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Asia Security Watch: The PLA on Afghanistan

Asia Security Watch: The PLA on Afghanistan

As the Iraq war concludes, there have been plenty of debate in the United States about what specific lessons can be learned from the conflict and the ongoing counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan. Curious about what the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) made of the whole enterprise? Andrew Scobell, David Lai, and Roy Kamphausen have edited...

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Japan bends arms export rules

Japan bends arms export rules

The biggest piece of news concerning the Self-Defense Forces this week is Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa’s announcement that Japan will sell used propellors from the MSDF’s US-1A flying boats. The propellors will be used to supply the Afghan military with some refurbished transport planes. The US approached Japan secretly in August 2010 to ask for...

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Japan and Wikileaks

Richard Smart at Tokyo Digital Journalism has been going through the Wikileaks Cablegate logs for references to Japan. See his work so far here. Here’s a sample: The current retaining wall was constructed 4 years ago by a Japanese NGO. The retaining wall failed with the previous heavy rains and eroded away 3 acres of farm land....

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After 9 years of war, Japan finally set to join ISAF

Nine years after the start of the Afghan war, Japan may soon be sending troops to contribute to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Japan is planning to send ten Self Defense Force medical personnel, including doctors and nurses, to Afghanistan. Prime Minister Naoto Kan told U.S. President Barack Obama at their Nov. 13 meeting...

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Medical personnel to Afghanistan by year’s end

Japan is sending 10 medical personnel to Afghanistan to teach the Afghan Army medical procedures. This is the first dispatch of Japanese military to Afghanistan in nine years of war, with the exception of military attaches at the Japanese embassy. The team would not be placed under the command of the International Security Assistance Force...

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GSDF choppers ordered to Pakistan–a/c breakdown

Kyodo says it’s 3 UH-1s and 3 CH-47s. (Link) I know, but really, how bad could Kyodo screw that up?

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SDF helicopters going to Pakistan

Last week, the Pakistani government asked Japan to send helicopters to help deal with the humanitarian crisis sparked by the worst local flooding in 80 years. The mission has been approved and the helicopters will soon be on their way. Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa ordered the defence forces Thursday to prepare for the dispatch in...

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Japan considering sending SDF helicopters to Pakistan

Japan has received a request from Pakistan to help deal with a humanitarian crisis caused by deadly floods. A government official Wednesday said the government is weighing a request received from the Pakistani government Tuesday to dispatch SDF helicopter corps to transport relief goods to flooded areas in Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa Province. (Link) The flooding in Pakistan...

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Japanese Ambassador calls on Pakistani Joint Chief of Staff

Here’s the whole article. ISLAMABAD, June 18 (APP): Ambassador of Japan Chihiro Atsumi on Friday called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Tariq Majeed, at Joint Staff Headquarters. During the meeting they discussed matters pertaining to regional security situation, bilateral cooperation and other issues of mutual interest. General Tariq highlighted the importance of Pakistan...

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Karzai to Japan: did you hear I have $1,000,000,000,000 in minerals?

What do you say if you’re a corrupt leader of an impoverished country with one trillion dollars’ worth of minerals visiting the resource-poor #2 economy in the world? In exchange for billions in Japanese foreign aid now, Hamid Karzai unsubtly hints Japan could get preferential treatment in future Afghan mineral exploitation. Japan, the second-largest donor...

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