A little nugget from Xinhua:

TOKYO, July 23 (Xinhua) — Japan will send Self-Defense Forces ( SDF) staff to observe a joint military drill between the United States and South Korea slated for Sunday through Wednesday in the Sea of Japan, the Defense Ministry said Friday.

Japan will not dispatch any vessel to the drill but several officers from the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) will attend the joint exercise as observers.

“The government has judged that sending the SDF staff as observers would not violate Japan’s pacifist Constitution”, Kyodo news agency said in a report. (Link)

Interesting to watch South Korea draw closer to Japan in the aftermath of the Cheonan sinking. Not exactly what Kim Jung Un had in mind, I think.

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