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Editorial: Security laws vital foundations for dealing with various threats

Monday marks one year since security-related legislation was enacted.   At a time when the security situation in Asia is becoming more unstable, we hope the proper application of these security-related laws will strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance and make Japan’s security more certain.   North Korea is repeatedly conducting nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches. China is continuing its self-righteous….Read more

  • September 19, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 7:27 p.m.
  • English Press

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GSDF troops receiving full-fledged training for new missions

At a press conference on Sept. 15, General Toshiya Okabe, chief of staff of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF), indicated that training has been beefed up for new missions to be assigned under the security-related legislation. The new missions include joint protection of billeting and rescue missions [kaketsuke-keigo]. General Okabe said, “Troops are engaging in drills and other training.”….Read more

  • September 16, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 30
  • JMH Translation

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Commentary: Japan can only rely on U.S. due to inability to attack DPRK military bases

North Korea’s nuclear missiles are becoming serious threats to Japan following the DPRK’s fifth nuclear test. In its analysis, the Japanese government recognizes the possibility that North Korea has successfully miniaturized nuclear warheads to fit on ballistic missiles. If North Korea’s

  • September 11, 2016
  • , Sankei , p. 1
  • JMH Translation

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Abe urges senior SDF officers to abandon male chauvinism

Sankei wrote that in yesterday’s remarks delivered to high-ranking SDF officials at the Defense Ministry, PM Abe criticized the absence of females among the top brass. “The highest hurdle is the organization’s deep-seated, male-centered work style,” he said. “This must be changed completely.” Pointing out that there are many female generals and admirals in the U.S. and European militaries, Abe….Read more

  • September 13, 2016
  • , Sankei
  • JMH Summary

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Japan faces difficulties enhancing missile defense

 

  • September 7, 2016
  • , Sankei , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

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F-35 deployment to Japan to begin in 2017

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U.S.-Japan joint command post exercise to be held this winter

Saturday morning’s Mainichi wrote that the GSDF plans to hold a joint command post exercise called Yamasakura with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps from Nov. 30 through Dec. 13 in Kumamoto Prefecture. The paper projected that the exercise will probably reflect the greater security role that the SDF is expected to play under the new security legislation.

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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
  • JMH Translation

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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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