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MOD to build new submarine

Sunday’s Sankei wrote that the Defense Ministry plans to allocate some 76 billion yen in the FY2017 budget to build a new submarine to succeed the Soryu-class attack submarine, which is said to be the most advanced conventional submarine in the world. While mentioning the separate plan by the ministry to upgrade an ASDF wing based in Naha, Okinawa, the….Read more

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PKO in South Sudan may become point of contention at autumn Diet session

Saturday morning’s Nikkei wrote that concern is mounting about ongoing SDF peacekeeping operations in South Sudan on account of continued conflict there. Although the Defense Ministry has stressed that stability is gradually being restored, some Japanese politicians are concerned about the efficacy of the ceasefire accord between the warring parties because the SDF mission is premised upon it. As the….Read more

  • August 20, 2016
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MOD to submit largest budget request ever

Sankei front-paged a plan by the Defense Ministry to submit to the Finance Ministry its budget request for FY2017, noting that it will seek R&D funding for a new surface-to-ship missile with a maximum range of 300 kilometers with the goal of deterring provocations and aggression in the vicinity of the Senkakus. Noting that the ministry is also expected to….Read more

  • August 19, 2016
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Rapid rescue of foreign troops to be added as GSDF mission

The government plans to add “rushing to the aid of foreign troops” as an additional mission of the Ground-Self Defense Force (GSDF) units, which are scheduled to deploy to South Sudan in November to participate in the UN peacekeeping operations (PKO). The Defense Ministry intends to accelerate preparation for the deployment by providing the replacement units with the necessary training….Read more

  • August 18, 2016
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SDF in South Sudan impacted by local instability

“Five principles” must be fulfilled in accordance with Constitutional restrictions in order for the Japanese Self-Defense Force (SDF) to participate in a peace keeping operation (PKO). The principles include the existence of a peace agreement among involved parties as a condition for participation in the operation.   Currently, roughly 350 SDF personnel are engaging in the PKO in South Sudan,….Read more

  • August 14, 2016
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Japan issues intercept order for potential North Korean missile launches

All papers wrote that the GOJ issued an order on Aug. 8 for the SDF to shoot down any projectile heading toward Japan in preparation for potential North Korean missile launches in the future. The order will be effective for the next three months and is renewable. The order, which was issued by Defense Minister Inada, is intended to ensure….Read more

  • August 9, 2016
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GOJ to arrange training for SDF personnel to come to defense of those in peril abroad

Several papers wrote today that the GOJ is set to arrange training drills starting this month for SDF troops bound for South Sudan in November on UN peacekeeping missions so as to allow them to come to the defense of UN officials, private aid workers, and foreign troops if they are attacked by insurgents. Noting that such operations are now….Read more

  • August 7, 2016
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SDF unit in Juba resumes activities outside facility

The Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday that an engineering unit of the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) has resumed activities outside its facility in South Sudan. The unit, which is taking part in United Nation’s Peacekeeping Operations (PKO), began road maintenance work at the UN base 6.5 km away from the SDF facility in Juba.   After July 7, the….Read more

  • August 3, 2016
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Editorial: Is SDF’s joint defense of on-site camps constitutional?

With the enactment of the security laws, the restriction on the use of firearms was eased for the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) currently deploying to South Sudan to participate in the UN peacekeeping operations (PKO).   In order to help South Sudan become self-reliant, the government dispatched the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) to the country to participate in the PKO, beginning….Read more

  • July 24, 2016
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First F-35 to be delivered in October

Saturday morning’s Asahi reported that ASDF chief Sugiyama disclosed at a press briefing on Friday that the first Lockheed Martin F-35, which was chosen as the ASDF’s next-generation fighter, will be delivered to Japan in October. According to the ASDF, Japan will introduce 42 F-35s to replace its F-4s, and four of them are scheduled for delivery during the current….Read more

  • July 23, 2016
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