Monthly archive July, 2011
GSDF Fuji School 57th Open Day 2011 [Part One]

GSDF Fuji School 57th Open Day 2011 [Part One]

On July 10th, 2011, the Ground Self-Defense Force's Fuji School of Combined Arms threw open its gates for the annual open day. James Simpson reports on the force review and display that day.

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Jeffrey Hornung: The Risks of 'Disaster Nationalism'

Jeffrey Hornung: The Risks of ‘Disaster Nationalism’

While the politicians play politics and attempt to secure whatever capital they can out of the disaster, it is the officials in the ministries and local government offices that will make sure that Japan stays on course.

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Tohoku Trip: Kesennuma

Tohoku Trip: Kesennuma

Part of the Tohoku Research Trip Report. The tsunami caused fires on the oil floating on the waters above the port in Kesennuma: an inferno on the water, a living nightmare that lasted 4 days.

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Mika Shimizu: Policy Lessons for Japanese Disaster Responses

Mika Shimizu: Policy Lessons for Japanese Disaster Responses

Shimizu: Although the Prime Minister’s office has established more than twenty new offices to respond to the disaster since the earthquake, a pre-event well-understood, resilience-based and focused coordination plan would have helped manage a more effective post-disaster response.

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Boosting SDF's Nuclear Accident Response Capabilities

Boosting SDF’s Nuclear Accident Response Capabilities

Yomiuri: The SDF plans to better incorporate operations SDF personnel conducted under highly radioactive conditions. This is expected to include improving response capabilities by beefing up equipment, enhancing cooperation, and holding exercises.

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South Sudan and Japan's 'international contribution'

South Sudan and Japan’s ‘international contribution’

When South Sudan became the world’s newest nation this past weekend UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon made an appeal for Japanese assistance for the UN Peacekeeping mission that will take place in South Sudan. Ban requested SDF helicopters in particular for the purposes of transferring 7-8000 peacekeeping operations personnel within the nation. Praising the...

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Tanks of the GSDF (in plastic)

Tanks of the GSDF (in plastic)

Model maker Tasca has announced the latest GSDF tank to be released in plastic model kit form, the M4A3E8. The M4A3E8, considered ultimate version of the Sherman tank, served with the U.S. Army in World War II, as well as the Korean War. Here’s a pic of the cover art, courtesy the excellent Perth Military...

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Yasuji Ishigaki on Regional Cooperation following the Earthquake

Yasuji Ishigaki on Regional Cooperation following the Earthquake

Ishigaki: The concerted efforts shown so admirably by Japan's East Asian neighbors to provide aid and support could be regarded as deriving out of the sense of regional solidarity or “We-feeling.”

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Is PM Kan Holding the FX Program Hostage?

Is PM Kan Holding the FX Program Hostage?

Sankei: Pretending to be an expert → becomes increasingly confused → dodges responsibility by retracting his statement. This is the change Kan underwent when faced with the nuclear incident, and now he cannot be excused from this FX selection blunder either.

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Tohoku Trip: Minami-Sanriku

Tohoku Trip: Minami-Sanriku

Part of the Tohoku Research Trip Report. The devastation at Minami-Sanriku is breathtaking. Rubble is everywhere, the sea wall has broken away, and debris is strewn everywhere. Matsubara Park, once a green relaxation spot, is now home to a growing mountain of rubble.

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YouTube Fridays: Japanese SSK Subs + The Fifth Dimension

No, I have no idea why The Fifth Dimension's "Aquarius / Let the Sun Shine In" is the musical accompaniment for a YouTube video on Japanese submarines

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Japan, U.S., Australia to Hold Exercises in South China Sea.

Japan, U.S., Australia to Hold Exercises in South China Sea.

[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/?ll=8.21149,113.181152&spn=15.610614,18.918457&t=h&z=6 width=575 height=400 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] Well, this is going to be interesting. US, Japan, Australia announce joint South China Sea exercise TOKYO — The U.S., Japanese and Australian navies will Saturday hold a joint drill in the South China Sea — most of which China claims as its maritime territory — Japan’s...

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