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Defense Ministry to launch first communications satellite

Most Saturday morning papers wrote that the Ministry of Defense announced on Friday that it will launch its first communications satellite from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on Jan. 24. The launch is part of the ministry’s efforts to promote integrated operations by the three branches of the SDF through a high-speed and high-capacity communications network. The ministry plans….Read more

  • November 26, 2016
  • , Mainichi
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

Defense Ministry’s communication network suffers cyberattack

Monday’s Sankei and Tokyo Shimbun wrote that they have learned from several sources connected to the Ministry of Defense that the ministry discovered in September that the defense information infrastructure jointly used by the ministry and the SDF had suffered a cyberattack through unauthorized access to computers at the National Defense Academy and the National Defense Medical Collage. Although the….Read more

  • November 28, 2016
  • , Sankei
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Top MSDF officer exerted pressure over selection of next helicopters

The Defense Ministry plans to reprimand Adm. Tomohisa Takei, chief of staff of the Maritime Self-Defense Force, for putting pressure on subordinates in the selection of next-generation utility helicopters, government sources said Thursday.   The rare admonishment of a top-ranking officer in Japan’s Self-Defense Forces follows a probe by a special unit under the defense minister based on whistle-blower information….Read more

  • November 25, 2016
  • , Kyodo News , 07:01
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

GSDF cyberattacked

A high-speed communication network with a large capacity – which constitutes the information infrastructure of the Defense Ministry and the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and interacts with SDF garrisons and bases – were cyberattacked, and the system of the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) were hacked, ministry sources revealed on Nov. 27. Although no detailed records on the attack are available, it….Read more

  • November 28, 2016
  • , Sankei , p. 27
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Tenure of Chief of Staff of Joint Staff Katsutoshi Kawano extended by six months

On Nov. 25, the Ministry of Defense officially announced its decision to extend for six months the term of Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, who heads the Self-Defense Forces. Kawano’s tenure will now end on May 27, 2017. The Chief of Staff is said to have many connections with the U.S. military and to be….Read more

  • November 26, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

SDF recruitment flyer calls Defense Minister Inada “not dependable”

Japan’s Self-Defense Forces have recalled recruitment flyers that said Defense Minister Tomomi Inada is “not dependable enough,” while highlighting her gender, an SDF provincial office said Friday.   The A4-size advertisement, made by a male SDF member at the office in Odate, Akita Prefecture, said, “Defense Minister Inada is not dependable enough, but we want a dependable person like you….Read more

  • November 25, 2016
  • , Kyodo News
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

Japanese Defense Ministry hit by cyberattack, info may have leaked

The Japanese Defense Ministry and the Self-Defense Forces discovered in September that their shared communication network had suffered a cyberattack that enabled a hacker to penetrate the Ground Self-Defense Force’s computer system, ministry sources said Sunday.   Some information may have been leaked in the incident, with an organized attacker such as a nation state strongly suspected, but the full….Read more

  • November 28, 2016
  • , Kyodo News
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

MSDF to downsize anti-piracy operations off Somalia

The Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) plans to downsize the unit currently deployed to waters off Somalia in eastern Africa to conduct anti-piracy operations. The MSDF has constantly deployed two destroyers to the area since 2009, but only one destroyer left Japan on Nov. 20 to replace the unit currently in operation. The downsizing is necessary because the MSDF requires more destroyers to respond to….Read more

  • November 22, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 3
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Majority opposed to “rush to the rescue” operations by SDF

Asahi front-paged the results of its latest public opinion poll showing that some 56% expressed opposition to the GOJ’s decision to allow SDF personnel in South Sudan to undertake “rush to the rescue” operations, while 28% were in favor of it.

  • November 22, 2016
  • , Asahi
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

New webpage created on Kantei website to explain GSDF’s new duties

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada issued an order on Nov. 18 assigning the new duties of “rushing to the rescue” and “joint defense of camps” to the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) troops to be sent to South Sudan for UN peacekeeping operations (PKO). In light of the uncertain security situation in South Sudan, the people are still concerned about these new….Read more

  • November 19, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 2
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