Monthly archive May, 2010

Quote of the Day

“Trying to understand North Korea’s sinking of the Cheonan is like trying to understand Peter Frampton’s guitar-talkin’.” – John Girarde, while listening to portions of Frampton Comes Alive! with this blogger and discussing current events, Sunday, May 30th, 2010.

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This is not a cruise missile…

…but the resemblance between a new Japanese UAV under development… …and an American cruise missile is a bit uncanny. It’s just a coincidence, of course. Aerodynamics are the same in all countries, and so are desirable, efficient aerodyamic shapes, no matter what purpose. Heck, the UAV even has landing gear, it’s supposed to come back! One...

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What would the Marines on Okinawa do?

So asked the Asahi Shimbum newspaper. The Asahi got back many answers. The most detailed explanation about what the Marines would do was made by U.S. Ambassador John Roos at a speech he gave in January at Tokyo’s Waseda University. “The Marines in Okinawa would play a similar rapid response role in any armed conflict...

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Japanese government has “stick it to North Korea day”.

The Japanese government enacted into law several bills Friday designed to put the screws to North Korea. Japan is cracking down on the amount of money that may be brought or sent to North Korea in the form of remittances. The amount that may be remitted to North Korea without notifying the government has been...

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A small footprint

Poking around the U.S. Army  Japan web site I noticed an article by the C.O. of the 78th Aviation Battalion, U.S. Army. I didn’t even know USAJ had an aviation battalion. My eye was drawn to the headline, “Army Aviation’s Economy of Force Mission in Japan“, and I had a feeling where this was going…...

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Kunisaki pic

Chris Albon at Conflict & Health has a great shot of JDS Kunisaki en route to meet up with USNS Mercy and the Pacific Partnership 2010 mission. Check it out.

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Japan turned down over Yonaguni ADIZ proposal

Taiwan has turned down Japan’s request to formally take over all airspace over Yonaguni Island, a Japanese island. Apparently, Taiwan likes the arrangement the way it is–Taiwan responsible for the airspace over the western half of the island (which is only 29 square kilometers), while Japan is responsible for airspace over the eastern half. The...

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YouTube Fridays: FLAMETHROWERS!

Almost every modern army in the world has retired the flamethrower. The U.S. Army retired them sometime around Vietnam, substituting the somewhat mysterious M202 Flash in its place. The last Russian design was, if I remember correctly, the LPO-50, and that design is at least fifty years old. (The Chinese probably still use flamethrowers. But...

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On the Japan – Australia logistics deal

There’s an article in the Stanford Review on the Japan – Australia logistics deal. Key point: Japan and Australia are taking steps to hedge against U.S. decline. Leaders in Japan, Australia, China and around the world are asking themselves whether or not the U.S. will have the economic and military power to maintain its security...

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Japan wants to expand air defense zone

Did you know that Japan is not responsible for defending all airspace over Japanese territory? Me neither. According to this article, Japan and Taiwan share responsibility for the air defense of Yonaguni Island. Yonaguni is the westernmost island in Japan, with a population of 1,800. The United States, which administered the Ryuku Islands (including Okinawa) for...

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China a factor in the U.S. – Japan alliance

Here’s an article at Foreign Policy, Naval Gazing in Asia. Don’t count the U.S. – Japan alliance out, it says, because a rising China will make both sides see the continuing need for it. The article’s good, pointing out that in some respects, relations between Japan and China have never been better. It then goes...

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Nightwatch on the Futenma deal

John McCreary’s excellent Nightwatch had the following to say on 5/23: Japan-US: Update. Japan and the United States reached agreement 22 May on a plan to relocate the US Marine Corps airbase at Futenma, Okinawa Prefecture, Reuters reported. The new agreement makes only minor changes to the 2006 agreement that Prime Minister Hatoyama promised to scrap. A new runway...

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