Monthly archive May, 2011
Kitazawa: Bring in the Drones!

Kitazawa: Bring in the Drones!

Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa: It's ironic that US-made robots were initially used to deal with the nuclear disaster, even though Japan is a world leader in robot technology.

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SDF Leadership Unhappy about Proceeding with Military Air Review

SDF Leadership Unhappy about Proceeding with Military Air Review

Sankei Shimbun: Uniformed leadership within the Ministry of Defense are unhappy that plans for the Military Air Review are continuing, drawing funds from the post-disaster restoration efforts.

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Tohoku Earthquake: The SDF and the First 24 Hours

Tohoku Earthquake: The SDF and the First 24 Hours

Hidemichi Katsumata: Immediately after the earthquake Vice Admiral Takashima ordered "all ships depart towards off Kinkazan." It is the first time for the Yokosuka District commandant to assume command of the entire JMSDF since the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923.

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Yuriko Koike on Kan, the Nuclear Problem and Asia

Yuriko Koike on Kan, the Nuclear Problem and Asia

Yuriko Koike: For Kan, the real priority during the nuclear crisis was his government’s effort to maintain its grip on power, not reassuring Japan’s neighbors of the actions it was taking to contain a potential threat to their citizens.

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MSDF Seaman Becomes Internet Sensation for Messages of Support

MSDF Seaman Becomes Internet Sensation for Messages of Support

Yomiuri: Leading Seaman Yushi Wakita (26), stationed at MSDF Sasebo Naval Base (Nagasaki Prefecture), has been giving poems written in ink on square cardboard to acquaintances he made online through social networking sites.

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Medical Patrols in Dai-Ichi Evacuation Zone to End May 31st

Medical Patrols in Dai-Ichi Evacuation Zone to End May 31st

KFB: House-to-house rounds conducted by prefectural and medical university doctors, the prefectural medical association and the SDF within the 20-30 kilometer evacaution zone of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant will finish at the end of May.

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Japan and US to Establish Joint Disaster Support Center in Okinawa

Japan and US to Establish Joint Disaster Support Center in Okinawa

TV Asahi: Building on the cooperative efforts following the Tohoku Earthquake, the US and Japan are establishing a disaster support center in Okinawa, aiming for joint active international disaster relief capabilities tied to regional stabilization efforts.

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Yomiuri Provides More Details on Djibouti Base

Yomiuri Provides More Details on Djibouti Base

Foreign Ministry official: Djibouti base will make it easier for the SDF to cooperate with U.S. counterterrorism operation. Being able to swiftly deploy SDF forces to trouble spots for PKO can contribute to the security of neighboring nations.

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Top 10 Posts of the Week @ JSW: Week 21, 2011

Top 10 Posts of the Week @ JSW: Week 21, 2011

We've had a lot of tough news to read out of Tohoku this week, as well as a sci-fi turn by Kyle Mizokami. Now it's your turn to tell us which of the top posts in the last 7 days you most enjoyed or found interesting.

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East Asia Forum: The Legitimacy of Japan's Self Defense Forces

East Asia Forum: The Legitimacy of Japan’s Self Defense Forces

Andrew Levidis: The triple disaster might provide the impetus for a new definition of Japanese purpose. Such a purpose rests on the construction of a robust and flexible legislative framework for national security that replaces the artifice and evasions of the post-War.

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Yomiuri: SDF to establish first overseas base

Yomiuri: SDF to establish first overseas base

Yomiuri: The government announced that the SDF will open its first forward-deployment base for its counter-piracy mission in Djibouti, East Africa, on June 1st.

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SDF Loses a Third Member in Disaster Area

SDF Loses a Third Member in Disaster Area

A member of the 18th Infantry Regiment (based at Camp Makomanai Base in Sapporo, Hokkaido) on deployment in Iwate Prefecture passed away in the early morning of May 27th. He is the SDF's third fatality on deployment in Tohoku.

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