Monthly archive September, 2010

Japan makes pitch for a U.N. Security Council seat

Prime Minister Naoto Kan is in New York at the United Nations, lobbying for U.N. Security Council reform. Does that reform include making Japan a permanent member of the council? Why yes, yes it does! In his speech to the general debate session of the U.N. General Assembly, Kan expressed Japan’s resolve to play a...

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Is Japan ready for collective self-defense?

That’s the question that the release of the Chinese ship captain begs. In any future conflict, can Japan’s allies really trust Japan not to cut and run if the adversary has the capacity to hurt Japan? By, for example, depriving it of rare earth minerals and calling tourists home? Threatening to cut economic ties? Making...

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So about that rare earth minerals ban…

…apparently it was real after all. I decided to hold off posting on the alleged ban of rare earth minerals from China to Japan, because China issued a pretty quick refutation. Hits at JSW have jumped up quite a bit in the last week and I was really not all that interested in being another...

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YouTube Fridays: Anti-Submarine Warfare explained

Found footage from militaryphotos.net: Anti-submarine warfare never looked so cute, or fun. Or like a Third Eye Blind video. Is that a Yuan-class boat?

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Chinese fishing boat captain freed

So, they decided to let the fishing boat captain go. “We decided it was inappropriate to continue the investigation while keeping the suspect in custody any further, considering the future of the Japan-China relationship,” an official from the Osaka prosecutors’ office said at a hastily called press conference Friday afternoon. (Link) I hope this clears...

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4 Japanese held by China

Four Japanese nationals have been held by Japan on suspicion of “filming military targets”. According to the Associated Press, the four have not been identified, but are suspected of being employees of the Fujita Corporation. The authorities accuse the Japanese of entering a military zone without authorization in Hebei province, the capital of which is...

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Japan – China confrontation: what’s in it for Japan to back down?

An article in the New York Times today has an interesting quote from an unnamed Western diplomat: Some analysts say the issue might blow over next Wednesday when Japan must decide whether to formally charge the captain or release him. If he is charged, the emotional issue could boil over in China, where protests have...

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Nightwatch on the Japan – China Confrontation, Round 2

Worth reading: China-Japan: Update. Last week the Japanese court released the 14 Chinese crew members of the fishing boat that rammed Japanese coastal patrol ships. However, the Court also approved a 10-day extension of the captain’s detention for further question, pending a decision whether to press charges. In response, on 19 September China’s Foreign Ministry said...

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The latest in the Japan-China sea fishing boat confrontation

- China cancelled high level contacts with Japan. It apparently didn’t even inform Japan directly, which instead learned about the break through the media. - Mild protests at the Japanese embassy in Beijing. - China cancelled a tour group of 1,000 Japanese students to the Shanghai World Expo. - China’s Global Times paper claims that...

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How to increase Japan’s defense budget without getting anyone killed

Stop people from killing themselves. According to official figures, suicides in Japan killed more than 32,000 people last year. Each suicide cost the Japanese government approximately $1,000,000, for a total of $32 billion USD. The government in Japan says suicides and depression cost its economy almost 2.7tn yen ($32bn; £21bn) last year. The figures refer...

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Housekeeping Note

Starting next week, I’m going to have to require valid email addresses from comments on JSW. Comments without email addresses will not be approved. I don’t care what commenters say (as long as it’s not deliberately offensive) but I like the idea of people owning their comments, at least a little bit. Email addresses will...

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GSDF may see troop increase–Updates

According to Kyodo, the GSDF may see a 9% increase in troop strength, going from 155,000 to 168,000. The plan may be incorporated in a new national defense program to be implemented in the fiscal year ending March 2012, Kyodo said, citing unnamed people in the ministry and the Self- Defense Forces. (Link) Where is the...

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