Posts tagged "Okinawa"

GSDF unit to disarm anti-tank rocket

This is a rather unusual story from Okinawa. Housewife’s husband brings home anti-tank rocket in the 1960s. He dies, she throws it out into the backyard. Neighbor gets worried, calls it in to the authorities. The authorities send a GSDF ordinance team…but the team doesn’t know how to deal with anything made after World War...

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Okinawa-based GSDF unit expanded, renamed

According to this report in Xinhua, the 1st Combined Brigade of the Ground Self Defense Forces is now the 15th brigade. The Naha, Okinawa-based unit also received a manpower boost of 300 men, a dedicated Nuclear/Biological/Chemical unit, and new armored vehicles and artillery. Vehicles are possibly the Type 82 NBC reconnaissance vehicle, pictured above. This...

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Thoughts on Futenma, Part Five (A Modest Proposal)

Thoughts on Futenma, Part Five (A Modest Proposal)

So, let’s think about fixing this. If the DPJ is truly only interested in making the U.S.-Japan partnership more an alliance of equal powers instead of one dominant and one lesser power, the DPJ needs to find ways to do more for the alliance. Making a big deal out of Futenma is doing something for...

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The PLAN and Okinawa Story

While I’ve been putting together the Futenma posts the big news has been that the People’s Liberation Army Navy made an appearance off Okinawa. 90 miles southwest of Okinawa, to be precise. The Japan Times says it was eight surface combatants (of a total estimated PLAN inventory of 75-77) and two submarines, both of which...

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Thoughts on Futenma, Part Four.

Now, Washington. From the point of view of the United States, Futenma is an unwelcome distraction. America is a busy country right now, with a raft of foreign policy problems to solve. Arms control, Iran, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are weighty issues that require a lot of time and attention....

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Thoughts on Futenma, Part Three.

Now, Tokyo. Okinawan opposition to Futenma has been around for decades, but unfortunately for the Okinawans, so was the Liberal Democratic Party. The LDP was finally ousted, in the Fall of 2009. The LDP was not terribly interested in the Futenma issue, but it did negotiate the 2005 agreement where Futenma’s air assets would be relocated...

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Thoughts on Futenma, Part Two.

Let’s start with the Okinawans first. First of all, as many have said, the air base really is in the middle of a city. Here’s a look at in Google Maps. [cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=26.270058,127.758508&spn=0.027092,0.037079&t=h&z=15 width=600 height=600 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] Zoom in and look around. Take a stroll just outside the airbase in Google Street View. What...

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Thoughts on Futenma, Part One.

I’ve been reading up on the Futenma controversy for the last few weeks now. I’d originally thought I would write a FAQ, since this is a learning blog after all. But the more I read, the less attractive that sounded, as the issue is rather complicated. Instead I’d like to offer my perspective on both...

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Secret U.S.-Japan Security pacts exposed!

Apparently there were several, and the ruling DPJ party is bent on exposing all of them. The Times of India says: Soon after coming to power, the government set up a panel of historians to probe the long-whispered existence of pacts between the two countries. Their findings are expected to be released some time this...

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