lead to further speculation about the North Korean state...

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The tale of North Korea-Iran cash flow

Robert Neff at The Marmot’s Hole has a fascinating post detailing the money trail from North Korea to Iran via Seoul. This quote of a Choson Ilbo article is a brief introduction: Iran paid North Korea US$2.5 million for arms purchases in 2008 through the South Korean branch of Bank Mellat, U.S. diplomatic cables unveiled...

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