Posts tagged "Okinawa"
Mid-Week Summary: Jan 5 2011

Mid-Week Summary: Jan 5 2011

Aerial view of Kadena Air Base via Wikipedia Japan, US agree to relocate F-15 training from Kadena to Guam This is part of a large move relocating forces from Okinawa to Guam, but is only a minor victory for the Japanese government who remain unable to effect any larger move.   US drops AEGIS system...

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Could Futenma relocate to mainland Japan?

Could Futenma relocate to mainland Japan?

The Japanese government is reportedly looking at re-basing the U.S. Marine Corps air base at Futenma, Okinawa. Several places are under consideration. On Kyushu, the Hijudai Maneuver Area; on Honshu, Kita Fuji and Higashi Fuji training grounds, and Ojojihara Maneuver Area; on Hokkaido, Yausubetsu Maneuver Area. The proposal to relocate some training functions of the...

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Keen Sword 2011 (updated)

–Updated 12/10/10 – Keen Sword exercises have ended. Here’s a wrap photo. I count 25 ships. I figure at least half of those ships are Japanese. All of the major Japanese combatants — Hyuga, Kunisaki, Kongo, and Shirane are present. That’s USS Houston in front. Why aren’t there any Japanese submarines in the formation? (Then...

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One way to get the Americans out of Okinawa: let China have it.

According to some Chinese scholars, in addition to the Senkakus, Okinawa too should be Chinese: More than a few Chinese scholars are beginning to claim Okinawa as Chinese land by writing numerous academic papers in Chinese journals, though they are still in a minority among historians. Xu Yong, noted professor of history at the Beijing...

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Japan defense panel: reinforce the outer islands

The government panel that was convened last year to study Japan’s defense posture has written its report, and one of the many interesting conclusions it has come to is that the outer islands, scene of so much drama last Spring, need to be defended. Earlier this year, Japanese warships followed Chinese naval flotillas, including submarines,...

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New plan to beef up Ryukyus unveiled

The Ministry of Defense is now looking at garrisoning troops in the Ryukyu islands chain, including Yonaguni Island,  Miyakojima and other major islands. In response to such factors as activity by Chinese naval vessels, the ministry is eyeing reinforcing surveillance along Japan’s western border. The Self-Defense Forces have only a sparse presence in areas to...

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More WW2-era explosives found on Okinawa

More than 900 pieces of unexploded ordinance were found in Okinawa this week buried underneath a restaurant. Construction workers on a road expansion project detected the explosives with a metal detector and notified police Wednesday morning, Kiyotaka Maedomari, a senior police official in Itoman city, told AFP. An army bomb disposal squad discovered the total...

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U.S. Congressman calls Futenma into question

(Via ROK Drop) U.S. congressman Barney Frank, longtime member of the House Armed Services Committee, thinks the U.S. Marines on Okinawa should be withdrawn. “Most people, I think, that I talk to, thought the Marines left Okinawa when John Wayne died,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show on July 8, referring to the long-gone Hollywood...

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Kan goes to Okinawa

A bit old, but last week was a busy one… Prime Minister Naoto Kan visited Okinawa to attend official events commemorating to the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa. “I want to express my gratitude for the fact that this burden contributes to the peace and security of the Asia-Pacific region,” Kan said at...

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Hatoyama gets a scolding

The editor in chief of the Asahi Shimbun penned an open letter to Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. [the] core of the problem lies in an inability to put together a new vision for the Japan-U.S. alliance amid drastic changes occurring not only in Japanese politics, but also in East Asia’s strategic environment. Read the whole...

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On the PLAN’s recent naval parades and resource wars

This writer for the Mainichi Daily News thinks that the passage of the Chinese flotilla off the coast of Okinawa was not aimed at the Japanese. Oh, it was “obviously” not. Rather, it was aimed at…the Americans! The Miyako Channel will likely serve as the gate to the open ocean for ships of the Chinese...

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The PLAN and Okinawa, again

Coatepeque at China Defense Blog has some pictures and articles on the PLAN task force that sailed past Okinawa a few weeks ago. Apparently they were headed to Straits of Malacca for an exercise. He’s also got hull numbers and other details. China Defense Blog is a great blog that I’ve linked to over at...

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