Monthly archive September, 2010

Continuing developments in the Japan – China dispute

- China has released three of the four Fujita Corp. employees arrested for unauthorized filming in a “military zone”. The three Japanese nationals released on Thursday admitted to violating Chinese law, Xinhua news agency said. Japan’s media identified the fourth man as 57-year-old Sadamu Takahashi. A government spokesman said it was not clear why the...

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Now Russia hardening on territorial claims

Russian president Dmitri Medvedev has cancelled a planned trip to the disputed “Northern Territories”, but vows to make the trip again, soon. The latest diplomatic crisis was sparked by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s tour of the easternmost section of his country and his comments that the four islands represent “a very important region in our...

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U.S. cruise missile submarine surfaces in Japan

U.S. cruise missile submarine surfaces in Japan

USS Michigan, a cruise missile-firing nuclear submarine, has surfaced at Yokosuka Naval Base, outside Tokyo. This was actually on Japanese news last night, but because I couldn’t understand what the newscaster was saying (they were rolling video of the stern of Michigan taken from a private boat) I wasn’t sure if it was news or...

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GSDF helicopters to Pakistan–how they got there

I found this graphic on the Ministry of Defense web site. Here’s the whole thing. If I follow it correctly, the 3 UH-1 Huey medium lift and 3 CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopters sent to Pakistan arrived via three different ways. - The 3 UH-1 Hueys were sent via C-130 Hercules transport. - 2 of...

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Japan – China Confrontation: one more round

- China called on Japan to offer compensation for the detention of the Chinese ship captain, Zhan Qixiong. A declaration by China’s Foreign Ministry on the captain’s arrest stated that Japan had “flagrantly violated the territorial and sovereign rights of China and the human rights of its citizens.” It continued, “The Chinese government proclaims its...

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First Indian – Japanese army to army talks held

India and Japan in joint military talks: During the talks, the two sides will discuss their mutual security issues along with institutionalising the annual calendar of the exchanges between them in the coming year,” army officials said here. The Japanese delegation for the talks is led by their director general for policy and programmes Major...

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Japan to decide on Global Hawk purchase

Japan is considering buying four Global Hawk UAVs for long-range surveillance. From Ares: The Japanese military’s joint staff office is studying the possible order, reflecting its status as a national program. A force of four could provide a continuous patrol, even with one in deep maintenance. The navy is arguing that Japan is not ready...

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Multinational BMD conference held in Kyoto

If you’re in Kyoto and have $1,400 USD to spare, you might want to check out the Year 2010 Multinational BMD Conference and Exhibition, at the Kyoto International Conference Center. Organized by the American Institute for Aeronautics, the 2010 conference describes itself thusly: OVERVIEW Delegates attending this year’s conference will have the opportunity to hear views from...

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Suicide and the Self-Defense Forces

Japan has a national problem with suicides, and the Self-Defense Forces are no exception. According to the Defense Ministry, from fiscal 1994 to 1997 the number of suicides among administrative officials and service members was between 40 and 69 per year, but increased gradually before hitting 100 suicides in fiscal 2004 and 101 in fiscal...

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So that’s why the MoD web site is so slow

According to this article, for three days last week Japanese government web sites slowed as a result of Distributed Denial of Service computer attacks: In the wake of the Sept. 7 sea dispute involving a Chinese fishing boat that collided with two Japanese patrol vessels near a disputed island chain, Japan suspects Chinese hackers last...

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30,000!

Thursday evening this blog hit 30,000 readers. 294 posts in seven months. Not sure how I did it, but glad I did. Thanks everyone for visiting!

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Fishing boat incident: one more and I’m done

Really, can’t take it anymore. Too depressing. Publishing this and then taking the weekend off. * Ampontan: coming attractions * Japan Probe: Japan Caves in to Chinese Pressure (comments particularly interesting) * Foreignpolicy.com: photo slideshow

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