Monthly archive November, 2010

Japan: No to Six-Party Talks

China last week proposed restarting the Six Party Talks on North Korea, but at least one of the parties, Japan, is not interested. The talks, which include South Korea, China, the United States, Japan, and Russia, began in 2003 and were last held in 2007. The principal gain from the talks seems to have been...

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Japan and Wikileaks

Richard Smart at Tokyo Digital Journalism has been going through the Wikileaks Cablegate logs for references to Japan. See his work so far here. Here’s a sample: The current retaining wall was constructed 4 years ago by a Japanese NGO. The retaining wall failed with the previous heavy rains and eroded away 3 acres of farm land....

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Help me ID these Japanese historical figures

Can anyone tell me who these men are? I recognize Saigo Takamori, but the rest are a mystery to me. I’m guessing the other three have some Choshu/Satsuma link as well. Source revealed in a day or two. Thanks!

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Japan and strategic communication with China

Interesting AFP article on a Chinese blogger and his suggestions for opening up China to Japanese points of view. “I urge Japanese people to open your mind. We need your voice. We need your real information,” said the blogger, who writes under the name of Michael Anti, at a press conference in Tokyo. He added...

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After 9 years of war, Japan finally set to join ISAF

Nine years after the start of the Afghan war, Japan may soon be sending troops to contribute to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Japan is planning to send ten Self Defense Force medical personnel, including doctors and nurses, to Afghanistan. Prime Minister Naoto Kan told U.S. President Barack Obama at their Nov. 13 meeting...

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First P-1 aircraft buy finalized

    The Kawasaki P-1 long range maritime patrol aircraft, designed to replace the venerable Lockheed P-3C Orion, has received its first government procurement order. The Maritime Self Defense Force plans to purchase ten aircraft over the next five years. The ministry will include the purchase of about 10 units of the new Maritime Self-Defense...

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Well now, look at this…

    This showed up yesterday on Twitter, with the caption: Col Hudson shows a Japanese commander and his staff a training site on Camp Pendleton Nov. 17. Colonel Hudson is Colonel Michael Hudson, commander, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Assumed command back in May. Remember the Japanese were talking about creating a marine force? I...

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NextNavy on the consequences of terminating the F-35B

Pal Craig Hooper at NextNavy writes about the possible termination of the F-35B, the short-takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the F-35 multirole fighter. Hoop notes that many of America’s Asian allies have built platforms apparently in anticipation of the F-35B becoming available, and that termination of the program would leave a number of...

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Japanese military bringing back old terms?

JSW chum Corey Wallace at Sigma1 writes that the Democratic Party of Japan is looking into bringing back words that refer to Japanese military personnel overseas. Wallace cites an article that says: A foreign and security policy panel of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan has drafted a proposal calling for restoring old military terms...

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Resource wars: Japan, Asia, disputed territories, and fish

Here’s an AFP article linking territorial disputes with dwindling fishing stocks, and the Asian fishermen who are willing to fish in disputed territorial waters to harvest the “new kind of gold in Asia”: “We have gas and oil people involved as well and this is politically the most sensitive issue, but… fishing companies bring a...

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ASDF F-4EJ Makes Emergency Landing

From the Daily Yomiuri’s Twitter feed: ASDF F-4 jet makes emergency landing at base in Ishikawa Pref. after problem detected with the hydraulics. Pilot was unhurt. (Link)

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Keen Sword 2010: I want in!

On the outside chance that a JSW reader is in the U.S. Military or Japan Self Defense Forces and capable of helping me out, I’d like to go to Japan and cover Keen Sword 2010. I’ve worked a bit with the military before and can provide the names of PAOs I’ve worked with if you need...

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