Monthly archive March, 2011
STRATFOR: Japan, the Persian Gulf and Energy [Extract]

STRATFOR: Japan, the Persian Gulf and Energy [Extract]

[This is an extract of a special report by STRATFOR, republished in part with their kind permission] Japan’s Nuclear Safety Net Japan is still struggling with the consequences of its economic meltdown in the early 1990s. Rapid growth with low rates of return on capital created a massive financial crisis. Rather than allow a recession...

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China to Send Coast Guard Cutter to Japan

China to Send Coast Guard Cutter to Japan

In a historic first, China is sending a Maritime Safety Agency (equivalent to the Japan Coast Guard) cutter to Japan to assist in the disaster relief effort. The ship has been identified as MSA21. According to China Air and Naval Power, MSA21 is a 1,500 ton vessel of the Haixun-21 class, and was built for...

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Guest Post: In the Wake of Disaster We Pause to Reflect

Guest Post: In the Wake of Disaster We Pause to Reflect

[The following guest post comes from Sam Porter, undergraduate at George Washington University writing for Cornell's Diplomacist blog, and currently on exchange at Kyoto University]   The First Tremors It has now been four days since the “Great Sendai Earthquake” struck Japan on March 11th. Relayed in real time over streaming video on countless Japanese...

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South Korea's Aid to Japan

South Korea’s Aid to Japan

This from Yonhap, via ROK Drop, which is doing great work covering the disaster here: The 102-member South Korean rescue team, which also includes six medical workers and an eight-person support staff, was to depart at around 11:30 p.m. on three Air Force C-130 planes from a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul, Vice...

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Quick Link: An Optimist Note on Japan

Thomas at The Blirg (The Blog about International Relations) lets us know about an article he wrote called An Optimist Note on Japan. Let us get into perspective what is happening right now: Japan has been struck by one of the most powerful earthquakes ever registered in human history. Afterwards, a huge tsunami flooded parts...

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Four days in...

Four days in…

Four days ago, Japan was hit by a disastrous earthquake. Residents in the Kanto and Tohoku regions are now in the middle of two very different crises. Up north in Tohoku, the area most affected by the earthquake, tsunami and aftershocks, people are in mortal danger. Around me, in Kanto – particularly the Greater Tokyo...

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Great Tohoku Earthquake: SDF & U.S. Military Video

Here’s a collection of videos featuring the JSDF and U.S. Military in action. SDF convoy at night moving towards Tohoku area This one appears to be at a NBC casualty receiving point Damage at Matsushima AB SH-60s from USS Ronald Reagan delivering aid.

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Matsushima Air Base

Matsushima Air Base

Matsushima Air Base, just north of Sendai, suffered heavy damage due to flooding during the tsunami that swept the region. Located just seven feet (2.2 meters) above sea level, Matsushima was also located right on the coastline, and the wall of water swept over the base and continued inland. 300 air base personnel, on leave...

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Rapid Response Reservists to be deployed in Japan?

Rapid Response Reservists to be deployed in Japan?

While it is early days yet, on the whole it seems that the Japanese government has been doing an excellent job in handling the fallout from the earthquake, and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces have been working, if quietly, away at saving potentially up to 12,000 people in the first 24 hours according to one estimate...

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The Next Day

The Next Day

Yesterday I experienced the most surreal moments my still short life has had to offer: terra firma swaying like the deck of a storm-stricken ship, and a two-hour walk home through absolute darkness in the outskirts of the world’s largest city. My wife returned home after an eight-hour walk, a fellow refugee from Tokyo in...

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Great Tohoku Earthquake: Military Movements [UPDATED MONDAY]

Great Tohoku Earthquake: Military Movements [UPDATED MONDAY]

At approximately 2:50pm local time a series of powerful earthquakes hit the northeastern part of Japan. The strongest of the earthquakes has been measured at 8.9 on the Richter scale and was felt as far away as Beijing.The earthquakes, along with resulting tsunamis and fires have so far claimed at least 300 lives, with that...

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The Big One?

The Big One?

I just arrived home from the most terrifying experience of my life. At about 14:50, my conversation at work was interrupted by a familiar but no less terrifying swaying. For a few seconds, my colleague and I looked at each other, but by the time the shaking intensified and the windows began rattling, we had...

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