Monthly archive June, 2011
Japan-Australia Military Ties Advance: Joint Air Force Drills

Japan-Australia Military Ties Advance: Joint Air Force Drills

The ASDF and the Royal Australian Air Force will conduct joint training drills in Alaska next month on the sidelines of RED FLAG-ALASKA.

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The PLAN's Annual Miyakojima Run, 2011

The PLAN’s Annual Miyakojima Run, 2011

For the second time in two years, a PLAN task force of more than ten ships passed through the Miyako Strait en route to the Pacific. On June 8-9 eleven PLAN ships passed in international waters between the Japanese islands of Miyakojima and Okinawa. The ships passed through the strait again Thursday, on their way...

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Chinese UAV spotted by MSDF Aircraft

Chinese UAV spotted by MSDF Aircraft

A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force aircraft spotted a Chinese UAV in the air around a Chinese fleet on a training cruise, this is the first confirmed sighting of a Chinese UAV.

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Sankei sits down with Commander of Joint Disaster Response Taskforce

Sankei sits down with Commander of Joint Disaster Response Taskforce

An interview with the Commander of the relief effort reveals several challenges faced by the SDF in their response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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Japanese Satellites Performed Perfectly, but Once the Ground Stopped Shaking...

Japanese Satellites Performed Perfectly, but Once the Ground Stopped Shaking…

[Courtesy of Peter J. Brown, originally published at Japanese in Space.]   The Government of Japan’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters has released its findings entitled, “Report of Japanese Government to the  IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety – The Accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations” dated June 2011.  While the report is geared for a specific technical...

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Futenma Relocation Plan "Op-Ed"

Futenma Relocation Plan “Op-Ed”

Almost as a if it was a direct response to the previous article by Peter Ennis linked to by James Simpson, the Centre for Strategic International Studies “Japan Chair Platform” has published  a piece by Dr. Jeff Hornung called “Questioning the Senators’ Proposal on U.S. Force Realignment in Japan.” It is a curious piece to say the...

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Peter Ennis on Futenma Relocation Plan

Peter Ennis on Futenma Relocation Plan

Peter Ennis: The lengthy joint security statement marks the demise of the 2006 bilateral “roadmap” for restructuring US forces in Japan, particularly the plan to construct a facility to replace to US Marine Air Station Futenma.

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MSDF Minesweeper collides with fishing boat

MSDF Minesweeper collides with fishing boat

Sankei: MSDF minesweeper JS Kuroshima made contact with the Sumiyoshi Maru, a fishing boat. There no injuries and no oil leaked.

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Alliance Diversification Watch: Indonesia

Alliance Diversification Watch: Indonesia

In the last few years one of the more intriguing but subtle trends in Japan’s security policy evolution are the tentative moves towards what could be called “alliance diversification.” It may be a coincidence but this is something that has seemingly sped up since the DPJ has come to power, with stronger relations being developed...

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Yomiuri on one SDF member's quake story

Yomiuri on one SDF member’s quake story

From the Akita edition of the Yomiuri comes the story of a Ground Self-Defense Force Captain whose family were caught up in the tsunami: 3 months after the catastrophe: His family are victims – SDF member on duty in Kamaishi Crunch, crunch… The sound of SDF members stabbing the gravel with their shovels can be...

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UN: Send GSDF to Southern Sudan

UN: Send GSDF to Southern Sudan

The United Nations is asking for Japan to send Ground Self-Defense Force members to Southern Sudan to take part in peacekeeping operations (PKO) there, Japanese news reports. This comes ahead of the region’s separation and independence from Sudan on July 9th, at which point UN PKO in effect there will be reorganized.  The UN has...

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Mainichi on 100-day memorial services in Miyagi

Mainichi on 100-day memorial services in Miyagi

Yoshihiro Ishikawa: I lost my parents and son to this nightmarish tsunami. 3 months have passed, but the wound in my heart will never heal in my lifetime.

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