Monthly archive December, 2010

Japan and South Korea as Allies Someday?

From the Christian Science Monitor‘s blog: Each nation is a democracy. They are already allies individually with the United States. Each trains with the American military separately in joint naval exercises. Most of all they are close neighbors in the tough neighbor of Northeast Asia that includes North Korea, China, and Russia. The threat of...

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China's J-20 fighter: What Does it Mean for Japan? And Does it Exist?

China’s J-20 fighter: What Does it Mean for Japan? And Does it Exist?

I don’t know, I’m just asking. Assuming it exists, will Japan’s force of upgraded F-15Js still be sufficient to do the job, or will Japan be forced to accelerate development of ATD-X? I still find myself skeptical this plane actually exists. The Internet is falling all over itself to scrutinize these photos without stopping to...

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ASDF Intercepts vs. China at 5 Year High

ASDF Intercepts vs. China at 5 Year High

According to the Asashi Shimbun, the Air Self Defense Forces have flown 44 intercept missions against Chinese military aircraft this year, the highest number of intercepts since 2006. Furthermore, since the September trawler incident in the Senkaku islands, Chinese planes are flying closer to Japanese planes than ever before, almost close enough to be visible...

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Japanese ambassador to Russia sacked

Japanese ambassador to Russia sacked

Ambassador to Russia Masaharu Kono has been sacked after his embassy office discounted the possibility that Russian President Dmitri Medvedev might visit the disputed Northern Territories. Japan claims the territories, which were seized in 1945 by the Soviet Union, and held on to by Russia. Medvedev visited Kunashir Island (known to the Japanese as Kunashiro)...

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Japan BMD defenses to be strengthened on ground, sea

Japan BMD defenses to be strengthened on ground, sea

Japan is increasing its BMD defenses, doubling the number of air defense units equipped with Patriot PAC-3 from 3 to 6. The PAC-3 missile system, designed to shoot down an incoming missile from the ground moments before reaching its target, will be deployed by all six Air Self-Defense Force air-defense missile groups from three at...

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to manufacture Blackhawks for SDF

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to manufacture Blackhawks for SDF

Japan may be shorting Mitsubishi Heavy Industries over the future of the Type 10 tank, but MHI did score a consolation prize: 40 UH-60J Blackhawk search and rescue helicopters, with a total contract value of $2.3 billion USD. Sikorsky, which licenses the Blackhawk, said in a press release: The new fleet will replace 40 MHI-built...

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Bid rigging alleged at ASDF depot (correction)

The 1st Air Self Defense Force Depot in Chiba is alleged to have rigged the bidding on office equipment and supplies for all 311 of its contracts issued between 2005 and 2009. The ASDF Chief of Staff, Shigeru Iwasaki Kenichiro Hokazono, was relieved of duty and 49 other officers were disciplined. The Defense Ministry decided...

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Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1960: JASDF to take all air-defense duties

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1960: JASDF to take all air-defense duties

The Japan Times published the following article from archives. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1960 JASDF to take all air-defense duties The Defense Agency yesterday disclosed that Japan will shortly take over its entire air-defense system from the U.S. Security Forces with the imminent assigning of 25 jet fighters each to the Chitose Air Base in Hokkaido...

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UH-60J Seahawk visible in Google Maps

Saw this while working on a JSW project. [cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&t=h&msa=0&msid=208464819395951962634.00048578c1e3c314a82b5&ll=34.610208,138.22777&spn=0.003064,0.006866&z=17&output=embed&w=640&h=350] width=640 height=640 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no]

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SDF events not for people who might make anti-government remarks

The Japanese government has put the Self Defense Forces on notice that speakers who may criticize the government are not to be invited to SDF events. This follows remarks made at an air show at Iruma Airbase in Saitama, in which a speaker said, “Let’s topple the Democratic Party of Japan-led administration soon. All of...

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Berets in the GSDF?

Berets in the GSDF?

The photos were taken in early November, during a tour aboard the USS George Washington. I’ve never seen GSDF personnel in berets before. Is this something new? My understanding is that guy with his left hand on the console can make a mean double chocolate torte.

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What's important to America, in Japan

What’s important to America, in Japan

    Richard Smart at Tokyo Digital Journalism has been on top of the Japan/Wikileaks angle. Richard has analyzed one Wikileaks cable that describes specific locations abroad designated critical to U.S. national security. The report is part of the U.S. National Infrastructure Protection Plan. The overarching goal of the NIPP is to build a safer,...

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