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Japan’s defense minister Inada to make first visit to South Sudan

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said Friday she will visit South Sudan on Saturday before Tokyo decides whether to continue sending Japan’s Self-Defense Forces on U.N. peacekeeping operations there and assign them to controversial new missions.   Inada had been forced to cancel a planned visit to the country in September, about a month after she assumed the ministerial post, due….Read more

  • October 7, 2016
  • , The Mainichi
  • English Press

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Top U.S., Japanese generals meet in Washington over N. Korea

SEOUL, Oct. 10, Kyodo — The top commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, Gen. Vincent Brooks, held a meeting with Gen. Toshiya Okabe, chief of staff of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force, in Washington last week to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation over North Korea’s military threats, U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement Monday.   The meeting on….Read more

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

The SDF’s changing image on silver screen

The Ministry of Defense and the Self-Defense Forces have a long history of cooperating in production of domestic movies, as seen in the recent popular “Shin-Godzilla.” The aim of cooperation is to promote public understanding of the SDF’s mission. While the ministry denies giving advice on movie scenarios, some say that these days the SDF is depicted as nearly an “ideal” force on….Read more

  • October 6, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 39
  • JMH Translation

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Gov’t to enable SDF to provide U.S. military with ammunition

In order to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance, Abe administration plans to submit a bill this month for Diet approval that revises the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) in accordance with the security laws. The ACSA revision will expand the scope of Japan’s logistic support for the U.S. military to include such actions as providing ammunition in areas defined in the past as….Read more

  • October 3, 2016
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 1
  • JMH Translation

SECURITY > Okinawa

Okinawa opposes SDF’s joint use of Northern Training Area with U.S. forces

It was learned on Oct. 4 that the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) has plans to use the U.S. forces’ Northern Training Area (NTA) for anti-guerilla warfare training.

  • October 5, 2016
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Cabinet decides SDF in South Sudan not expected to become POWs

The Abe Cabinet officially decided at a meeting held on Oct. 4 that if members of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) participating in the UN peacekeeping operations (PKO) in South Sudan were captured by armed groups, “they would not be expected to become prisoners of war (POWs) under the Geneva Convention.” The Cabinet prepared this written reply in response to a written….Read more

  • October 5, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

PM Abe defends SDF’s new PKO duty

During the basic interpellations on the second FY16 supplementary budget on Oct. 3, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed that Self-Defense Forces (SDF) members engaged in UN peacekeeping operations (PKO) “will be better able to keep their camps safe if they are allowed to act together (with the armed forces of other countries)” by taking up the new duty of “joint….Read more

  • October 4, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

SDF put in difficult position on mounting calls for women’s empowerment in military

Sunday’s Sankei wrote that reluctance remains strong within the SDF to PM Abe’s call for promoting more women in the belief that women’s empowerment could undermine operational effectiveness. In response to Abe’s strong criticism last month of the top SDF brass for “male chauvinism,” the SDF leadership is looking to reduce the scope of missions where women are currently prohibited….Read more

  • October 2, 2016
  • , Sankei
  • JMH Summary

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

UK’s fighter “Typhoon” to participate in joint exercise with SDF

A UK Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter Typhoon was displayed to the press at RAF Scampton Station in Middle England on Sept. 28. The aircraft is scheduled to participate in the first-ever Japan-UK joint exercise to be conducted in Japan. According to an official of the Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF), this is the first time for the SDF to conduct….Read more

  • September 30, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 9
  • JMH Translation

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Why are F-35s being deployed to Misawa instead of Okinawa?

TV Asahi’s “Hodo Station” aired an eight-minute report on Japan’s plan to deploy F-35s. During the rollout ceremony for the first F-35A in Texas on Sept. 22, ASDF Chief Of Staff Sugiyama said that Japan’s deployment of the aircraft will greatly contribute to the defense of Japan and regional security. China flew more than 40 aircraft over the Miyako Strait….Read more

  • September 26, 2016
  • , TVAsahi
  • JMH Summary
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