Monthly archive September, 2011
Charting the Recent AFP/GfK Poll on Japanese Public Opinion

Charting the Recent AFP/GfK Poll on Japanese Public Opinion

In early September, Associated Press/GfK released the results of a survey on Japanese public opinion covering a wide range of issues. JSW steps in to provide the data as graphs for all to read.

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Armed XP-1 Patrol Aircraft Pics Emerge

Armed XP-1 Patrol Aircraft Pics Emerge

Pics have emerged of the XP-1 maritime patrol aircraft equipped with Type 91 anti-ship missiles.

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What if 9/11 Had Happened in Japan?

What if 9/11 Had Happened in Japan?

The morning of September 11th, 2001 I was waiting in line to catch the ferry to work when a friend called. I’d been seeing hints of something bad going on all morning; when I rolled out of bed at 7am I’d seen reports on the Internet of a plane having crashed into one of the...

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Russian Bombers Encircle Japan on Intimidation Mission

Russian Bombers Encircle Japan on Intimidation Mission

The Bears are back. Once again, Russia sent  Tu-95 (NATO reporting name: Bear) heavy bombers on a highly provocative flight that practically encircled the three major islands of Japan. From Kyodo / Mainichi Daily News: The Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged Thursday that two Tupolev Tu-95MS bombers flew over the Pacific Ocean and other areas for...

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Fuji Firepower Review 2011

Fuji Firepower Review 2011

On Sunday, August 28th 2011, the GSDF held its extravagant annual public review at the Higashi Fuji Maneuver Area near Gotemba, Shizuoka. The live-fire spectacle costs a few hundred million yen, an incredible amount of taxpayer's money that this blogger was able to see being put to 'work'.

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Japan: New Gov't Continuing Arms Export Ban Rethink

Japan: New Gov’t Continuing Arms Export Ban Rethink

Yasuo Ichikawa, Japan's latest Defense Minister, has stated that Japan will continue to look into modifying Japan's unofficial arms export ban.

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JSW Links, 9/9/11

JSW Links, 9/9/11

- Chinese destroyer temporarily blinded crew of USNS Victorious with laser - Recruitment cartoons for Aum Shinrikyo. Here, here, and here (last one NSFW) - Japanese father’s letter to bin Laden - Did Russia sell China J-20 technology?        

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YouTube Fridays: The History of GSDF Tanks, in Plastic

The history of Japanese postwar main battle tanks in plastic.

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Where Are They Now? Chinese Skipper in Senkaku Brouhaha Growing Fat, Banned from Fishing

Where Are They Now? Chinese Skipper in Senkaku Brouhaha Growing Fat, Banned from Fishing

A year after his arrest by the Japan Coast Guard for fishing in Japanese territorial waters, Chinese fishing captain and “Hero of the Chinese People” Tan Qi Xiong is stuck on land, unable to go to sea. A reporter from the Mainichi Japan went to visit him at his home on the Taiwan Strait. Just...

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Prime Minister Noda and Yasuo Ichikawa, his man at Ichigaya

Prime Minister Noda and Yasuo Ichikawa, his man at Ichigaya

Prime Minister Noda, son of a GSDF paratrooper, appoints an 'amateur' as Minister of Defense, reverses on expectations and disappoints security watchers.

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China, Korea, and Noda

China, Korea, and Noda

The temperature was turned up a little in diplomatic relations between China, Korea and Japan on the election of new Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko earlier this week, with both Chinese and Korean media and government sources questioning the suitability of Noda’s thoughts on historical issues. The first thing that needs to be said is that...

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JSDF Troops May Have to "Hitch a Ride" to Defend Their Own Country

JSDF Troops May Have to “Hitch a Ride” to Defend Their Own Country

SDF troops may need to "hitch a ride" with commercial transportation or U.S. military forces to get to remote Japanese territory. It's a bad idea.

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