Monthly archive December, 2010
China to establish permanent patrols near Senkakus

China to establish permanent patrols near Senkakus

    The People’s Republic of China intends to establish permanent patrols by fisheries protection vessels in the vicinity of the Senkaku islands, which are claimed by Japan. The official with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries took the unusual step of granting an interview concerning the Senkaku issue to a foreign media outlet...

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Postcards from the Japanese diaspora: Teri Takai

Postcards from the Japanese diaspora: Teri Takai

  Teri Takai, Chief Information Officer, United States Department of Defense.  

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That pushy Chinese fishermen problem may have just solved itself

One Chinese fisherman has died and another is missing after a confrontation between up to 50 Chinese fishing boats and the South Korean Coast Guard. A Chinese fishing trawler intentionally rammed a coast guard vessel and later capsized. The fishing boats were illegally poaching in South Korean waters. Video above is from the incident — quite...

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Japan Defense Focus

Japan Defense Focus

    The latest issue of Japan Defense Focus is out. You could check it out here, although it isn’t terribly interesting. To be honest, no, it is not interesting at all, even to policy people. Or anybody, really. The best part is the photo above, in which someone has added pink coloring to the...

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Tiny cut in GSDF manpower planned

The Japanese government has decided to cut the GSDF active duty and reserve numbers from 155,000 to 154,000. The government has decided to cut the number of Ground Self-Defense Force personnel by 1,000 to 154,000, in the new National Defense Program Guidelines to be approved this w.eek, officials said. The GSDF’s personnel quota has been...

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Big cut in GSDF main battle tanks coming

Big cut in GSDF main battle tanks coming

According to the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan is planning on slashing the number of main battle tanks from a 790 to 400. The cuts would result in a savings of just over a billion dollars annually, which would then go towards reinforcing the Nansei islands. This would result in a national tank force less than half...

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Recommended reading

Here’s an interesting article from someone who appears to be a U.S. Navy veteran with experience interacting with Maritime Self Defense Force members, and compares the institutional cultures of both. Well worth reading. In the Japanese military, members often reach a rank plateau and simply stay there for the rest of their careers. Thus it’s...

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YouTube Fridays: New MSDF submarine, Kenryu, launched

The latest boat in the Soryu class — check the X – shaped tail fin configuration. Due for commissioning sometime in mid 2011. What’s with the protrusion on the port aft side? You can see it during the Big Slide. Looks like some kind of box. Temporary, to hide some new feature?

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Postcards from the Japanese diaspora: Juniti Saito

Postcards from the Japanese diaspora: Juniti Saito

Lieutenant General Juniti Saito, commander of the Brazilian Air Force.

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Public relations and strategic communications facepalm

Here’s a weekly email newsletter (run through Google Translate) sent by the Ministry of Defense on December 5th. Now, two days into the LARGEST MILITARY EXERCISE JAPAN EVER HELD, where might you think you would find coverage of Keen Sword 2011? At the very top? Maybe a special section with in-depth coverage, links, etc? Never...

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Forays into Japanese media with Google Translation

A data DVD on Self Defense Force equipment is described as follows: As the only country that covers annual SDF equipment, overlapping 47-year-old publication, “Self-Defense Forces equipment Yearbook 2009-2010″ full-fledged version of the database. ASDF Navy photo equipment, dimensions of performance and commentary entitled to receive a detailed introduction. CD-ROM version incorporates lots of unique...

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On Pearl Harbor and Japan Security Watch

On Pearl Harbor and Japan Security Watch

Sixty nine years ago today, my grandparents were on a fishing trip to the Marin County, California town of Tiburon. Fishing has always been a big deal in my family, which should probably be no surprise to any Japanese American. I have no idea how they did, but by the time they returned to San...

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