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GOJ to withdraw one MSDF ship deployed to Somalia

Sunday morning’s Asahi reported that the GOJ has decided to decrease from two to one the number of MSDF escort ships deployed in waters off Somalia for anti-piracy measures. The paper said the vessel that will be withdrawn from Somalia is expected to conduct warning and surveillance activities against a possible missile launch by North Korea. The paper said the….Read more

  • October 23, 2016
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Ex-SDF brass discuss China’s actions in East, South China Seas, North Korea, other issues

Following are the main points of a conversation by retired GSDF Lt. Gen. Noboru Yamaguchi, former head of the GSDF Research and Development Command; retired MSDF Vice Admiral Yoji Koda, former commander-in-chief of the Self-Defense Fleet; and retired ASDF Lt. Gen. Toshimichi Nagaiwa, former commander of the Air Support Command.   Nagaiwa: China toughened its stance drastically after the “nine-dash line,” which….Read more

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SDF chief Kawano considers using THAAD to defend Japan

Self-Defense Forces Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Katsutoshi Kawano was born in Kanagawa Prefecture and graduated from the National Defense Academy of Japan. He joined the Maritime Self-Defense Force in 1977. After serving as Vice Chief of Staff, Joint Staff; Commander in Chief of the Self Defense Fleet, and Chief of Staff, Maritime Self Defense Force, he assumed his current post….Read more

  • October 17, 2016
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Osprey to make preparatory flight to GSDF Kisarazu base

Monday’s Tokyo Shimbun front-paged a report saying that it has learned from a GOJ source that the governments of the U.S. and Japan are making arrangements for a Futenma-based Osprey to fly to the GSDF Kisarazu base in Chiba Prefecture, which is being considered as a maintenance site for the aircraft, in later this month. The mayor of Kizarazu and….Read more

  • October 17, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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Defense Ministry to request 200-300 billion yen for missile defense in supplementary budget

Monday’s Sankei front-paged a report saying that the Ministry of Defense is considering requesting 200 to 300 billion yen for missile defense in the third supplementary budget for fiscal 2016. The ministry will seek funds to procure equipment that will improve Japan’s missile defense capabilities, including the PAC-3 MSE, an improved version of the PAC-3 interceptor.

  • October 17, 2016
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Abe cabinet approves bill to seek Diet approval of updated ACSA

NHK reported this afternoon that following the signing of the new Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) between Japan and the U.S. last month, the GOJ endorsed at a cabinet meeting today a bill to seek Diet approval of the new treaty. The network said the new agreement will allow Japan to provide the U.S. with logistical support, including providing ammunition, even….Read more

  • October 14, 2016
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MSDF to move one ship from Somalia to Sea of Japan

NHK reported this afternoon that the Ministry of Defense is making final arrangements to send one of the two MSDF vessels currently stationed in waters off Somalia for anti-piracy measures to the Sea of Japan in order to strengthen surveillance against North Korea. The network added that the decision was based on the assessment that the number of piracy-related incidents in waters off….Read more

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Editorial: Deep debate needed to clarify new duties for SDF troops in S. Sudan

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada was recently in the South Sudanese capital of Juba to inspect the area and the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) unit taking part in a United Nations peacekeeping operation there. Based on her observations, the government is considering assigning “rush and rescue” and joint camp defense duties — both made possible by security-related laws passed last….Read more

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U.S. Ospreys to participate in GSDF parade

Tokyo Shimbun reported on the disclosure by GSDF Chief of Staff Okabe on Thursday that two USMC Ospreys will fly to GSDF Camp Asaka in Tokyo on Oct. 23 to participate in a military parade. The U.S. aircraft will reportedly conduct a “celebratory flight” upon the conclusion of the event. The purpose of the Osprey flight is to call attention….Read more

  • Ocotber 14, 2016
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Academic urges GOJ to stop “playing with semantics”

TBS “News 23” on Wednesday highlighted a recent parliamentary debate on South Sudan, during which PM Abe and DM Inada stressed the safety of the capital city of Juba where an SDF engineering division is currently engaged in UN peacekeeping operations. In view of the possibility of assigning the SDF troops the additional mission of going to the defense of foreign….Read more

  • October 12, 2016
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