Monthly archive August, 2011
Wanted: New Small Satellite Launch Vehicles for Japan

Wanted: New Small Satellite Launch Vehicles for Japan

Japanese research into small satellites using aircraft as launch platforms is moving forward.

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Japan, U.S., U.K. in Joint Minesweeper Exercises

Japan, U.S., U.K. in Joint Minesweeper Exercises

Kyodo reports that the Japan will join the United States and United Kingdom in minesweeping exercises in October.

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The GSDF's Nansei Garrisons: What Will They Look Like?

The GSDF’s Nansei Garrisons: What Will They Look Like?

Kyodo has a report on plans to install ground troops on the Nansei islands, and how such garrisons may resemble existing GSDF garrisons for Tsushima and northern Hokkaido. The ministry is eyeing reinforcing surveillance around Japan’s western border as the Self-Defense Forces is only sparsely dispatched in areas to the west of Okinawa’s main island,...

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What the Chinese think about today's PM election in Japan

What the Chinese think about today’s PM election in Japan

Well what the Beijing News (jp) reports about it anyhow. On Saturday the Beijing News reported on the candidates vying today for the role of the President of the DPJ and thus Prime Minister of Japan. Kaieda Banri, the candidate many see as an Ozawa Ichiro proxy, comes out most favoured. The paper reports him to...

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Kevin Maher: US Offered Unmanned Helicopters, Japan Concerned About Compensation

Kevin Maher: US Offered Unmanned Helicopters, Japan Concerned About Compensation

Kevin Maher's book, "The Japan that Can't Decide," describes a 2-week interrogation of the US by Japan over the list of equipment it could provide to help the relief effort - was the Japanese government overly concerned with the cost? Is this PM Kan's fault? The Sankei Shimbun says yes.

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As Plans for Coastal Monitoring Unit Proceed, Yonaguni Residents Raise Voices

As Plans for Coastal Monitoring Unit Proceed, Yonaguni Residents Raise Voices

The MoD is moving towards the purchase of a site to house a GSDF coastal monitoring unit on the island of Yonaguni, part of Okinawa Prefecture. Residents are apparently divided, but opposition is growing.

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

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

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 disaster relief display on show that day.

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Japan's 5th Gen Fighter Demonstrator to Get FY12 Funding

Japan’s 5th Gen Fighter Demonstrator to Get FY12 Funding

Development of the ATD-X fighter demonstrator airframe will be funded this financial year.

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Sankei: Increasing Counter-Terrorism Readiness in the Capital

Sankei: Increasing Counter-Terrorism Readiness in the Capital

The creation of a new rapid response force is being considered within the Ground Self-Defense Force to operate within a 3km radius of Kasumigaseki, where the Prime Minister's official residence and government ministries are gathered.

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USAF HTV-2 Recalls Japan's HYFLEX Program

USAF HTV-2 Recalls Japan’s HYFLEX Program

Yesterday's HVT-2 launch recalls an earlier effort by Japan to develop a hypersonic spacecraft with a sub-orbital trajectory.

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The SDF in South Sudan

The SDF in South Sudan

The previous post on Japan’s SDF potentially taking part in a new peacekeeping operation in South Sudan led to some useful discussion in the comments section. The issue was back on the agenda this week with Ban Ki-moon touching down in Japan and requesting Japanese participation. To be clear, the South Sudan mission would be...

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News of the Obvious: Japan to Defend Itself if Invaded

News of the Obvious: Japan to Defend Itself if Invaded

Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano has stated that Japan will defend the Senkaku islands if they are invaded.

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