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Behind-the-scenes exercises between SDF and U.S. forces increase local burden in Okinawa

(Okinawa Times: March 29, 2016 – p. 2)    Despite efforts by the past governments to ban the exercise of collective self-defense, the security legislation finally came into force on March 29, opening the door for Japan to engage in collective self-defense. This expands the scope of logistical support the Self-Defense Forces can extend to the U.S. military and accelerates….Read more

  • 2016-03-29 15:00:00
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GSDF personnel now make up 15% of Yonaguni Town’s population

(Okinawa Times: March 29, 2016 – p. 2)    In the town of Yonaguni, which had been divided over the deployment of Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) personnel on the island, a “Yonaguni coast observation unit” was formed on March 28. Concerned about the town’s population decline, many residents agreed to accept the GSDF unit. Yonaguni residents felt both anxious and….Read more

  • 2016-03-29 15:00:00
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Gov’t to consider having SDF take part in antiterrorism operations off Somalia

(Nikkei: March 23, 2016 – p. 4)    The government will consider having Japan take part in antiterrorism operations, focusing on the waters off Somalia, once the security legislation goes into effect on March 29 to allow the Self-Defense Forces to conduct ship inspections as part of efforts to ensure international peace and security. As the SDF has experience with….Read more

  • 2016-03-23 15:00:00
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SDF special forces deployed to South Sudan

(Akahata: March 17, 2016 – p. 2)    It has been revealed that nearly all units of the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) Central Readiness Force (CRF) specializing in overseas operations have been deployed to South Sudan in Africa as part of the SDF’s UN peacekeeping operations (PKO). State Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya disclosed this information in response to questions….Read more

  • 2016-03-17 15:00:00
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Authority for drafting operational plans to be partially transferred to SDF Joint Staff

(Mainichi: March 14, 2016 – p. 1)    The Defense Ministry announced on March 11 that as a result of reviewing procedures for formulating the SDF operational plans, some of the procedures will be transferred to the Joint Staff from the internal bureaus. Most of the Joint Staff are uniformed officers, whereas the internal bureaus are civilian bureaucrats. The transfer….Read more

  • 2016-03-14 15:00:00
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SDF, police, fire departments boost disaster readiness, cooperation with USFJ after 3/11

(Nikkei: March 12, 2016 – p. 4)    Learning lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the government has strengthened systems for responding to disasters in the past five years. The Self-Defense Forces (SDF), the police, and the fire departments have increased personnel for initial response to disasters. The development of unmanned vehicles to dispose of debris in a nuclear….Read more

  • 2016-03-14 15:00:00
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New “Jinryu” submarine bolsters MSDF fleet

(Sankei: March 8, 2016 – p. 5)    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries delivered a new “Jinryu” submarine to the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) on March 7. A delivery and flag presentation ceremony was held at the Mitsubishi’s Kobe shipyard in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture.    The Jinryu is the MSDF’s state-of-the-art and world’s largest conventionally powered submarine. With the new submarine….Read more

  • 2016-03-08 15:00:00
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GSDF CBRN defense units deploying to South Sudan

(Akahata: March 6, 2016 – Top Play)    The Defense Ministry admitted to Akahata, the newspaper of the Japanese Communist Party, that Ground Self-Defense Forces chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defense units are deploying to South Sudan as part of the UN peacekeeping operations (PKO). The CBRN units are specialized in responding to attacks by biological, chemical, radiological, and….Read more

  • 2016-03-07 15:00:00
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SDF law revisions cannot be completed before security laws take effect

(Asahi: February 27, 2016 – p. 4)    Defense Minister Gen Nakatani indicated at a news conference on Feb. 26 that the revision of legal provisions to expand the Self-Defense Forces’ duties will not be completed before the security laws take effect on Mar. 29. While the Abe administration had rushed the enactment of the security laws despite the opposition….Read more

  • 2016-02-29 15:00:00
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MOD bureaucrats, uniformed officials at odds on drafting SDF operational plan

(Tokyo Shimbun: February 22, 2016 – p. 2)    According to several Ministry of Defense (MOD) and Self-Defense Forces (SDF) sources, the MOD’s Joint Staff Office (JSO) dominated by uniformed SDF officers is demanding that the ministry’s internal bureaus headed by civilian officials give it a considerably greater say in drafting the SDF’s highest-level operational plan, which will fully reflect….Read more

  • 2016-02-22 15:00:00
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