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DPJ President Okada says it is unnecessary for the SDF to respond to missile attack on U.S.

(Sankei: June 27, 2015 – p. 5)    Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) President Katsuya Okada actually has taken the view that even if North Korea fires a ballistic missile, aiming at U.S. territory such as Guam, there is no need for the Self-Defense Forces to take action. In this regard, Okada said at a press conference on June 26:….Read more

  • 2015-06-29 15:00:00
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Chief of Joint Staff committed to reforming SDF to respond to changing security environment

(Themis: June 2015 – p. 32-33)    Katsutoshi Kawano, chief of staff, joint staff, is committed to turning Japan’s Self-Defense Forces into a “quick response unit” to better respond to the changing security environment surrounding Japan both at home and abroad.    Kawano commands 230,000 SDF personnel and was appointed Japan’s top-ranking SDF official in October 2014. On April 20,….Read more

  • 2015-06-10 15:00:00
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UH committee approves a bill to remove civilian official supremacy over SDF personnel

(Asahi: June 10, 2015 – p. 4)    A bill to revise the Act for Establishment of the Ministry of Defense was endorsed with a majority vote from the Liberal Democratic Party, the Komeito Party, the Japan Innovation Party and several others at the Upper House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense on June 9.    The revisions include removing….Read more

  • 2015-06-10 15:00:00
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Favorable treatment to be given to companies hiring SDF reservists

(Sankei: June 10, 2015 – Top play)    It was learned on June 9 that the Defense Ministry will introduce a bidding system in which companies hiring Self-Defense Forces (SDF) reservists to be mobilized as support personnel for emergency situations such as disasters will favorably be treated in bids for construction contracts solicited by the ministry. The new system will….Read more

  • 2015-06-10 15:00:00
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Simulation of SDF logistical support for U.S. forces in a critical sea lane

(Yomiuri: June 9, 2015 – p. 4)    China’s construction of a military base in the South China Sea has given rise to heightened tension with its neighbors. U.S. forces have stepped up their involvement through surveillance and reconnaissance. There is concern that this situation may result in an accidental conflict.    [Simulation]    Civilian fishing boats of country B….Read more

  • 2015-06-09 15:00:00
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MSDF, Philippine navy to hold joint training in South China Sea

(Sankei: June 9, 2015 – p. 5)    The Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) will hold joint training with the Philippine navy on June 23-24 in the South China Sea, sources informed Sankei yesterday. The joint training is for disaster-relief activities. The MSDF’s P-3C surveillance aircraft and a Philippine navy vessel and aircraft will participate in the training. Although the MSDF….Read more

  • 2015-06-09 15:00:00
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First nighttime Osprey training at GSDF Higashi-Fuji training range

(Akahata: June 6, 2015 – p. 4)    U.S. Marine Corps’ MV-22 Osprey aircraft conducted nighttime training drills at the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Higashi-Fuji training range (in the cities of Gotenba and Susono, Oyama town) in Shizuoka Prefecture for the first time on June 4. It was the first training since the crash of the Osprey on May 18 in….Read more

  • 2015-06-08 15:00:00
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Former GSDF official may have leaked intelligence to Russia

(Sankei: June 7, 2015 – Top play)    The Tokyo Metropolitan Police has conducted a house search for a former senior Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) official and questioned him on suspicion of communicating with Russian Embassy officials who are alleged to be involved in intelligence activity, an informed source revealed on June 6. The Public Security Bureau in the Tokyo….Read more

  • 2015-06-08 15:00:00
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GSDF general headquarters to be created by FY2017

(Yomiuri: June 7, 2015 – p. 4)    The Ministry of Defense will create a Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) general headquarters at Camp Asaka (straddling Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture) by the end of FY2017 for integrated command and control of all GSDF units. This headquarters will have a staff of several hundred. This will mean that following the examples of….Read more

  • 2015-06-08 15:00:00
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Simulation of SDF minesweeping mission as exception to ban on overseas deployment

(Yomiuri: June 3, 2015 – p. 4)    The Diet is currently engaged in a heated debate on the security bills. Following is a simulation of how the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) will act in a particular “situation” under these bills:    The U.S. slaps sanctions on country X in the Middle East that continues to develop nuclear weapons. In retaliation,….Read more

  • 2015-06-03 15:00:00
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