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New organization to be established to supervise new SDF missions

During the extraordinary Diet session that convened on Sept. 26, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito plan to establish a new organization that will monitor and verify the new missions assigned to the Self Defense Force under the security legislation. The government is considering assigning to the SDF unit scheduled to engage in the UN Peace Keeping Operation in South Sudan….Read more

  • September 26, 2016
  • , Nikkei , p. 2
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GOJ to submit to Diet bill to approve updated ACSA with U.S.

Saturday morning’s Yomiuri wrote that the GOJ decided on Sept. 23 to submit a bill to approve the updated Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement with the U.S. to the extraordinary Diet session to be convened on Sept. 26. Following Japan’s enforcement of the new security laws in March, the new agreement will allow Japan to provide the U.S. with logistical support,….Read more

  • September 24, 2016
  • , Yomiuri
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Japan-bound F-35A unveiled

Sunday’s Sankei front-paged a report on an unveiling ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth plant in Texas on Sept. 23 for the first F-35A to be deployed by the ASDF. Japan plans to deploy a total of 42 F-35As at the ASDF’s Misawa Base from 2018 through 2024 to replace its aging F-4s. State Minister of Defense Wakamiya said at….Read more

  • September 25, 2016
  • , Sankei
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More SDF personnel to be trained in life-saving field medicine

The Defense Ministry said Wednesday it will train Self-Defense Forces personnel to perform life-saving medical procedures, apparently in response to concerns that the SDF’s expanded overseas role under new security laws could put Japanese troops at greater risk of being wounded.   But the ministry said the move is aimed at the SDF’s domestic operations and has no relation to….Read more

  • September 21, 2016
  • , Kyodo , 9:21 p.m.
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Interview with top uniformed officer Kawano one year after security laws

September 19 will mark the one-year anniversary of the enactment of the security laws that allow Japan’s Self Defense Force to exert the right of collective self-defense among other missions. The environment surrounding Japan is increasingly tense due to both Chinese intrusion into contiguous waters around Okinawa’s Senkaku Islands and North Korean nuclear tests. Nikkei interviewed SDF Chief of Staff,….Read more

  • September 18, 2016
  • , Nikkei , p. 10
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Japan to boost ballistic missile defense

Asahi wrote that the GOJ is considering boosting Japan’s ballistic missile defense, including deploying a THAAD system, in response to the escalation of North Korea’s nuclear tests and missile launches. Defense Minister Inada stated at a news conference on Tuesday that the importance of missile defense has been growing in view of recent acts by North Korea and it is….Read more

  • September 21, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 4
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Special SDF unit bound for Africa to be tasked with defending foreign troops

Tuesday evening’s Asahi front-paged a GSDF plan to create within an engineering brigade scheduled to depart for South Sudan on a UN peacekeeping mission in the autumn a special taskforce charged with going to the defense of foreign troops in the event that they come under attack. The 50-member “quick response force” made up of armed soldiers, medical personnel, and….Read more

  • September 20, 2016
  • , Asahi evening edition
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Still wrinkles in security laws

Monday marked one year since the passage of the security-related legislation that significantly broadened the scope and content of activities the Self-Defense Forces can conduct. However, at a time when the security situation surrounding Japan is increasingly severe — with North Korea’s nuclear and missile development, and China’s assertive maritime advances — many issues regarding the laws remain unresolved.  ….Read more

  • September 19, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 8:10 p.m.
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Editorial: Hold realistic debate on security legislation

Sept. 19 marks the first anniversary of the enactment of the security-related legislation that has opened the way for Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense in a limited way.   There have been drastic changes in the international situation surrounding Japan over the past year alone. North Korea conducted two nuclear tests and repeatedly launched missiles under the….Read more

  • September 19, 2016
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