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Miyakojima mayor expresses intention to host GSDF unit

Nikkei wrote that Mayor Shimoji of the city of Miyakojima, Okinawa Prefecture, expressed his intention during a city assembly session on June 20 to accept a GOJ plan to deploy a GSDF unit on the island to enhance the defense of the Nansei Islands. The mayor reportedly said the threats posed by China and North Korea are increasing and he….Read more

  • June 21, 2016
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Okabe to serve as GSDF chief of staff

The government decided on June 17 at a cabinet meeting to appoint Lt. Gen. Toshiya Okabe, 57, commander of the Northern Army of the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF), to replace Gen. Kiyofumi Iwata, GSDF chief of staff, 59, who will step down. Okabe’s appointment will be announced on July 1.   Toshiya Okabe joined the GSDF in 1981 after graduating….Read more

  • June 18, 2016
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LDP calls for strengthening SDF response to China’s intrusion into waters near Senkakus

On June 16 at a joint meeting of its National Defense Division and other divisions, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) drew up a resolution calling for the government to take measures to respond to the passage of a Chinese warship through the contiguous waters off the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture. The resolution urges the government to lodge a….Read more

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MSDF to participate in RIMPAC exercise

Mainichi reported on an MSDF announcement on Tuesday that it will participate in the Rim of the Pacific exercise scheduled to take place around the Hawaiian Islands from June 30 through August 4.

  • June 8, 2016
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

U.S. scholar James Auer gives speech on Japan-U.S. alliance, Obama’s Hiroshima visit

Vanderbilt University Professor Emeritus James Auer gave a speech at the Rihga Royal Hotel in Kita-ku, Osaka, on June 6 to commemorate his receiving the Fuji-Sankei Group’s 31st Seiron Award.   Auer spoke on “The Japan-U.S. Alliance in a Rapidly Changing East Asian Situation” to an audience of some 550 people. He cited the example of joint Japan-U.S. surveillance of….Read more

POLITICS

Kantei increasingly dominates National Security Council

Two years and six months have passed since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spearheaded the creation of the National Security Council (NSC) to serve as the control tower of foreign and security policies. The Kantei (Prime Minister’s Official Residence) has increased its influence in the council during this time, and the NSC has come to play a more important role in….Read more

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Launch of SDF communication satellite may be postponed due to damage in transport

The Ministry of Defense announced on Monday it might postpone the launch of an X-band communication satellite for use by the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) because the satellite may have been damaged during transport.   When launched, the satellite will be Japan’s first official military communication satellite. The ministry plans to use the satellite’s high-speed, high-volume communication capability to provide better….Read more

  • June 2, 2016
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Gov’t rescinds order to intercept missiles

On June 2, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani rescinded the order to intercept ballistic missiles, which had been issued in response to a possible North Korean missile launch. Following the rescindment, the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) began withdrawing the Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC3) system, a surface-to-air missile system, set up at the Defense Ministry in Ichigaya, Tokyo, and other places.  ….Read more

  • June 3, 2016
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Obama stresses “strong Japan-U.S. alliance” in speech on Iwakuni base, May 27

During his recent visit to Japan, President Barack Obama also stopped over at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture on his way to ground zero in Hiroshima. He made a speech there emphasizing a “strong Japan-U.S. alliance.”

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Defense Ministry to move up schedule for GSDF deployment to Ishigaki

On May 29, Sankei Shimbun learned that the Defense Ministry will move up the schedule for the deployment of a Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) unit to the island of Ishigaki by two years. Originally, the acquisition of land for a GSDF camp was scheduled to begin in 2019, but the ministry will now earmark about 10 billion yen for land….Read more

  • May 31, 2016
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