Monthly archive October, 2010

Japanese cargo ship, MV Izumi, taken by pirates

    Via Eaglespeak: On the afternoon of 10 October, the owners of the Panama-flagged MV IZUMI reported that they had received an automatically released distress signal indicating that the vessel was likely to be under pirate attack. The Danish warship HDMS ESBERN SNARE of the NATO counter piracy force was dispatched to intercept and...

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Japan’s cluster munitions inventory: 14,011

    This blog has been following Japan’s status as signatory to the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The short version: Japan agreed to do away with all cluster munitions in its inventory, and must be rid of them entirely within 8 years. But how many does Japan have? Well, now we know the answer: 14,011....

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I’m back

Spooling back up to normalcy here at this blog. Looks like I didn’t miss much in my absence. - Japan is considering rotating E-2C Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning aircraft to Naha Air Base, in Okinawa. The reason is that the only radar that is able to scan the Senkaku Islands, the radar installation on Miyakojima,...

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Blogging to resume next Tuesday

     

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Blogging will be light…

…over the next few days. Got a ship to catch in the morning — this one, actually — and then covering some local ship-related events.

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Comparison of Japan and India’s fighter procurement programs

A former editor for Jane’s writes this one about India’s fighter program, and how a program similar to Japan’s F-X program can spend just as much money but buy up to three times’ as many planes. As the Indian competition glides towards a verdict (expected by June 2011), Japan’s fighter procurement remains stalled on the...

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GSDF Helicopter crashes near Osaka

A GSDF UH-1 helicopter from the Middle Army Aviation Group crashed near Osaka Sunday morning, injuring all four crewmen onboard. No one on the ground was injured. According to the Yao garrison, the helicopter started its engines at Yao Airport at around 8:30 a.m., lifted off at 8:43 a.m., proceeded about 200 meters west to...

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Japan cancels RF-15J variant

Via Alert 5: Japan has canceled plans to modify F-15J air superiority fighters for the reconnaissance role: Under a package of contracts signed in fiscal 2007 and 2008 in the total amount of 10 billion yen, Toshiba is required to deliver the fighter between September and October after adding optical and infrared cameras and other...

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Look Who’s Visiting Japan

It’s the same people that are giving Japan a hard time right now… - General Nikolai Makarov, Chief of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, just wrapped up a visit to Japan. “The program of the visit includes meetings with his Japanese counterpart Gen. Ryoichi Oriki and Japan’s Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa,” the ministry said in...

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