Monthly archive July, 2011
The Complete JSW Tohoku Research Trip Report

The Complete JSW Tohoku Research Trip Report

On July 1st-4th, JSW writers visited Miyagi Prefecture to conduct a tour of the areas affected by the tsunami. This post brings together the research trip posts, and adds some final features to the appendices.

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JSW Talks: Prof Sabine Frühstück

JSW Talks: Prof Sabine Frühstück

JSW talks to Prof. Sabine Frühstück, author of 'Uneasy Warriors', to discuss the Tohoku Earthquake's impact on the SDF's identity and future, and what that future may hold for its female service members.

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Will Japan Shoot Down Its Own Spy Satellite?

Will Japan Shoot Down Its Own Spy Satellite?

Will the Japanese follow the Americans and shoot down their own satellite?

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Japanese Comedian Tamori Tours MSDF DD-110 Takanami [Youtube Fridays]

Japanese Comedian Tamori Tours MSDF DD-110 Takanami [Youtube Fridays]

Popular Japanese comedian and presenter Tamori with Guadalcanal Taka and Takeyama Takanori touring the MSDF's destroyer Takanami in port in Yokosuka

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Head of SDF Earthquake Response New Head of GSDF

Head of SDF Earthquake Response New Head of GSDF

GSDF Lt. General Eiji Kimizuka has been appointed as the new GSDF Chief of Staff. Kimizuka headed up the Self-Defense Force's first ever tri-service operation in its response to the Tohoku Earthquake

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MSDF in New Hollywood Film, "BATTLESHIP"

MSDF in New Hollywood Film, “BATTLESHIP”

For the first time, the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force is set appear to appear in a Hollywood film. “BATTLESHIP”, based on the popular board game, is a movie about a multinational naval task force exercising off Hawaii and encountering a hostile alien sea flotilla. Click here for the trailer. The “multinational naval task force...

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Japan in Military Exercises with Australia, Canada

Japan in Military Exercises with Australia, Canada

This week the Maritime Self Defense Force and Air Self Defense Force is engaged in exercises with Australia and Canada.

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Tohoku Trip: Onagawa

Tohoku Trip: Onagawa

Part of the Tohoku Research Trip Report. In the center of the town, a four-story building lies on its side, a prominent reminder, as if the rubble weren't enough, of what went on in Onagawa on March 11th, 2011.

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Japanese International Peacekeeping Missions [Youtube Friday]

Japanese International Peacekeeping Missions [Youtube Friday]

The following video comes in English courtesy of the Ministry of Defense. It’s a piece of propaganda, of course, but it is a pretty detailed overview of the SDF’s activities around the world. I’d say “Enjoy!” but it’s not that kind of video:

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Japan and Deterrence Against North Korea After 2010

Japan and Deterrence Against North Korea After 2010

The sinking of the Cheonan and the Yeonpyeong artillery strikes call for serious questions to be raised about the efficacy of the conventional deterrence on the peninsula not just for the US and South Korea, but for Japan too

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Japan's Armed Force Levels, 2011-2015

Japan’s Armed Force Levels, 2011-2015

  The National Defense Program Guidelines are out in English (click image to enlarge; here for the PDF), reflecting desirable force levels for the 2011-2015 period. Highlights include: - An increase in the submarine fleet from 16 to 22, likely due to the retention of older submarines (Japan tends to retire submarines when they reach...

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Russia Pursues French Mistral Helicopter Carriers: Should Japan Be Worried?

Russia Pursues French Mistral Helicopter Carriers: Should Japan Be Worried?

Buszynski: Declaring that the Mistrals would be deployed in the southern Kurile Islands appears to be a political ploy to up the ante in escalating polemics with the Japanese over the disputed islands.

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