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GSDF to deploy ninth contingent of troops to South Sudan for PKO

(Tokyo Shimbun: November 5, 2015 – p. 2)    The Self-Defense Forces’ Joint Staff, which is in charge of organizing joint operations by the Ground, Maritime, and Air Self-Defense Forces (SDF), announced on Nov. 4 that it will deploy the ninth GSDF civil engineering unit to South Sudan for United Nations peacekeeping operations (PKO). The GSDF will begin sending a….Read more

  • 2015-11-05 15:00:00
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GSDF Chief of Staff Iwata to become next Joint Chief of Staff

(Sentaku: November 2015 – p. 11)    In the personnel changes for the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) this summer, two generals of the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) who were regarded as candidates for the next GSDF Chief of Staff, voluntarily retired: Gen. Koichiro Bansho, the former Commanding General of Western Army, and Gen. Koichi Isobe, the former Commanding General of Eastern….Read more

  • 2015-11-04 15:00:00
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MSDF’s new “Sekiryu” submarine launched

(Sankei: November 3, 2015 – p. 21)    A launching ceremony for a state-of-the-art submarine of the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) was conducted on Nov. 2 at the Kobe shipyard of Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Chuo Ward, Kobe City. The submarine is called “Sekiryu.” The name “Sekiryu” signifies a sacred dragon that protects the southern region [in an Asian myth].….Read more

  • 2015-11-03 15:00:00
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Gov’t to earmark costs for GSDF Osprey deployment to Saga

(Sankei: October 31, 2015 – p. 1)    The government decided on Oct. 30 to include in the FY 2016 draft budget funds to cover the deployment to Saga Airport (Saga City) of the new transport aircraft Osprey that the Ground Self-Defense Force will procure. The government had withdrawn the plan to transfer the U.S. Marine Corps’ training on account….Read more

  • 2015-11-02 15:00:00
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How will the SDF become engaged in the situation in the South China Sea?

(Sankei: October 28, 2015 – p. 2)    The U.S. government deployed an Aegis destroyer to pass through waters within 12 nautical miles of the artificial islands in the South China Sea, which China claims sovereignty over. In response, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, “I would prefer not to comment on it,” at a press conference held on Oct….Read more

  • 2015-10-28 15:00:00
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Will SDF be involved in conflict by security laws?

(Tokyo Shimbun: October 24, 2015 – p. 25)    The security-related bills were passed in September. If the U.S. military sends warships to the Spratly Islands, what will be the impact on the Self-Defense Forces?    The SDF cannot take any concrete actions until the security laws become effective. But the laws will be put into force by the end….Read more

  • 2015-10-26 15:00:00
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Japan, ROK defense ministers differ on SDF deployment in North Korea

(Tokyo Shimbun: October 21, 2015 – p. 2)    By Kiyoshi Nakamura in Seoul    Defense Minister Gen Nakatani visited the ROK on Oct. 20 and met with his counterpart Han Min-koo. The two officials exchanged views on Japan’s security bills enacted in September. It turned out that the two sides have different views on the need for “request and….Read more

  • 2015-10-21 15:00:00
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Gov’t preparing to step up SDF roles

(Tokyo Shimbun: October 19, 2015 – p. 2)    The government began revising the codes of conduct concerning Self-Defense Forces’ units and their use of weapons to better perform their expanded roles following the enactment of the security legislation. It is also planning to review defense and security plans compiled by the SDF, and Japan-U.S. joint programs.    Rescue duty….Read more

  • 2015-10-19 15:00:00
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JCP to tolerate Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, SDF, USFJ in attempt to topple Abe administration

(Asahi: October 16, 2015 – p. 1)    By Norihisa Hoshino    Japanese Communist Party (JCP) Chairman Kazuo Shii held a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo on Oct. 15. He stated that if the “national coalition government” the JCP advocates is formed, his party will “carry on within the framework of the Japan-U.S. Security….Read more

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SDF’s rules on use of firearms to be reviewed

(Asahi: September 29, 2015 – p.3)    By Isamu Nikaido    In preparation for enacting new laws related to the security legislation, the Defense Ministry began on Sept. 28 reviewing the existing rules of engagement (ROE) including rules on the use of firearms so that the SDF can carry out additional missions such as exercising the right of collective self-defense.….Read more

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