Monthly archive November, 2011
Asia Security Watch: China Cares Not For Your Antiquated Exclusive Economic Zones

Asia Security Watch: China Cares Not For Your Antiquated Exclusive Economic Zones

China had promised the Republic of Korea that Chinese fisherman would be better at staying out of ROK Exclusive Economic Zones. Let's see how that went...

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Asia Security Watch: ‘Marine Week 2011′ Offers Insight into the ROK’s Current & Future Naval Warfare Trajectory (Part 1)

Asia Security Watch: ‘Marine Week 2011′ Offers Insight into the ROK’s Current & Future Naval Warfare Trajectory (Part 1)

Part one in a review of the various military technologies seen at Marine Week 2011 in Busan.

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China Unlikely to Aid in Mitsubishi Heavy Cyber-Attack Investigation

China Unlikely to Aid in Mitsubishi Heavy Cyber-Attack Investigation

Police investigating the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries hacking case have hit a brick wall after China stalls on cooperating with the investigation. Does China have something to hide?

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Japan Echo Web: Behind the Scenes of Operation Tomodachi

Japan Echo Web translated an eye-opening interview with representatives of the GSDF and USMC covering the decision-making and background to the US relief mission following the Tohoku Earthquake.

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O'Hanlon and Mochizuki on the Okinawa Basing Issue

O'Hanlon and Mochizuki on the Okinawa Basing Issue

I have a strong interest in the U.S. Marine Corps Okinawa basing issue. I don’t post on it very often, mostly because what passes for news usually isn’t. It’s been clear since Hatoyama’s resignation that, barring somebody running out of money, the 2006 agreement is going forward and 8,000 of the roughly 18,000 U.S. Marines based on...

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On the Exercise in Kyushu, Okinawa

On the Exercise in Kyushu, Okinawa

As media reporting on the current SDF exercises gets underway, the significant scale is clear to see as Japan charters private vessels to ferry troops and equipment and engages in exercises across Kyushu and Okinawa.

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Could this be the SDF's next-gen artillery?

Could this be the SDF's next-gen artillery?

A life-cycle cost report gives artillery nerds a little eye-candy: an concept for the SDF's future self-propelled artillery piece to replace the FH-70 towed howitzer by 2016.

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Will the South Sudan PKO mission push SDF constraints?

Will the South Sudan PKO mission push SDF constraints?

The DPJ is opening the door to discussions on revising the restrictions on the SDF under the current PKO law ahead of it joining the UN mission in South Sudan, where oil interests are at stake.

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Japan-Funded Training Center Begins Construction in Djibouti

Japan-Funded Training Center Begins Construction in Djibouti

Japan-funded maritime security training center begins construction in Djibouti.

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Natchan High-Speed Ferry: The SDF and the Use of Civilian Transportation

Natchan High-Speed Ferry: The SDF and the Use of Civilian Transportation

The movement of GSDF vehicles from Hokkaido to Kyushu demonstrates the utility of chartering civilian assets for military logistics, an issue very much in debate among Japan's defense experts

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T-90s to Leave Higashi-Chitose for Oita Tomorrow Morning

T-90s to Leave Higashi-Chitose for Oita Tomorrow Morning

A local Hokkaido newspaper reports on the very slow journey to be taken by Hokkaido's 7th Division Type-90 tanks and other armored vehicles as they make their way to Kyushu for a major exercise.

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Japan, India to hold 1st Bilateral Exercises in 2012

Japan, India to hold 1st Bilateral Exercises in 2012

The defense ministers of Japan and India agreed this week to hold bilateral naval exercises in 2012.

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