Monthly archive October, 2011
YouTube: New JMSDF Destroyer Teruzuki launched

YouTube: New JMSDF Destroyer Teruzuki launched

The Maritime Self Defense Force’s latest destroyer, JS Teruzuki, was launched September 15th. Teruzuki was launched six months after the lead ship in her class, Akizuki. Here’s a picture of Akizuki during sea trials. JS Teruzuki: - Teruzuki, DD-116. - Launched at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipyard in Nagasaki. - Second of five ships of the...

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Japan-Operated Tanker Attacked in Malacca Strait

Japan-Operated Tanker Attacked in Malacca Strait

In slightly dated news, Kyodo reported last month that a Japanese-operated, Panama-flagged tanker, Ginga Falcon, was attacked by pirates. The attackers made off with a life preserver before they fled. Panama-flagged “Ginga Falcon,” a 13,292 gross ton vessel, was anchored in port waters of Indonesia’s Pulau Karimun Besar Island when it was attacked by three...

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The Diplomat: Train Japanese Forces Abroad

The Diplomat: Train Japanese Forces Abroad

My proposal for shuttling Japanese air and ground forces to the U.S. for training, “Train Japanese Forces Abroad“, is up at The Diplomat. A solution to the training problem is to move the training grounds all the way across the Pacific, to the United States. The US has plentiful land for training air and ground...

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The Mainichi Rides Along with Japan's Senkaku Patrol

The Mainichi Rides Along with Japan's Senkaku Patrol

A reporter with the Mainichi Daily News goes on a ride-along on a MSDF P-3C Orion as it patrols the Senkaku archipelago. On this day, Oct. 13, I have been given the chance to come along with highly trained members of the MSDF’s 5th Aviation Group on a training flight over the East China Sea...

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Defense Industry Hacking Cases Likely Linked

Defense Industry Hacking Cases Likely Linked

The Daily Yomiuri reports that the infected Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries computers transmitted data to the same US-based server. Police investigators believe there is a single culprit at play.

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KHI: Phishing Email Came From Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies

KHI: Phishing Email Came From Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies

Kyodo Press reports on the roots of the phishing attempt upon Kawasaki Heavy Industries, another major defense contractor affected by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries cyber-security scare

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ASDF Scrambles Against China Tripled On Last Year

ASDF Scrambles Against China Tripled On Last Year

The first half of FY2011, as Japan dealt with the aftermath of the Tohoku Earthquake, the ASDF was scrambled a record number of times in response to Chinese flights - triple the amount of scrambles over the same period in 2010.

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Extent of "cyber-attack" at MHI increasingly visible

Extent of "cyber-attack" at MHI increasingly visible

Daily Yomiuri reports that data on Japan's Type-80 air-to-ship missile was among data stolen in 300,000 unauthorized access attempts made to a server at a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries site in Komaki, Aichi.

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Japan Air Self Defense Force Tankers May Refuel U.S. Aircraft (Under Certain Conditions, Of Course)

Japan Air Self Defense Force Tankers May Refuel U.S. Aircraft (Under Certain Conditions, Of Course)

JASDF tankers may now refuel American aircraft during military exercises.

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Report: India to Propose Joint India - Japan Exercises

Report: India to Propose Joint India – Japan Exercises

From The Pioneer: Defence Minister AK Antony and External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will head to Japan in November this year ahead of newly elected Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda’s visit here in December, sources said. The dates for Antony and Krishna’s visit are being worked out, the sources added. Antony, sources said, will propose a...

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The First Step Towards a Protection of Secrets Law?

The First Step Towards a Protection of Secrets Law?

Following the Senkaku Islands incident last year, is it any wonder that the government is working hard on producing a Protection of Secrets Law?

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Japan - China Officer Exchanges to Resume

Japan – China Officer Exchanges to Resume

After a year-long hold, officer exchanges between Japan and China are set to resume.

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