Monthly archive August, 2010

It’s official: Japan is getting Marines

It’s really happening: Japan is getting Marines. Corey Wallace at Sigma1 summarizes from a Asahi article that hasn’t made it into English yet. According to an Asahi Shimbun article here (jp), the MoD plan to convert a GSDF infantry regiment into a US-style amphibious unit is proceeding. Given the rapid modernization of Chinese defense forces,...

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Prime Minister’s Defense panel report–outside thoughts

I haven’t read the report prepared by The Council for National Security and Defense Buildup in the New Era–although the Japanese version has highlights in English, I don’t think a fully translated version exists yet. In the meantime, enjoy the following commentary from related blogs on JSW‘s blogroll: * Corey Wallace at Sigma1, “Japan as...

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Oops! F-2 has taxiing accident

Via Alert 5. A Japanese F-2B twin-seat fighter suffered damaged to its center-line fuel tank and left wing when its landing gear retracted while taxiing to park at Matsushima AFB on Aug. 24. (Link) Picture above. (Link) This is the second landing gear-related accident in a year for the ASDF. Earlier this year a F-15...

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JSW cited in The Asia Times

“Japanese forces gird for mock island assault“, by Peter J. Brown, The Asia Times, August 31, 2010.

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Japanese SAR satellite on the fritz

Japan has four spy satellites in orbit. The satellites, commissioned to keep track of North Korea’s missile program, were launched in the mid to late 2000s.  Three of the satellites are optical satellites. Japan’s only synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite, No. 2, has apparently lost power. According to the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center, the No....

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Worth reading

Thomas at Blirg (the blog about international relations) wrote in to share an article he wrote about Japan’s strategic relevance. You’ll find it here. Other suggestions? Email me at kyle dot mizokami at gmail dot com. Thanks!

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Housekeeping Note

I’ll be guest editing at War Is Boring starting next week, and posting here might slow down a bit. David Axe is going to the Congo for six weeks, and someone has to keep WIB going in case he comes back. As for Mr. Axe, he’s got a new book out, give it a read....

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MSDF sends another pair of destroyers to the Horn of Africa

I believe this is the sixth rotation of ships to the anti-piracy mission. A Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer left the Sasebo base in Nagasaki Prefecture on Thursday for antipiracy operations off Somalia under a law authorizing MSDF warships to escort commercial vessels sailing under any flag. The 4,650-ton Makinami will link up with the 3,550-ton MSDF...

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Japan’s largest business lobby: arms ban a threat to the nation

The Keidanren, Japan’s largest business lobby, argues that Japan’s arms ban is bad for the country. Japan will be left behind as a “closed nation” in military technology because the ban prevents companies from joining international weapons projects, such as Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 Joint Striker Fighter, said Keiichiro Iwasaki, a member of the defense...

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Thoughts on a Japanese Marine Corps, #3: The MSDF

Thoughts on a Japanese Marine Corps, #3: The MSDF

In a lot of ways, the Maritime Self Defense Force is already well equipped to carry a Japanese amphibious force. The MSDF amphibious forces order of battle currently looks like this: 3 Osumi-class Landing Ship, Tank ships 4 LCUs (Landing Craft, Utility) 12 LCMs (Landing Craft, Medium) 6 LCACs (Landing Craft, Air Cushion) This gives...

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MSDF officers tried for collision at sea deaths

Two MSDF officers on duty when the Aegis destroyer Atago collided with a fishing board pled not guilty in court in a court in Yokohama to the charges of “professional negligence leading to death” and “professional negligence leading to endangering traffic.” The accident, which took place in 2008 off the coast of Japan, resulted in...

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Can the Self Defense Forces Actually Defend Japan?

Via Japan Probe. Just wanted to share this. Don’t have enough information to comment on it.

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