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Interview with ATLA Commissioner Hideaki Watanabe

  One year has passed since the Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) was established as an external bureau of the Ministry of Defense in October 2015. The agency handles R&D, acquisition, and maintenance of defense equipment and weapons. In response to the government’s shift in defense policy, the agency provides support for the export of weapons overseas. The Mainichi Shimbun interviewed….Read more

  • October 27, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 11
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Gov’t drawing up Cabinet order for SDF ‘rush and rescue’ missions

The government has begun preparing a Cabinet decision expected as early as Nov. 11 assigning “rush and rescue” duties to the next Ground Self-Defense Force engineering unit to be rotated into South Sudan as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission there.   “Rush and rescue” means coming to the aid of U.N. personnel and other civilians in trouble as….Read more

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

DM Inada says situation in South Sudan wasn’t suitable for SDF rescue operations

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said at a press conference on Oct. 28: “Our country’s engineering unit would not be able to go to the defense of foreign military personnel and foreign nationals in a situation like the one that occurred in July that even UN troops (participating in the PKO) couldn’t respond to.” She was referring to the attack on a….Read more

  • October 29, 2016
  • , Sankei , p. 5
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Experts call for maritime crisis system

Maritime security experts stressed the importance of establishing a crisis management mechanism and enhancing the capabilities of law-enforcement agencies in East Asia as they unveiled a set of proposals on the issue at a symposium in Tokyo on Friday.   The proposals were made at the Symposium on Crisis Management at Sea — Urgent Proposals from the Field. The event,….Read more

  • October 28, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 8:04 pm
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Govt eyes subsidies for border islands

The government plans to provide financial assistance to lower the transportation costs on sea and air routes to and from inhabited remote islands close to Japan’s national borders, as part of new measures starting next fiscal year, it was learned recently.   A pillar of the new scheme is that the government will establish a grant system of about ¥5….Read more

  • October 30, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 8:37 pm
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Special Advisor Shibayama to visit South Sudan

The government announced on Oct. 28 that it will send Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Masahiko Shibayama to South Sudan for two days from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2. Shibayama will meet with key figures in the government of South Sudan and visit the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) unit camp in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

  • October 29, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 4
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa assembly adopts resolution in protest of abusive remarks made by police

Most Saturday morning papers reported that the Okinawa prefectural assembly passed a motion on Friday addressed to the National Policy Agency (NPA) commissioner general protesting the recent offensive remarks directed toward base opponents by riot police at the Northern Training Area. LDP members voted against it.   In a related development, the NPA issued instructions on Friday to prefectural police….Read more

  • October 29, 2016
  • , Asahi
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Japan, U.S., Australia agree to speed up exchange of defense intelligence

Several Saturday morning papers wrote that the defense authorities of the U.S., Japan, and Australia signed in Hawaii on Thursday a legal arrangement to speed up the mutual sharing of military information with the goal of enhancing trilateral security cooperation in order to deal with China’s maritime advancement. This arrangement, which will be implemented when their troops carry out joint….Read more

  • October 29, 2016
  • , Asahi
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

GOJ to make decision on Nov. 11 on rescue operations for Sudan-bound SDF

Saturday morning’s Mainichi led with a speculative report claiming that the GOJ is inclined to make an official decision on Nov. 11 on allowing South Sudan-bound SDF personnel to go to the defense of foreign troops and aid workers in the event that they come under attack. Defense Minister Inada, however, told the press on Friday that rescue operations may….Read more

  • October 29, 2016
  • , Mainichi
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa sailor arrested for assault

Monday’s Tokyo Shimbun reported briefly in its city news section that the Okinawa police on Sunday arrested a 22-year-old U.S. sailor belonging to Camp Foster on assault charges, explaining that he pushed a local man to the ground and choked him from behind on a public road in Chatan late Saturday night. The suspect was reportedly intoxicated when he was….Read more

  • October 31, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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