Monthly archive March, 2011
SDF Calendar: April

SDF Calendar: April

The pivot of Japan’s annus horribilis has passed us by, but the hard work of Japan’s boys in green continues. Show your support with these official wallpapers: [ 800 x 600 ] [ 1024 x 768 ] [ 1280 x 1024 ] [ 800 x 600 ] [ 1024 x 768 ] [ 1280 x...

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PACOM on US Relief Efforts in Japan (March 27, 2011)

PACOM on US Relief Efforts in Japan (March 27, 2011)

Via U.S. Pacific Command. Items in bold highlighted by JSW.   Updated as of 1:32 a.m. HST March 27, 2011 An Operations Update on the Relief Effort in Japan U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet forces continued support of Japanese Self Defense Force’s (JSDF) sustainment of life efforts via Operation Tomodachi. Currently, 19 ships, 140 aircraft and 18,282 personnel...

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Kan after 3/11

Kan after 3/11

The Great Tohoku Earthquake struck as Japan’s Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, slid towards the political precipice. That the earthquake gave him a timely war-surge of support should come as no surprise: when the nation needs a leader, they’ll go with what they’ve got. However, as emergency turns to reconstruction, has Naoto Kan proven himself fit...

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PACOM on U.S. Relief Efforts in Japan (March 25, 2011)

PACOM on U.S. Relief Efforts in Japan (March 25, 2011)

Via U.S. Pacific Command. Items in bold highlighted by JSW. Updated as of 12:39 a.m. HST March 25, 2011An Operations Update on the Relief Effort in Japan U.S. Air Force PACAF has generated 265 sorties moving 3,315 passengers and more than 2,512 short tons (5,025,600 million lbs) of cargo in support of Japan Relief Efforts....

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Pacific Partnership 2011: Japan Is In

Pacific Partnership 2011: Japan Is In

Last year, for the first time Japan deployed a MSDF vessel in support of the U.S. Navy’s annual Pacific Partnership program. JS Kunisaki, an Ohsumi-class LST, was loaded with doctors, nurses, dentists, and engineers and sent to follow USNS Mercy as she worked her way from the South Pacific to Southeast Asia. Together the two...

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Type 74 Tanks To Be Used For N-Plant Cleanup

Type 74 Tanks To Be Used For N-Plant Cleanup

According to the Daily Yomiuri, the GSDF is sending two Type 74 main battle tanks to the Fukushima Daiichi reactor to help clean up rubble and debris from the earthquake, tsunami, and explosions at the reactor site. The rubble and debris are hampering emergency efforts to repair the reactors. The GSDF is using tanks instead of...

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Asia Unbound "A Stunned Japan Turns to Its Military"

Asia Unbound “A Stunned Japan Turns to Its Military”

Sheila A. Smith, at the Council on Foreign Relations’ Asia Unbound Blog, has an article on the SDF’s disaster response,”A Stunned Japan Turns to Its Military”: But today, as the country faces a complex and simultaneous series of crises, Japan’s military has emerged as the nation’s most relied upon “first responder.” In Japan’s largest disaster...

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PACOM on U.S. relief efforts in Japan (March 20, 2011)

PACOM on U.S. relief efforts in Japan (March 20, 2011)

Via U.S. Pacific Command…   Updated as of 5:21 a.m. HST March 19, 2011 An Operations Update on the Relief Effort in Japan U.S. Air Force Yokota received 2 Royal Thai AF C-130s. Yokota continued receiving and delivering supplies vital to continuing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations throughout Japan to include delivering Marines and...

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IFPA: Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Relief Missions in Japan

IFPA: Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Relief Missions in Japan

Japan’s Self-Defense Forces are more active than ever. Working alongside their civilian (although technically civilian themselves) and foreign counterparts, their public profile is larger than ever. Although the SDF’s previous jaunt in Iraq saw much public attention, this current crisis sees BDU-clothed officials on our TV screens on a daily basis discussing the ongoing trials...

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Satellites Stack Up Over Japan: Chinese Satellites Fall into Line, Too

Satellites Stack Up Over Japan: Chinese Satellites Fall into Line, Too

[The following guest post is courtesy of Peter J. Brown.]   One recent entry on the “SpaceAID” satellite tasking page which was posted by the UN Platform for Space–based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) to track the many satellites passing high over Japan following the earthquake and tsunami has attracted very little...

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Events: Lecture on Defense Policy in San Francisco

Events: Lecture on Defense Policy in San Francisco

Courtesy the Japan Society of Northern California: Lecture on Japan’s Defense Policy by Dr. Masashi Nishihara Friday, April 1, 2011 Please join us for a lecture on Japan’s defense policy by Dr. Masashi Nishihara, President of the Research Institute for Peace and Security.Previously, Dr. Nishihara served as President of the National Defense Academy, where he was...

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Keeping calm when others can't

Keeping calm when others can’t

Five days on from the Great Tohoku Earthquake, the aftershocks in Tokyo keep coming, both seismic and mental. Last night, Shizuoka prefecture (to Tokyo’s west) shook under the power of a M6.4 quake, and earlier today Chiba and Ibaraki (both affected by the March 11th earthquake) were rattled by a M6.0 aftershock. All the while...

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