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Defense Ministry to operate satellites, launch SDF space surveillance unit

(Sentaku: December 2015 – p. 98)    The Ministry of Defense (MOD) will start operating its own satellites and launch a specialized Air SDF space surveillance unit in December. Officially, these steps are being taken to “strengthen the SDF’s communication capability” and “prevent space debris collisions,” but in reality, they are meant to counteract China, which is moving ahead with….Read more

  • 2015-12-03 15:00:00
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SDF expanding aid to foreign militaries to strengthen bilateral defense cooperation

(Asahi: December 1, 2015 – p. 4)    Japan’s Self-Defense Forces are expanding aid to help foreign militaries improve their capabilities and strengthen bilateral cooperation. The capacity-building assistance program is mainly targeted to Southeast Asian countries. Though it is limited to fields that are not directly linked to acts of combat, how much it should be expanded may become an….Read more

  • 2015-12-01 15:00:00
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SDF casualties becoming real possibility in fight against IS under security laws

(Shukan Asahi: December 4, 2015 – pp. 18-21)    By Hiroshi Kamei, Yukifumi Nishioka    France has called for the “extinction” of the Islamic State (IS) after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. In light of the international encirclement of the IS, it is very likely that Japan will be called upon to play a role.    Kyoji Yanagisawa, former….Read more

  • 2015-11-30 15:00:00
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Government mulls exporting used MSDF planes to Philippines

(Asahi: November 25, 2015 – p. 4)    By Isamu Nikaido    The government is looking into exporting training aircraft previously used by the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) to the Philippines, a government official involved in the matter disclosed. Last year the Abe administration repealed Japan’s three principles regarding arms exports and decided to introduce the new Three Principles on….Read more

  • 2015-11-27 15:00:00
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Editorial: SDF not the only option for dealing with South China Sea issue

(Tokyo Shimbun: November 21, 2015 – p. 5)    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that the deployment of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to the South China Sea will be considered. Although China’s building of artificial islands, which impede freedom of navigation, is unacceptable, a solution should be found through diplomatic negotiations. SDF deployment must not be the only option.….Read more

  • 2015-11-24 15:00:00
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Abe to consider SDF operations in South China Sea

(Asahi: November 20, 2015 – p. 3)    By Jun Okudera in Manila; Kotaro Ono    At their summit meeting in Manila on Nov. 19, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to cooperate more closely with regard to the South China Sea, where China is building artificial islands. While the dispatch of Self-Defense Force (SDF) ships….Read more

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SDF, U.S. Forces moving to integrate operations on global scale

(Akahata: November 17, 2015 – p. 2)    While Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. forces are integrating their command operations through the Alliance Coordination Mechanism (ACM), Japan has been dispatching SDF staff to U.S. commands overseas, facilitating the integration of the two units on a global scale. The move is aimed at establishing common understanding of developments in advance,….Read more

  • 2015-11-18 15:00:00
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PM Abe sees SDF deployment to South China Sea as an “option”

(Tokyo Shimbun: November 12, 2015 – p. 2)     Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other ministers attended an adjournment inspection session of the House of Councillors Budget Committee on November 11. Regarding the possibility of the deployment the Self Defense Forces (SDF) to the South China Sea for joint exercises or warning and surveillance activities with the U.S. military,….Read more

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Ralph Cossa says SDF doesn’t need to participate in freedom of navigation operations

(Chunichi Shimbun: November 11, 2015, Evening edition – p. 2)    Interview with Ralph Cossa, president of the Pacific Forum CSIS    Q: Some say that the Obama administration’s decision [regarding the “freedom of navigation” operations] was too late.    A: The “freedom of navigation” operations involve both warships and surveillance planes. About five months before the U.S. deployed the….Read more

  • 2015-11-12 15:00:00
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CCS Suga says SDF deployment in South China Sea may be considered in the future

(Sankei: November 6, 2015 – p. 2)    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga stated at a news conference on Nov. 5 that “the activities of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in the South China Sea are an issue to be considered in the future while paying close attention to impact on Japan’s security.” He thus indicated that the deployment of the….Read more

  • 2015-11-06 15:00:00
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