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Japan nears defense access deal with quasi-ally Australia next year

TOKYO — Japan and Australia are preparing to sign a long-debated pact next year that would make it easier for each country’s forces to enter the other for joint exercises, Nikkei has learned.   Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government aims to conclude the reciprocal access agreement soon and bring it before parliament for approval as early as next year’s….Read more

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Japan to raise defense spending by $6.1bn this year

TOKYO — The Japanese government plans to seek more than 700 billion yen ($6.1 billion) in additional funding for defense in the fiscal 2021 supplementary budget, Nikkei has learned.   This will mark the biggest such allocation for defense spending in history in a supplementary budget and will bring the total defense budget for the current fiscal year to around….Read more

  • November 19, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 7:53 a.m.
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Cost of SDF aircraft parts skyrocketed over the years

By Sakakibara Ken   The Ministry of Finance (MOF) examined prices of parts of six aircraft models, including planes and helicopters, procured by the Ministry of Defense (MOD). MOF found that on average there has been a 1.5-to-2.4-fold increase in procurement prices of the aircraft parts since initial purchase, with some parts now costing 10 times the original amount. MOF….Read more

  • November 16, 2021
  • , Asahi , p. 8
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Commentary: Tokyo and Canberra quietly reach a major security milestone

BY MICHAEL MACARTHUR BOSACK, CONTRIBUTING WRITER   Roughly 15 years ago, the Australian Defense Force was charged with protecting Japan Self-Defense Force units deployed to Samawah, Iraq, for reconstruction efforts.   It was an arrangement necessitated by Japan’s peace Constitution and security laws, which restricted the SDF’s use of weapons abroad in defending themselves against hostile actors. It also meant….Read more

  • November 16, 2021
  • , The Japan Times
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U.S., Japan conduct submarine drills in South China Sea

Yomiuri, Nikkei, and Sankei wrote that the MSDF announced on Tuesday that it conducted joint submarine drills with the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea on Tuesday. The papers speculated that the drills were aimed at enhancing the deterrence of the two forces with China’s increasing military activities in the region in mind. The MSDF sent a submarine, a….Read more

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Japan to extend anti-piracy mission off Somalia 

Mainichi, Yomiuri, and Sankei wrote that the GOJ decided at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday to extend the SDF’s anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden north of Somalia by one year until Nov. 19, 2022. Japan began the anti-piracy mission in 2009 and continues to deploy a destroyer and two patrol planes there. The GOJ also decided to extend by one year….Read more

  • November 17, 2021
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Sankei
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Japan’s missile defense is one-sided, lacks necessary elements

By Kosaka Tetsuro, Nikkei senior staff writer   The threat posed by Chinese and North Korean missiles is increasing. There are new types of missiles that are difficult to intercept and attack methods in which many missiles are launched at once. Japan is entering a preparatory period for deploying multilayered defense against missile attacks and in this way protecting the….Read more

  • November 9, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 2
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Taiwan threat tears down silos at Japan’s Self-Defense Forces

JUNNOSUKE KOBARA, Nikkei security affairs editor   TOKYO — The ground, maritime and air components of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces have traditionally been siloed. There is rarely any swap of personnel between them and when they do come together for a meeting at the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo’s Ichigaya district, they attend in their respective uniforms.   They use different lingo.….Read more

  • November 14, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 1:40 a.m.
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Transport firms in GSDF drill to defend Japan fret over a real crisis

Transport companies supporting the Ground Self-Defense Force in a drill simulating a military crisis such as an attack on Japan say they would be uneasy doing so in the event of an actual emergency.   “We just have accepted logistics tasks offered to us,” one ferry company involved in the drill said. “We have no idea how much we could….Read more

  • November 12, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:55 p.m.
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Japan to set up second space operations unit in Yamaguchi 

NHK and TBS reported that Defense Minister Kishi told SDF personnel on Sunday that Japan will set up a second space operations unit at Hofu Kita Air Base in Yamaguchi Prefecture in fiscal 2022. NHK noted that this move follows the establishment of Japan’s first space operations unit in Fuchu, Tokyo. According to the network, the second unit will comprise about 20 personnel and be tasked with monitoring threats to Japanese satellites using a space surveillance….Read more

  • November 15, 2021
  • , NHK, TBS
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