Monthly archive January, 2011
North Korean defectors and the ROK Army

North Korean defectors and the ROK Army

Public Radio International’s The World carried an interesting report by Jason Struther this week on the desire of some North Korean refugees to fight liberate their former state. South Korea is understandably reluctant (but unwilling to talk about why): Andrei Lankov, a North Korea analyst at Seoul’s Kookmin University, said in the past both Koreas...

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China Military Watch: Week 1

China Military Watch: Week 1

As this blog enters its fourth week, one theme that has consistently cropped up in the news is the issue of Chinese military developments. This post marks the first in an ongoing series tracking media and blogger reactions to the growth of China’s military capabilities. Fear China: Danger Before the Doom? By J. Robert Smith...

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South Korean missile limits

South Korean missile limits

Under the 1979 US-ROK Accord, updated in 2001, South Korea is restricted from developing missiles with “a range of up to 300 kilometers and a payload of up to 500 kilograms.” The map below illustrates this current range:   South Korea, however, is unhappy with the current limits and would like to be able to...

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Weekend Update: Jan 23 2011

Weekend Update: Jan 23 2011

#1: Obama Hears a Hu Chinese President Hu Jintao was in the US this week for what was expected to be his ‘legacy’ visit. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem that any concrete political developments came out of the talks besides pledges for closer cooperation. As The Daily Beast summed up concisely, ‘Obama didn’t get the concessions...

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Wikileaks on Japanese-US-Australian intelligence cooperation

Wikileaks on Japanese-US-Australian intelligence cooperation

This one was a bit of a surprise earlier in the week, but it offers useful insight into what Japan’s poor data OPSEC has done to its reputation. In 2006, as Japan and Australia were discussing what would become the March 2007 Japan-Australia Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation, Australia and the US discussed Japanese proposals...

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Just...one more...Kurama photo...

Just…one more…Kurama photo…

This one is gorgeous. Always thought it was funny that the Haruna and Shirane-class helicopter destroyers had two forward 5″ guns. Then again, the ships date from the early to mid-Seventies, and probably all MSDF destroyers had two guns back then.

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The tale of North Korea-Iran cash flow

Robert Neff at The Marmot’s Hole has a fascinating post detailing the money trail from North Korea to Iran via Seoul. This quote of a Choson Ilbo article is a brief introduction: Iran paid North Korea US$2.5 million for arms purchases in 2008 through the South Korean branch of Bank Mellat, U.S. diplomatic cables unveiled...

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Information Dissemination Visits Miyakojima

JSW’s pals at Information Dissemination visited Miyakojima last month with the U.S. State Department and have a nice writeup of a meeting with the local community. While brief, our afternoon in Miyako was a unique opportunity to see the island and meet with its engaging inhabitants. It was striking how at once Miyako was a paradise...

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JSW’s First Open Thread

JSW’s First Open Thread

I’ve never really paid attention to open threads before, mostly because I don’t comment much on other blogs. However, I’ve had several people approach me over the past several months saying they would like to share links with other readers. Having an open thread sounds like a reasonable way for readers to interact with one...

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Hardware Monday: J/FPS-5 Fixed 3D Radar

Hardware Monday: J/FPS-5 Fixed 3D Radar

The FPS-5 is Japan’s most advanced fixed radar installation in its ballistic missile defense system. Its distinctive tortoise shell-like dome covers have earned it the nickname ‘Gamera radar’ after Godzilla’s turtle-derived rival. Mitsubishi Electric produce the 34-metres high structures containing three antennae of between 12- and 18-metre diameter. The FPS-5 prototype was constructed at the...

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Maehara Gets It

Maehara Gets It

After years of being bogged down by the abduction issue in the Six-Party Talks, Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara seems to understand that it can’t continue. Whereas top Japanese and North Korean diplomats could sit face-to-face with each other to discuss the abductions at the six-party nuclear talks, the multilateral dialogue is for discussing Pyongyang’s nuclear...

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MSDF Anti-Piracy Role Protects 32,600 Sailors So Far

MSDF Anti-Piracy Role Protects 32,600 Sailors So Far

The Japanese Embassy in the Philippines is boasting of the MSDF’s role in multilateral anti-piracy efforts off the coast of the Somalia in the Gulf of Aden. According to their press release, Filipino sailors benefited most from the Japanese presence. The MSDF’s mission includes aiding not only Japanese-flagged ships, but also those of other countries....

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