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Gov’t extends MSDF anti-piracy operations off Somalia by additional year

(Mainichi: July 8, 2015 – p. 5)    The government is to extend a period of counter-piracy operations that the Maritime Self-Defense Force currently conducts in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia by another year, the cabinet and the National Security Council decided on July 7.    “The threat from pirates still lingers,” said Defense Minister Gen Nakatani at a….Read more

  • 2015-07-08 15:00:00
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SDF hopes to take over Henoko base in the future; Okinawa, USG want to keep Futenma base

(Sentaku: July 2015 – pp. 100-101)    Despite the worsening conflict between the Abe administration and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga over the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago City on the surface, the real motives of the parties involved are not actually what they appear to be.    The Self-Defense Forces (SDF) envisions using the new Henoko….Read more

  • 2015-07-02 15:00:00
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DM Nakatani says SDF air tankers may refuel foreign fighters

(Mainichi: July 2, 2015 – p. 2)    Defense Minister Gen Nakatani stated at the House of Representatives special committee on the peace and security-related bills on July 1 that air tankers of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) may refuel fighters of the U.S. and other foreign forces as part of logistic support for other countries under the security bills. He….Read more

  • 2015-07-02 15:00:00
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DPJ President Okada says it is unnecessary for the SDF to respond to missile attack on U.S.

(Sankei: June 27, 2015 – p. 5)    Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) President Katsuya Okada actually has taken the view that even if North Korea fires a ballistic missile, aiming at U.S. territory such as Guam, there is no need for the Self-Defense Forces to take action. In this regard, Okada said at a press conference on June 26:….Read more

  • 2015-06-29 15:00:00
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UH committee approves a bill to remove civilian official supremacy over SDF personnel

(Asahi: June 10, 2015 – p. 4)    A bill to revise the Act for Establishment of the Ministry of Defense was endorsed with a majority vote from the Liberal Democratic Party, the Komeito Party, the Japan Innovation Party and several others at the Upper House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense on June 9.    The revisions include removing….Read more

  • 2015-06-10 15:00:00
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Favorable treatment to be given to companies hiring SDF reservists

(Sankei: June 10, 2015 – Top play)    It was learned on June 9 that the Defense Ministry will introduce a bidding system in which companies hiring Self-Defense Forces (SDF) reservists to be mobilized as support personnel for emergency situations such as disasters will favorably be treated in bids for construction contracts solicited by the ministry. The new system will….Read more

  • 2015-06-10 15:00:00
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Chief of Joint Staff committed to reforming SDF to respond to changing security environment

(Themis: June 2015 – p. 32-33)    Katsutoshi Kawano, chief of staff, joint staff, is committed to turning Japan’s Self-Defense Forces into a “quick response unit” to better respond to the changing security environment surrounding Japan both at home and abroad.    Kawano commands 230,000 SDF personnel and was appointed Japan’s top-ranking SDF official in October 2014. On April 20,….Read more

  • 2015-06-10 15:00:00
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Simulation of SDF logistical support for U.S. forces in a critical sea lane

(Yomiuri: June 9, 2015 – p. 4)    China’s construction of a military base in the South China Sea has given rise to heightened tension with its neighbors. U.S. forces have stepped up their involvement through surveillance and reconnaissance. There is concern that this situation may result in an accidental conflict.    [Simulation]    Civilian fishing boats of country B….Read more

  • 2015-06-09 15:00:00
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MSDF, Philippine navy to hold joint training in South China Sea

(Sankei: June 9, 2015 – p. 5)    The Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) will hold joint training with the Philippine navy on June 23-24 in the South China Sea, sources informed Sankei yesterday. The joint training is for disaster-relief activities. The MSDF’s P-3C surveillance aircraft and a Philippine navy vessel and aircraft will participate in the training. Although the MSDF….Read more

  • 2015-06-09 15:00:00
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First nighttime Osprey training at GSDF Higashi-Fuji training range

(Akahata: June 6, 2015 – p. 4)    U.S. Marine Corps’ MV-22 Osprey aircraft conducted nighttime training drills at the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Higashi-Fuji training range (in the cities of Gotenba and Susono, Oyama town) in Shizuoka Prefecture for the first time on June 4. It was the first training since the crash of the Osprey on May 18 in….Read more

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