In Wake of F-22 Ban, Japan Forging Ties with Europe (With a Warning to America)

In Wake of F-22 Ban, Japan Forging Ties with Europe (With a Warning to America)

For more than forty years, as part of an alliance with the United States, Japan was allowed access to some of the very best fighters in the world. A string of American fighters, starting with the F-86 Sabre, then the F-104 Starfighter, F-4 Phantom and finally the F-15 provided the...

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Coast Guard to pick up retiring Hatsuyuki-class destroyers?

Coast Guard to pick up retiring Hatsuyuki-class destroyers?

The MSDF and Japan Coast Guard are in talks to push retiring Hatsuyuki-class destroyers into service patrolling the Senkaku islands to cover a shortage of mid-term vessel numbers.

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New Minister and a Change of Pace at Ichigaya

New Minister and a Change of Pace at Ichigaya

Incoming Defense Minister Onodera's foreign policy background and Ichigaya's new breeze of life over the New Year.

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MSDF Ships Visit Yokohama's Minato Mirai

MSDF Ships Visit Yokohama’s Minato Mirai

MSDF vessels put into Yokohama for a public open-day event. JSW's James Simpson was on the scene, unprepared but eager to serve.

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GSDF Chief of Staff Kimizuka Visits USS Bonhomme Richard

GSDF Chief of Staff Kimizuka Visits USS Bonhomme Richard

As the GSDF's 15th Brigade trains alongside the USMC, Gen. Eiji Kimizuka (GSDF Chief of Staff) visits the USS Bonhomme Richard to discuss the future of SDF-USMC interoperability.

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The Japanese Election, the LDP's Manifesto, and Defense

The Japanese Election, the LDP’s Manifesto, and Defense

The Liberal Democratic Party, the party likely to gain the most seats in the upcoming election, has put out an election manifesto with two not particularly new but nonetheless interesting proposals. 1) For Japan to embrace exercising its right to collective self-defense (集団的自衛権行使) if necessary, either by constitutional change or constitutional reinterpretation if necessary. 2)...

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RUSI Japan

RUSI Japan

Nothing of substance right now, although there is much to talk about. M.Taylor Fravel has a great post up that reflects a lot of my own thoughts and apprehensions on issues regarding the current Senkaku conflict.* It seems to be reviving for the third time this year after having been pronounced dead twice. Essential reading also includes...

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Senkakus/Diaoyu Islands Standoff De-Escalates

When China describes something as a “core interest”, it’s time to sit up and pay attention. A core interest is exactly what it sounds like — something that China views as essential to China’s economy and security. Perhaps more importantly the core interest label tends to denote something that China believes is not open to...

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On the Misuse of the Reconstruction Budget

On the Misuse of the Reconstruction Budget

James Simpson takes issue with the reporting of misuse of reconstruction budget funds by the Ministry of Defense.

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Shukan Bunshun: Senkaku Naval Battle: JSDF’s Secret Simulation

Another article, translated by a JSW pal, from the Japanese weekly tabloid Shukan Bunshun, October 4, 2012. Senkaku Naval Battle: JSDF’s Secret Simulation “China is definitely planning a strategy to conquer the Senkaku Islands,” claimed senior researcher of Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Richard Fisher.  The chance of a Senkaku Battle is not...

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TRDI's New Toy: Unmanned 4x4

TRDI’s New Toy: Unmanned 4×4

Strike and Tactical magazine has an exclusive this month covering the Technical Research and Development Institute's new toy: an unmanned 4x4

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The Atlantic — Japan and the U.S: It’s Time to Rethink Your Relationship

I have an article up at The Atlantic on the U.S. – Japan alliance titled, “Japan and the U.S. It’s Time to Rethink Your Relationship.” Give it a read and have a great weekend.  

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Two Large Steps for the Australia-Japan Relationship on the Horizon?

Two Large Steps for the Australia-Japan Relationship on the Horizon?

Two very interesting pieces of news have surfaced in the last two days regarding the Australia-Japan relationship. On Wednesday morning (日) in New York, Japan and Australia, on the heels of the recent two-plus-two dialogue in Sydney, agreed to further deepening of the strategic partnership, and explicitly committed themselves to making a breakthrough on the Economic Partnership Agreement...

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Everything You Want to Know About Japan's Marines

Everything You Want to Know About Japan’s Marines

Japan’s burgeoning amphibious warfare capability has been in the news lately, as Japanese troops have been exercising with U.S. Marines on the island of Guam. This is not exactly a new thing, and has been in the works for some time now. In fact, it probably would have been buried again had the exercises, planned...

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Youtube Friday: The MSDF Fleet to the Sound of Neon Genesis Evangelion

In his discussion of a recent internet survey (with a terribly small sample) among South Koreans regarding the Dokdo/Takeshima dispute, Ampontan posted this nice rundown of the MSDF fleet, in English to the crisis-mode music of the excellent anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. It’s a long one, but a nice reference guide.

I’ll leave the determination of its accuracy to those more knowledge about about naval vessels.

I will say this though, there is nothing quite like writing a blog post to that music!

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EDIT: These extra videos (Courtesy of Gray in the comments) show the fleets of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN):

… and a slightly out-dated video showing the fleet of the South Korean Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN)

Thanks to Gray for digging up these videos and if you appreciate his contribution, please give his comment below a thumbs up.

EDIT 2: Another MSDF video courtesy of Viktor:

Be sure to give him a thumbs up below

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Shukan Bunshun, "The Reasons Why the Senkaku Islands are Japan Territory"

Shukan Bunshun, “The Reasons Why the Senkaku Islands are Japan Territory”

A translation of an article in the Shukan Bunshun reflects upon the Japanese perspective on the Senkaku island dispute and China's rise.

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Sekai no Kansen: Japan's Strategy Against Senkaku Islands Dispute

Sekai no Kansen: Japan’s Strategy Against Senkaku Islands Dispute

Sekai no Kansen (Ships of the World) looks at Japanese strategy towards the disputed Senkaku islands in the Southwest.

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