Monthly archive January, 2011
Defense Minister Kitazawa Discusses Japan Defense Policy

Defense Minister Kitazawa Discusses Japan Defense Policy

Here’s a guest post by Shino Hateruma, a student at Waseda University’s Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies. Shino is Japanese but identifies as Okinawan, and is interested in U.S. – Japanese relations. This is her first post. Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa gave a public speech at the symposium of the Japanese Security Policy...

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Seven in Three Years

Seven in Three Years

“You can’t go to Japan often enough if you’re a senior American official. The Japanese, god bless them, are a singularly important ally, friend, partner of ours . In three years of Pacific Command, I met 7 different Ministers of Defense.” Retired Admiral Timothy Keating, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, 2007-2009.  “Security in the Indo-Pacific: Towards...

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Japan’s Radar Network

Japan’s Radar Network

Last time on Hardware Monday, we looked at the J/FPS-5, Japan’s most advanced radar installation and a key part of its ballistic missile defense system. This time, we will look at the radar network more broadly. Extent of Radar Network The computerised network, known as JADGE (Japan Aerospace Defense Ground Environment), is operated and maintained...

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The small print (Jan 30 2011)

The small print (Jan 30 2011)

#1: More abductee sightings Following last week’s news that Yaeko Taguchi had been spotted in Pyongyang last year, the brother of Shuichi Ichikawa reports that Ichikawa was spotted with his wife Rumiko Matsumoto in 2006, contradicting claims that they had died in 1979 and 1981 respectively. Ichikawa’s brother has not revealed his source. In related news,...

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News on all fronts for Japan’s territorial disputes (Jan 30 2011)

News on all fronts for Japan’s territorial disputes (Jan 30 2011)

Senkaku Islands and Takeshima Shu Watanabe, a DPJ member of the Upper House – and owner of what has to be one of the worst politician’s site in the modern day, will become the party’s first lawmaker to celebrate ‘Takeshima Day’, a festival designed to emphasize Japan’s claim over the Liancourt Rocks – Takeshima to...

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Looking beyond inter-Korea talks (Jan 30 2011)

Looking beyond inter-Korea talks (Jan 30 2011)

Although high-level military talks between South and North Korea are not set to begin until February, the Six-Party Talks nations have all begun to consider the denuclearization talks that must follow. For South Korea, the Six-Party Talks cannot resume without a North Korea commitment to shed its nuclear ambitions. As President Lee Myung-bak’s top security...

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Japan and the Crisis in Egypt

Japan and the Crisis in Egypt

Egypt is in the midst of a popular uprising and no-one knows what end is in sight. This has led to the Israeli embassy being evacuated from Cairo by helicopter, and countless others trying to determine whether they should or not, and how they will take care of their citizens in the country. Japan is...

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The DEW Line: Second Kawasaki XC-2 Flies

The DEW Line: Second Kawasaki XC-2 Flies

Stephen Trimble at The Dew Line notes that the second Kawasaki XC-2 medium lifter flew today, and links to the YouTube video above. The second plane sported a medium gray paint job, as opposed to the first plane (below), which flew in the national colors. The XC-2 in the YouTube video is accompanied by a Kawasaki T-4...

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Samho Jewelry: Lessons for Japan

Samho Jewelry: Lessons for Japan

As Japan Security Watch has previously reported, the MSDF’s Kirisame (DD-104) and Yudachi (DD-103) destroyers are deployed in the Gulf of Aden as part of a multinational anti-piracy effort off the coast of Somalia. Japan’s deployment has so far given protection to 1,393 vessels of various flags. South Korea is also operating in the region...

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GSDF, Chickens Locked in Battle for Control of Kyushu

GSDF, Chickens Locked in Battle for Control of Kyushu

The annual migration of birds has brought the H5N1 influenza strain back to Asia. The virus was detected late last year among South Korean poultry, resulting in a cull of 200,000 chickens. Now H5N1 has been detected among Japanese chickens, and per their mandate to respond to natural disasters and emergencies, the Ground Self Defense...

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Japan Security Watch, Defending Japan blogs merge

In the time I’ve been running Japan Security Watch, I’ve learned a great deal about Japanese defense issues. It’s been a real education, and a lot of fun. I’ve also met some really interesting people from all over the world, particularly from Japan. That’s one of the things that I’ve enjoyed the most about blogging:...

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Chinese Espionage Cases Uncovered in the US in 2010

Chinese Espionage Cases Uncovered in the US in 2010

Last week STRATFOR posted an in-depth analysis of Chinese espionage in the US during 2010. The post comes as French car manufacturer Renault (alongside the national counter-intelligence agency, DCRI) investigate leaks to an unnamed foreign state after restricted information on the company’s electric vehicle development made its way into the hands of ‘persons unknown’. The...

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