Monthly archive June, 2010

Kan: China needs to be deterred

Quite a statement from the new Prime Minister. From Xinhua: BEIJING, June 24 (Xinhua) — China voiced concern Thursday over Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s reported remarks that the military presence of the United States in Japan is an important deterrent to China. Kan made the remarks during a debate session with leaders of other...

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Housekeeping notes

-FYI, the average number of posts will dip slightly. It’s that time again: 日本語便居勉強します。Got to hit the books and study so that I can actually draw from Japanese sources. When I originally started this blog, I had no idea I would hit the posting tempo that I did. Much of it has been related to...

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Another 22DDH article surfaces

Defense Aerospace.com, citing an article in Forecast International, says of 22DDH: The superstructure is very similar to that of the Hyuga class with the difference that the 01 deck is extended forward, probably to accommodate a vertical launch silo for air defense missiles. The point defenses of the new ships are more than doubled, with...

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Who says Japan and South Korea can’t get along?

From The Daily Yomiuri: “South Korea lost to Uruguay and we could not reach the quarterfinals,” President Lee Myung Bak told Prime Minister Naoto Kan at the G-8 summit in Toronto on Saturday evening. “But we hope that Japan, as representatives of Asia, will accomplish what we could not.” (Link) Hey, isn’t that nice?

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Good article on RIMPAC

Honolulu being a Navy town, this article explains the RIMPAC exercises a bit better than most. D.E. Reddick take note of the third to the last paragraph…

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Defense Minister Kitazawa doesn’t want to “do the Sudan thing”

Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa has told Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada he “doesn’t want to do the Sudan thing”. That “thing” is dispatching 4 CH-47 helicopters and 300 personnel to move ballots and election supervisors during the upcoming Sudanese elections. Total cost to move 4 heavy lift helicopters and 300 personnel from Japan to the Sudan,...

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For Japan’s consideration: air to air missile defense

This article at ARES describes Raytheon making  the case for using “legacy fighters”in the BMD role. The concept, Network-Centric Airborne Defense Element (NCADE), would require a fighter capable of carrying the AIM-120 AMRAAM medium range air to air missile coupled with modern radars. The fighter-radar-missile combination “would make a lot of sense for Asian countries” that fly...

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June is a very busy month for the JDSF

The month of June is seeing an extraordinary amount of activity for the JSDF. Consider: Red Flag 2010 Unknown #, possibly 6 F-15J air superiority fighters (Naha and Hyakuri Air Bases, 305 Hikotai) 3 C-130H Transports (401 Hikotai) 1 KC-767 tanker Pacific Partnership 2010 JDS Osumi MSDF Training Squadron (round the world cruise) JS Kashima JDS Yamagiri...

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FOREX 2010

Yet another U.S. Navy – MSDF exercise. PACIFIC OCEAN (Jun. 11, 2010) – U.S. and JMSDF Midshipmen aboard the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship JDS Hiei (DDH 142) observe the movement of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) with the ships “big eyes” during recent underway operations in the Pacific Ocean....

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Undersea Warfare Exercise 2010

The U.S. – Japanese exercise Undersea Warfare 2010 is also going on right now. I can’t find much about it, but the caption for this photo is: EAST CHINA SEA (Jun. 20, 2010) – Capt. Daniel Grieco, left, executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), explains how aircraft are moved around...

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RIMPAC 2010

The MSDF sent three ships to RIMPAC 2010 that I’ve been able to count so far. This is Japan’s 30th year of participating in the annual exercise. JDS Mochishio, a Oyashio-class diesel submarine. Akebono, a Murasame-class destroyer. Named after the sumo wrestler. Atago, lead ship of her class. Atago was just in Canada at a...

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Collective Defense and Japan

Via JSW pal Reide Baxter, this article from May 2007 on Japan and collective self defense, particularly with regards to its alliance with the United States. It’s reading in its entirety, as it does a good job of laying out Japan’s problems when it comes to mutual assistance. The bottom line: it’s okay for Japan to...

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