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Gov’t to decide next month whether to assign new tasks to SDF personnel

The government has started making arrangements to make a decision on whether to assign new tasks, including kaketsuke-keigo rescue missions, to a Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) unit participating in the UN peacekeeping operations in South Sudan before the dispatch of the next GSDF unit around Nov. 20. About one year has passed since the enactment of the security legislation. The government….Read more

  • October 25, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 2
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SDF training for assisting aid workers disclosed to media

All papers reported extensively that the GSDF on Monday disclosed to the press a special drill for personnel bound for South Sudan on a UN peacekeeping mission to carry out operations to go to the defense of aid workers in the event that they come under attack. The training, which took place in Iwate Prefecture, did not involve the use….Read more

  • October 25, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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U.K. fighters arrive for drill with ASDF

MISAWA, Aomori (Jiji Press) — Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft of Britain arrived at the Misawa base in Aomori Prefecture on Saturday for a joint drill between the Air Self-Defense Force and the British military.   It will be the first time for the ASDF to conduct a joint drill in Japan with a country other than the United States, according….Read more

  • October 23, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 8:46 p.m.
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SDF to use helmet cams on missions

Following the enactment of the security-related laws that authorize Self-Defense Force members to carry out new duties such as rescue missions in South Sudan, the Defense Ministry plans to record images of the members’ activities as they conduct the new missions, according to sources.   The security-related laws have expanded the scope of SDF activities. However, in the event that….Read more

  • October 22, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 8:27 p.m.
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Osprey test flight to be carried out in Saga in early November

Sunday morning’s Asahi reported that in connection with the plan to deploy SDF Ospreys at Saga Airport, MOD Kyushu Defense Bureau announced on Friday that it will conduct an Osprey test flight in the vicinity of the airport on Nov. 8. The test flight will be carried out at the request of Saga Governor Yamaguchi, who was responding to a….Read more

  • October 23, 2016
  • , Asahi
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GOJ to withdraw one MSDF ship deployed to Somalia

Sunday morning’s Asahi reported that the GOJ has decided to decrease from two to one the number of MSDF escort ships deployed in waters off Somalia for anti-piracy measures. The paper said the vessel that will be withdrawn from Somalia is expected to conduct warning and surveillance activities against a possible missile launch by North Korea. The paper said the….Read more

  • October 23, 2016
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Ex-SDF brass discuss China’s actions in East, South China Seas, North Korea, other issues

Following are the main points of a conversation by retired GSDF Lt. Gen. Noboru Yamaguchi, former head of the GSDF Research and Development Command; retired MSDF Vice Admiral Yoji Koda, former commander-in-chief of the Self-Defense Fleet; and retired ASDF Lt. Gen. Toshimichi Nagaiwa, former commander of the Air Support Command.   Nagaiwa: China toughened its stance drastically after the “nine-dash line,” which….Read more

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SDF chief Kawano considers using THAAD to defend Japan

Self-Defense Forces Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Katsutoshi Kawano was born in Kanagawa Prefecture and graduated from the National Defense Academy of Japan. He joined the Maritime Self-Defense Force in 1977. After serving as Vice Chief of Staff, Joint Staff; Commander in Chief of the Self Defense Fleet, and Chief of Staff, Maritime Self Defense Force, he assumed his current post….Read more

  • October 17, 2016
  • , Sankei , p. 5
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Osprey to make preparatory flight to GSDF Kisarazu base

Monday’s Tokyo Shimbun front-paged a report saying that it has learned from a GOJ source that the governments of the U.S. and Japan are making arrangements for a Futenma-based Osprey to fly to the GSDF Kisarazu base in Chiba Prefecture, which is being considered as a maintenance site for the aircraft, in later this month. The mayor of Kizarazu and….Read more

  • October 17, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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Defense Ministry to request 200-300 billion yen for missile defense in supplementary budget

Monday’s Sankei front-paged a report saying that the Ministry of Defense is considering requesting 200 to 300 billion yen for missile defense in the third supplementary budget for fiscal 2016. The ministry will seek funds to procure equipment that will improve Japan’s missile defense capabilities, including the PAC-3 MSE, an improved version of the PAC-3 interceptor.

  • October 17, 2016
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