Monthly archive May, 2010

Chinese FM “enraged” at Japan’s call for nuke cuts

Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada has made several appeals to Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi for China to reduce it’s nuclear stockpile and commit to worldwide nuclear disarmament. This latest appeal irritated Yang so much that at last week’s talks in South Korea: With tension showing on his face, Yang maintained that Beijing’s nuclear policy...

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Japan, Australia finalize logistics deal

The Japan – Australia logistics deal first mentioned here in March is now official. The Japan-Australia Acquisition and Cross-servicing Agreement, or ACSA, is intended to promote closer cooperation between the Australian Defense Force and the Self-Defense Forces of Japan in disaster relief, peacekeeping operations and humanitarian missions. Under the new framework, Japanese and Australian troops...

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50th Anniversary U.S. – Japan Pact stamps found

Found the stamps. They’re kind of nice. Trying to read Eisenhower’s body language, but the image size is not idea. Japanese government web sites are terrible about providing high resolution images. I’d prefer a picture with more detail, but Japanese government web sites are notoriously stingy on providing high resolution images. Notice how much of...

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Japanese pilots practice midair refueling for Red Flag

Japanese F-15 pilots have been practicing midair refueling in order to travel to Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska for Red Flag. The training comes as Japanese pilots from Naha and Hyakuri air bases prepare to fly across the Pacific to participate in a Red Flag Alaska exercise in June at Eielson Air Force Base,...

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Kanrin Maru Symposium, Part Two

On the remarks below, please remember that this is a learning blog. The conference on a whole was rather enjoyable. The conference participants were a good mix of government, private industry, and ex-government types. Everyone was quite nice and I met several interesting people. At $65 for non-members, lunch and six hours of speaking, the...

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This summer, get your U.S. – Japan security stamps

Starting in June, Japan will issue stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of the U.S. – Japan security pact. Each sheet will consist of two kinds of stamps showing Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi and President Dwight Eisenhower signing the treaty and the government buildings of the two countries. (Japan Times) The stamps don’t appear to be...

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Kanrin Maru Symposium, Part One

Monday, May 10th, 2010 I attended the Japan Society of Northern California’s Kanrin Maru Symposium: The Future of the U.S.-Japan Relationship. The event was at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco. I attended as a private party, not as press, although I was given the opportunity to do so. I paid my own way. (For...

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Towards a healthier U.S./Japan alliance

Doug Bandow at the Cato Institute has an article up at The National Interest Online called “Japan Can Defend Itself”. It’s what you would expect from the Cato Institute and has been one of their favorite drums to bang in the post-Cold War world: regional allies need to do more, so the U.S. can scale...

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SDF tackles domestic insurgency

The Self Defense Forces have finally found a domestic, home-grown insurgency to combat: foot and mouth disease. As of Sunday, more than 110 farms and facilities in the prefecture have been found to have cows, pigs and other livestock suspected of being infected with the disease, with a total of more than 85,000 domesticated animals...

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ROK, Japanese planes trail Bear bombers over the Pacific

ROK, Japanese planes trail Bear bombers over the Pacific

Russian Defense Ministry officials said that two Tu-95MS Bear bombers were shadowed by Japanese and South Korean fighters as they flew over the Pacific Ocean Wednesday. Japanese fighters were described as F-2s. F-15s are also mentioned, but both Japan and South Korea have F-15s in their inventory. The bombers were apparently flying from Ukrainka airbase,...

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You gotta love UPI…

The screenshot says it all. Here’s the article. That’s Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, by the way.

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Japan and space-based anti-submarine warfare

Peter Brown wrote in to let me know about a new article of his in the Asia Times. The article, on Non-Acoustic Anti-Submarine Warfare (NAASW), discusses how space-based sensors are in development by both the United States and Japan to conduct broad area surveillance over the oceans to detect submarines. Some very interesting stuff. Japan’s...

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