Monthly archive November, 2010

Japan unveils new battlefield UAV

Japan has a new battlefield UAV. The cylindrical robot is about 20 inches across. It houses a high-speed propeller system for propulsion, while four small wings allow it to move up and down and in every direction. The drone is equipped with high-power cameras and GPS tracking. It can fly for about 30 minutes at...

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Japan Sets its Sights on the F-35

Japan Sets its Sights on the F-35

There are multiple news stories covering new developments in the F-35 issue, and there’s quite a difference in details. A quick rundown: the F-X fighter procurement program is almost a decade old, and envisions replacing the F-4EJ Phantom fighter with 40-60 new fighters.  The American F-22 Raptor was the ideal candidate, but unfortunately for Japan,...

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Yonaguni is getting a garrison

[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/?ll=24.379623,123.159485&spn=1.781133,2.947083&t=h&z=9 width=600 height=350 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] First broached last July, a proposal to station troops on Yonaguni island is becoming a reality. The Ministry of Defense has finalized its decision to station around 100 Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) members on Yonaguni Island in Okinawa Prefecture to monitor the coast and the activity of...

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The Japanese really, really distrust China

Via the Daily Yomiuri. Among respondents… 2009 Percent of Japanese who agreed that ties with China “bad”: 47% Percent of Chinese who agreed that ties with Japan “bad”: 43% 2010 Percent of Japanese who considered China “untrustworthy”: 87% Percent of Japanese who agreed that ties with China “bad”: 90% Percent of Chinese who considered Japan...

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Sensitive anti-terrorism docs leaked in Japan

This sounds rather serious. More than 100 documents give personal details of people co-operating with terrorism inquiries, and foreigners in Japan apparently under investigation. The documents, which also include intelligence believed to have come from the FBI, are thought to have been published via file-sharing software. (Link) Also: Names and addresses of Japanese investigators were...

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On India and Japan

“India, Japan are a new counterweight to China.” Published in the Zanesville Times Recorder, no less, I think this sums it all up quite well. “…both India and Japan are worried about the growing China-Pakistan-North Korea cooperation in the nuclear- and missile-technology field. It is their shared concern that is drawing Delhi and Tokyo closer....

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Japan floats idea of restricting foreign land ownership

Prime Minister Naoto Kan says the government is considering restricting the sale of Japanese land to non-Japanese residents. The Alien Land Law of 1925 authorizes the government to regulate land acquisition in areas important to the defense of the nation. However, the government ordinance that designated specific areas as subject to such restrictions was abolished...

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I Married the GSDF

Here’s an article at CNN about an American woman living in Japan married to a paratrooper in the Ground Self Defense Forces.  Apparently he’s in the 1st Airborne Brigade; the article says they met in Chiba, where 1st Airborne is based, and there’s a photo of her with parachutes strapped on. The sheer number of...

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Quick history of Japan’s at-sea BMD program

At Defense Industry Daily. Pretty good rundown, check it out.

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Chinese fishing trawler videos leaked

Video shot from Japan Coast Guard vessels during the incident with the Chinese fishing trawler Minjinyu 5179 have been leaked onto YouTube. The video was released to the Diet on October 28th and screened by lawmakers on the 2nd. One of the lawmakers said: “It was a blatant act of obstructing officers from performing their...

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The average age in the Self Defense Forces is 35

Buried away in the Yomiuri article is an interesting fact: according to Japan’s Finance Ministry, the average age of Self Defense Force personnel is 35. Average Age, Japan SDF: 35.1 Average Age, British military: 30.5 Average Age, U.S. military: 28* (*The actual U.S. military number ranges from 25-30. U.S. Army and U.S. Navy: 29. U.S....

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Finance Ministry: create a "Secretarial Corps"

Finance Ministry: create a “Secretarial Corps”

In order to reduce personnel costs, Japan’s Finance Ministry wants the Defense Ministry to study ways of easing out older troops. Starting in their 30s, troops would be offered early retirement and job-placement services. The idea is that older troops cost more than younger ones. The Finance Ministry also wants to introduce a sort of...

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