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SDF used alternate transportation method in Okinawa due to refusal by ferry crew

Yomiuri wrote that the GSDF was forced to use alternate methods to transport equipment and personnel from the main island of Okinawa to Ishigaki and other islands in Okinawa in response to North Korea’s announcement of a missile launch in February this year because the union for crew members of a pre-chartered ferry refused to operate the ship on the….Read more

  • September 6, 2016
  • , Yomiuri
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Cartoon: SDF’s new mission

  • August 28, 2016
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 9
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Live firing drill opened to public

Several papers reported on a GSDF exercise held in Shizuoka yesterday, noting that some 27,000 people, including Defense Minister Inada, observed the event, which was opened to the public and the media. One of simulated drills involved an integrated operation by the three SDF branches to recapture a remote island occupied by an enemy. According to Tokyo Shimbun, although unlike….Read more

  • August 29, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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Japan defense forces train to retake island

TOKYO — The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s annual large-scale live fire drill Sunday near Mount Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture imagined combined air, sea and land forces retaking a remote island captured by an enemy, an exercise that appeared to have recent Chinese activity around the disputed Senkaku Islands in mind.   About 27,000 people watched the maneuvers, including Defense Minister Tomomi Inada.   The location was regarded as….Read more

  • August 29, 2016
  • , Nikkei Asian Review , 3:51 a.m.
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SDF to launch exercises for “kaketsuke-keigo”

The government announced on Aug. 24 that it will have the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) conduct successive exercies based on security legislation. The legislation, which came into existence last September and went into force in March this year, will be gradually implemented. A Ground Self-Defense Force unit that will deploy to South Sudan in mid-September or later to participate in the UN peacekeeping operation (PKO) will conduct exercises….Read more

  • August 25, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 3
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DM Inada says SDF to hold exercise for rescue of foreign troops starting Aug. 25

NTV reported at noon that Defense Minister Inada announced this morning that the SDF will hold an exercise for the rescue of foreign troops and defense of SDF camps overseas in cooperation with foreign troops starting on Aug. 25 based on the new security legislation that took effect in March. The network said the exercise, the first of its kind,….Read more

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Japan to conduct railgun development

The Sankei Shimbun learned on August 21 that the government has decided to actively conduct its own research and development of an electromagnetic railgun, the new weapon currently being developed by the U.S. Navy. The administration intends to incorporate the development cost into the defense ministry’s budgetary request for the FY2017 draft budget. Since the U.S. government regards the railgun as a key revolutionary….Read more

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SDF to start evacuation exercises at Djibouti base from Aug. 23

The Ministry of Defense (MOD) announced on Aug. 22 that it will launch exercises for evacuating Japanese nationals overseas on Aug. 23, using the Self-Defense Forces base in Djibouti, located in eastern Africa, where the security situation has deteriorated.   According to MOD, this is the first time for such exercises to be conducted. The government had at one point looked into….Read more

  • August 23, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 4
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Japan to upgrade F-15s

Sunday’s Nikkei reported on a Defense Ministry plan to upgrade Japan’s existing F-15s in order to respond to aerial provocations by the Chinese over the East China Sea. The number of air-to-air missiles carried by the fighter jets will be doubled to 16 and their wings will be overhauled to improve their durability. Because Japan’s F-35s will not be deployed….Read more

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Japan to deploy surface-to-air missiles on Nansei Islands

Monday’s Yomiuri wrote that the GOJ has decided to deploy upgraded surface-to-air missiles on the Nansei Islands to enhance Japan’s air defense over the Senkakus and other remote islands. The GOJ plans to earmark 17.7 billion yen in the FY2017 budget for the project with the goal of deploying the missiles around 2021.

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