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Gov’t mulls adding rescue missions to SDF duties in S. Sudan after security bill passage

(Mainichi: July 29, 2015 – Top play)    The government has begun considering adding rescue missions to the duties of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) participating in UN peacekeeping operations (PKO) in South Sudan. It is also thinking of increasing personnel in the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) headquarters. This was revealed by several government sources. The….Read more

  • 2015-07-29 15:00:00
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Fuji Heavy Industries to develop GSDF helicopter

(Nikkei: July 18, 2015 – p.4)    The Ministry of Defense announced on July 17 its selection of Fuji Heavy Industries as the developer of the Utility Helicopter-X (UHX) for the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) Kawasaki Heavy Industries also participated in the selection process but the ministry decided that Fuji is better than Kawasaki in development period and price. Fuji….Read more

  • 2015-07-22 15:00:00
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MSDF best in the world in minesweeping

(Sankei: July 14, 2015 – p.5)    The Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) has been conducting minesweeping training at Iwo Jima Island since 1972, but “this training has never been open to the public,” according to a source connected to the MSDF. Access to the island is strictly controlled, and even people who lost family members in the battle there can’t….Read more

  • 2015-07-14 15:00:00
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Miyakojima City council adopts petition calling for GSDF deployment

(Yomiuri: July 9, 2015 – p. 4)    The Miyakojima City council in Okinawa Prefecture adopted by a majority on July 8 a petition calling for the early deployment of Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) personnel. Mayor Toshihiko Shimoji said: “I respect the decision made by the council,” indicating that he intends to accept the deployment of GSDF troops. After receiving….Read more

  • 2015-07-09 15:00:00
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GSDF joins U.S.-Australia military exercise

(Nikkei: July 8, 2015 – p. 4)    By Kaori Takahashi    SYDNEY – The U.S. and Australian forces kicked off a joint exercise, Talisman Sabre, in waters off Darwin on July 7. Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) participated for the first time in Talisman Sabre.

  • 2015-07-08 15:00:00
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Gov’t extends MSDF anti-piracy operations off Somalia by additional year

(Mainichi: July 8, 2015 – p. 5)    The government is to extend a period of counter-piracy operations that the Maritime Self-Defense Force currently conducts in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia by another year, the cabinet and the National Security Council decided on July 7.    “The threat from pirates still lingers,” said Defense Minister Gen Nakatani at a….Read more

  • 2015-07-08 15:00:00
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DM Nakatani says SDF air tankers may refuel foreign fighters

(Mainichi: July 2, 2015 – p. 2)    Defense Minister Gen Nakatani stated at the House of Representatives special committee on the peace and security-related bills on July 1 that air tankers of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) may refuel fighters of the U.S. and other foreign forces as part of logistic support for other countries under the security bills. He….Read more

  • 2015-07-02 15:00:00
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SDF hopes to take over Henoko base in the future; Okinawa, USG want to keep Futenma base

(Sentaku: July 2015 – pp. 100-101)    Despite the worsening conflict between the Abe administration and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga over the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago City on the surface, the real motives of the parties involved are not actually what they appear to be.    The Self-Defense Forces (SDF) envisions using the new Henoko….Read more

  • 2015-07-02 15:00:00
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DPJ President Okada says it is unnecessary for the SDF to respond to missile attack on U.S.

(Sankei: June 27, 2015 – p. 5)    Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) President Katsuya Okada actually has taken the view that even if North Korea fires a ballistic missile, aiming at U.S. territory such as Guam, there is no need for the Self-Defense Forces to take action. In this regard, Okada said at a press conference on June 26:….Read more

  • 2015-06-29 15:00:00
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UH committee approves a bill to remove civilian official supremacy over SDF personnel

(Asahi: June 10, 2015 – p. 4)    A bill to revise the Act for Establishment of the Ministry of Defense was endorsed with a majority vote from the Liberal Democratic Party, the Komeito Party, the Japan Innovation Party and several others at the Upper House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense on June 9.    The revisions include removing….Read more

  • 2015-06-10 15:00:00
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