Monthly archive September, 2011

YouTube Fridays: Japan's 5th Generation Fighter AKA Get Your Shin-Shin On

A variety of videos about the ATD-X fighter, or Shin-Shin. This video appears to be of a flying scale model produced by TRDI, the Ministry of Defense’s research and development wing — something like DARPA. Here’s an all-CGI video that presents Shin-Shin from an obnoxious number of angles. Fortunately, it also forsakes a power rock...

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Twelve Tsunami-Damaged JASDF Fighters To Be Written Off

Twelve Tsunami-Damaged JASDF Fighters To Be Written Off

Twelve of the eighteen fighters damaged when a tsunami inundated Matsushima Air Base are to be written off as unsalvageable. Worth approximately $1.3 billion USD, the planes were too badly damaged to be repaired. Twelve Mitsubishi F-2 fighters used by the Air Self-Defense Force were damaged beyond repair by the March 11 tsunami and will...

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Japan Launches New Spy Satellite

Japan Launches New Spy Satellite

The satellite, named Optical-4, is meant to keep an eye on the North Korean ballistic missile program. Originally set to launch in August, the mission was delayed until September 17 due to an issue with the launch vehicle’s range safety system (receiver). A local typhoon delayed the launch further, prior to the vehicle lifting off...

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News of the Awkward: Russian Navy to Visit Japan

News of the Awkward: Russian Navy to Visit Japan

Last week, it was Russian bombers flying circles around Japan, doing practice runs on Japanese air defense radars. This week? A friendly visit by the Russian Navy, of course. Of course! A Russian Pacific Fleet’s task force led by the missile cruiser Varyag will arrive on Sunday to Japan on a five-day friendly visit, the...

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Competition Rises for SDF Reservist Candidates

Competition Rises for SDF Reservist Candidates

The reservist recruiting body for the SDF in Kanagawa has posted record-breaking interest as the SDF's civilian reservists receive post-disaster boost.

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ADM Kawamura: China Claiming South China Sea for Nukes

ADM Kawamura: China Claiming South China Sea for Nukes

Over at Battleland, Time magazine quotes a retired MSDF admiral as saying that China needs the South China Sea to hide nukes. Sumihiko Kawamura, deputy director of the conservative Okazaki Institute in Tokyo, says China has claimed virtually all of the South China Sea and is developing aircraft carriers and stealth fighter planes largely to...

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South Sudan PKO: GSDF Engineers to Go to Capital?

South Sudan PKO: GSDF Engineers to Go to Capital?

The Sankei reports on the shape of plans to send GSDF engineers to South Sudan on UN peacekeeping duties.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries: The Chinese Connection?

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries: The Chinese Connection?

As the finger points towards China, we discover that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries wasn't the only mention of a cyber-attack in Japan this week. Get up-to-date with this news link post.

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Abe Shinzo's Indian Ocean Adventures

Abe Shinzo's Indian Ocean Adventures

An upfront tip of the hat to Michael Cucek for this gem. I am not sure what Abe ate while in Dehli but if he has been quoted correctly then it appears he may be auditioning for a conjoint ambassadorial-comedian position when he retires from politics. Ultimately, he said, India, Japan and the US should...

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Was Mitsubishi hit by cyber-spies?

Was Mitsubishi hit by cyber-spies?

A Yomiuri Shimbun article asks if the August cyber-attack on Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, one of Japan's largest defense manufacturers, an act of espionage?

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Japan Wants to Send SDF Engineers to South Sudan

Japan Wants to Send SDF Engineers to South Sudan

The Noda administration plans to send up to 300 engineers to the South Sudan, in a plan that will be announced next week in New York.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries target of cyber-attack

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries target of cyber-attack

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, one of Japan's largest defense manufacturers, has had its several of its computers across many sites compromised by viruses.

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