Monthly archive June, 2010

YouTube Fridays: Assault Rifles of the JGSDF (and the killjoys who catch or deflect their brass)

Japan has fielded two indigenous assault rifle designs in the postwar era. The first is the Howa Type 64, seen here. What is up with the guy holding the grease shield over the ejection port? Is the GSDF really that concerned about flying brass? Guys, that’s what brooms are for. The hollow plink-plink of a rifle bullet...

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Japan and the Strategic Message

(Note: this may be a bit early for a meltdown/screed on this blog, but in the circles I travel in this is known as a “G-Check”.) This morning, while scrolling the latest articles on Google Reader, I caught the YouTube video above about the crow population in Tokyo and efforts to control it. The crow...

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WWII-era mine blown up in Kobe

Via Japan Probe, a naval mine was recently blown up in place by the Maritime Self Defense Force in Kobe. More details. Just two weeks ago an unexploded bomb in Goettingen, Germany killed three bomb disposal experts trying to disarm it.

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Take Japan to war with Shogun: Total War 2

The popular Total War series of PC strategy games is now turning its attention to what appears to be the Sengoku period Japan, with Shogun: Total War 2 coming out in 2011. As PC World says: The country’s divided by warring clans led by daimyos (clan leaders), with you playing as one of said leaders,...

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New Somalia mission eyed for Japanese tankers

Last year, former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama terminated the mission that sent MSDF refueling ships to the Indian Ocean, where they refueled ships involved in Operation Enduring Freedom. Hatoyama and his cabinet objected on the grounds that the mission was not sanctioned by the U.N., a key provision for deployment of Self Defense Force personnel....

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MSDF Training Squadron visit, San Francisco, Day Two

Today it was back to the MSDF Training Squadron at Pier 27, to do the tour again with the general public. Unlike Sunday all three ships were opened up, although I did not board Kashima. In hindsight I should have, I might have been able to meet Rear Admiral Tokumaru. I was tired. One great thing...

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Off Topic: photos from the Varyag press tour

I accompanied Nextnavy.com blogger Craig Hooper to the Russian guided missile cruiser Varyag this morning. (When we heard that the Russians and Japanese were both coming to town this week he contacted the Russians and I the Japanese.) Varyag sailed into San Francisco Bay Sunday and is staying until Friday. We were told that a press...

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Just how dependent is Japan on secure trade routes?

Very. ENERGY (source: CIA World Factbook, 2010) Oil: Production: (2008 estimate): 133,100 barrels/day Consumption (2008 estimate): 4.785 million barrels/day (world rank: 4th) Imports: (2008 estimate): 5.263 million barrels/day (world rank: 3rd) Reserves: (2009 estimate) 44.12 million barrels Natural Gas: Production: (2008 estimate): 5.36 billion cu. m. Consumption: (2008 estimate): 101.1 billion cu. m. (world rank:...

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GSDF helicopters to the Sudan–not so fast.

GSDF helicopters to the Sudan–not so fast.

  The Hatoyama government wanted to send several CH-47 Chinook helicopters to the Sudan to assist in the upcoming elections, as previously reported here. The Foreign Ministry would still like to do it, but the Defense Ministry is concerned the situation won’t be stable enough for the helicopters to operate safely. A referendum on the...

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MSDF Training Squadron visit, San Francisco, Day One

Three Maritime Self Defense Force ships, JS Kashima, JDS Yamagiri, and JDS Sawayuki arrived today in San Francisco, docking at Pier 27 just after 9am this morning. The MSDF Training Squadron is on the first part of a six month, round-the-world cruise that started in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and ends in Busan, South Korea. On...

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Linking to Wikipedia

Here at Japan Security Watch I link to Wikipedia. I do it a lot, sometimes several times in a single post. This morning, while checking my RSS feeds, I saw a post at BloggingPro called “5 Blogging DON’Ts that P*** Me Off“.  One of them is: DON’T Link to Wikipedia. While the majority of information...

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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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