Monthly archive October, 2011
Toshiba and MoD go to war

Toshiba and MoD go to war

Toshiba and MoD return to court to fight for compensation following the cancellation of a contract which would have seen Toshiba upgrading F-15J fighters into reconnaissance planes.

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National Defense Academy Gets a New Head

National Defense Academy Gets a New Head

Prof. Ryosei Kokubun of Keio University, an expert on the Shino-Japanese relationship, is expected to take over as president of the National Defense Academy this coming April. What will he bring to the education of the SDF elite?

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Asahi Shimbun: Matsushima Fighter Loss is "Failure to Act"

Asahi Shimbun: Matsushima Fighter Loss is "Failure to Act"

The Asahi Shimbun‘s daily column Vox Populi took on the issue of the F-2 fighters destroyed at Matsushima by the 3/11 tsunami. Eighteen F-2  fighters were inundated by water and slammed into buildings and floating debris. In all, twelve of the F-2s have been judged beyond repair and will be scrapped. The complete article is...

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YouTube Fridays: Japan's Spherical UAV

Via Akihabara News, an article about Japan’s latest robot, developed by the Ministry of Defense. “Because the exterior is round, this machine can land in all kinds of attitudes, and move along the ground. It can also keep in contact with a wall while flying. Because it’s round, it can just roll along the ground,...

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Never Mind the String of Pearls, Let's Talk the Trapper's Snare

[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=208464819395951962634.0004afbffd2c07b0a9c13&msa=0&ll=4.915833,125.332031&spn=61.539901,75.410156 width=600 height=500 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] In the past 10 months, the Asia – Pacific region has seen the following activity: - Increased talk of military cooperation between Japan and South Korea. - South Korea and Indonesia teaming up on a variety of defense projects, including fighters and submarines. - India proposing military...

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Hokkaido's Type-90 Tanks To Train in Kyushu

Hokkaido's Type-90 Tanks To Train in Kyushu

Japan's most controversial tank, the Type-90, is to take part in exercises in Kyushu. The tank is currently only deployed in Hokkaido and so must make the journey across the country along with over a hundred other vehicles.

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Japan's Defense Spending Just Over 1% of GDP

Japan's Defense Spending Just Over 1% of GDP

Reuters reports Japan's defense spending is set to increase by a modest .06 percent in the fiscal year 2012 defense budget.

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Asahi on Possible Leak of Military, Nuclear Info at MHI

Asahi on Possible Leak of Military, Nuclear Info at MHI

The Asahi leads with a scoop suggesting that the recent cyber-attack on Mitsubishi Heavy Industries leaked nuclear and military information to the wider world. Full story within.

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Eurofighter out of the F-X competition

Eurofighter out of the F-X competition

The Typhoon is out of the running for the next-generation fighter competition leaving a dead heat between the US-made F/A-18 and F-35. Who will win?

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SAPIO: Japanese ship already using PMCs for armed protection

SAPIO: Japanese ship already using PMCs for armed protection

SAPIO reports that Japanese companies are already using PMCs to provide security to their freighters. This article from the current print edition discusses how one shipping company views the security of their vessels and personnel.

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The Price of Dinner in the MSDF

The Price of Dinner in the MSDF

¥47 million down the drain as MSDF reconsiders its force-wide year-old nutritional management menu-planning software. Will heads roll?

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Japanese ships to get armed guards?

Japanese ships to get armed guards?

Will armed personnel be stationed aboard Japanese ships as an anti-piracy measure? That's one option on the table as the Japanese government considers how it will respond to the widening net of Somali pirates.

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