Monthly archive March, 2010

Boeing willing to let Japan make Super Hornet

via Alert 5. Boeing Co said it is willing to outsource some production of its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter planes to Japanese firms if the Japanese government decides to buy them as the country’s next mainstay fighter aircraft. (Link) That’s real nice. Methinks however that if the Japanese hold out a bit, the deal could...

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Cost overruns make F-35 less attractive to Japan

The F-35, otherwise known as the ball and chain seemingly the entire Western world finds itself chained to, is probably not looking so good to Tokyo right now. WASHINGTON (Kyodo) Japan may think twice about selecting the U.S.-built F-35 as its new mainstay fighter, given the high cost of the aircraft, observers said Thursday. Obama...

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Japan Defense Focus Magazine-January 2010 issue

The latest issue of Japan Defense Focus went up last month. It’s a quarterly, so I don’t look very often. I guess now I know to look every January. Link is here (3 MB PDF file.) Anywho, it’s not terribly interesting. Here’s a roundup. Address by new Minister of Defense. He thanks JSDF for hard...

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Secret U.S.-Japan Security pacts exposed!

Apparently there were several, and the ruling DPJ party is bent on exposing all of them. The Times of India says: Soon after coming to power, the government set up a panel of historians to probe the long-whispered existence of pacts between the two countries. Their findings are expected to be released some time this...

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Housekeeping note…

This blog is still only 24 hours old. Please consider it a work in progress. It’ll probably take a month or two to really reach its stride. The pic used in the header was probably cribbed from Militaryphotos.net, from the estimable Tora’s steady stream of JSDF pics. I went through many pics trying to find...

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Japan, Australia in joint logistics deal

On the surface, this makes a lot of sense: Under the deal — only the second for officially pacifist Japan after the one signed with key ally the United States — Japan and Australia will provide food, fuel and other logistical support to each other during peacekeeping operations, disaster-relief missions and other activities, Nikkei said....

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Iron Fist 2010

An exercise at Camp Pendleton, California between the United States Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the Ground Self Defense Forces. Marine Corps Times article here, click on the screen capture above for a New Tang Dynasty Television video. (I have no idea what “New Tang Dynasty Television” is, but they seem to be the only...

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