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Long-range missiles, drones to be part of Defense Ministry budget requests

Arming the nation at the earliest stage with long-range missiles and the prompt acquisition of drones are part of the Defense Ministry’s planned requests for the fiscal 2023 budget.   The equipment is expected to be the pillar of the government’s measures to drastically strengthen defense capabilities within five years.   The government has in mind standoff missiles that can….Read more

  • August 4, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 03:34 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Japan to provide Ukraine with SDF minivans

NHK took up a Defense Ministry announcement earlier in the day on Japan’s additional assistance for Ukraine, saying that several minivans owned by the SDF will be shipped there in response to a request from the Ukrainian government. As the vehicles will be used for transporting personnel and food, the ministry reportedly said they should not be regarded as military….Read more

  • August 4, 2022
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Japan’s loan balance exceeds annual budget for SDF equipment

The Self-Defense Forces (SDF) procure less than 20% of its equipment from overseas, with a majority coming from the U.S. As a result of purchasing equipment at the U.S.’s asking prices, the loan balance has begun to exceed the annual budget. Merely increasing the budget will neither end Japan’s dependence on the U.S. nor develop the domestic industry. Therefore, solutions….Read more

  • August 2, 2022
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U.S., Japan, ROK to conduct joint Pacific Dragon exercise off Hawaii

Mainichi and Nikkei reported that several South Korean media outlets reported on July 31 that the United States, Japan, and South Korea will jointly conduct a ballistic missile defense exercise called Pacific Dragon from Aug. 1 to 14 in waters off Hawaii. The paper said the drill is aimed at keeping North Korea in check as the nation continues to….Read more

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Japan to participate in joint military exercise between U.S., Indonesia for first time

Yomiuri and Nikkei reported that Garuda Shield, an annual joint military exercise between the United States and Indonesia, began in Indonesia on Monday. The papers said that the exercise will continue until Aug. 14 and that Japan, Australia, and Singapore will participate in it for the first time. Nikkei said the drill is aimed at strengthening multilateral partnership in light….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Tongan prime minister expresses gratitude for SDF’s aid after volcanic eruption

Saturday’s Sankei wrote that on Friday Defense Minister Kishi held a video conference with Prime Minister and Minister for Armed Forces Hu’akavameiliku of Tonga, which suffered a volcanic eruption and tsunami in January. Hu’akavameiliku expressed gratitude for Japan’s participation in international emergency relief activities during which the SDF provided drinking water, high-pressure washing machines, and other equipment.

  • July 30, 2022
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Chinese and Russian naval activities raise tensions around Tsugaru Strait

On July 23, the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) conducted an exercise on its minesweeper ship Chichijima in Mutsu Bay off Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture. The exercise involved destroying mines hypothetically laid by an enemy.   Mine warfare exercises are held almost every year in Mutsu Bay, where the sea is calm, and the SDF has built an understanding with local….Read more

  • July 29, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

U.S. approves sale of AIM-120C AMRAAM missiles to Japan

Tuesday evening’s Nikkei wrote that the United States government announced on Monday that it has approved the sale of AIM-120C-7/8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) to Japan at an estimated cost of $293 million and notified Congress of the approval. This morning’s Sankei ran a similar Kyodo story saying that the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement that….Read more

  • July 26, 2022
  • , Nikkei, Sankei evening edition
  • JMH Summary

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Why Japan chose to collaborate with the U.K. in development of the next-generation fighter aircraft

Collaborative development with the UK could be mutually beneficial   By Takahashi Kosuke, Special correspondent in Tokyo for Jane’s Defense Weekly   Japan has teamed up with the U.K. to start full-scale joint development of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s next-generation fighter aircraft, the “F-X.” In January 2022, IHI and Rolls-Royce, a major British aircraft engine manufacturer, began joint development….Read more

  • July 16, 2022
  • , Shukan Toyo Keizai , p. 60-61
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SDF must improve logistics and become a “fighting unit”

The SDF’s logistics, such as the supply and maintenance of equipment, is inadequate. If no steps are taken, the SDF will become a paper tiger.   By Futami Ryu Author, former GSDF major general   What lessons does the war in Ukraine offer for Japan, which faces a military threat from China? How should the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, and the….Read more

  • July 16, 2022
  • , Shukan Toyo Keizai , p. 52-53
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