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Gov’t limits scope of SDF logistical support

(Yomiuri: May 28, 2015 – Top play)    Prime Minister Abe told the Lower House Special Committee on Legislation for the Peace and Security of Japan and the International Community on May 27 that the Self-Defense Forces are only allowed to extend logistical support to the U.S. forces and other foreign militaries that are in combat in “areas where combat….Read more

  • 2015-05-28 15:00:00
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Editorial: Details on scope of SDF operations need to be thoroughly discussed

(Nikkei: May 21, 2015 – p. 2)    Diet deliberations on security legislation took off, as Prime Minister Abe and the leaders of the opposition parties entered one-on-one debates for the first time in about a year. The issue deeply concerns Japan’s future course. The ruling and opposition parties should keep in mind holding discussions in plain language so the….Read more

  • 2015-05-21 15:00:00
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DM to build GSDF command center at Camp Asaka

(Asahi: May 16, 2015 – p. 4)    The Defense Ministry announced on May 15 that in order to integrate the chains of command in the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF), it plans to build a “GSDF command center,” staffed with several hundred personnel, in fiscal 2017. The command center will be established at the GSDF’s Camp Asaka (Nerima Ward in….Read more

  • 2015-05-18 15:00:00
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Restrictions on SDF operations remain under new security legislation

(Sankei: May 12, 2015 – p. 3)    By Yasushi Sugimoto    The security legislation on which the ruling parties’ panel reached final agreement on May 11 will authorize the exercise of the right to collective self-defense and greatly expand the role of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF). However, unique Japanese restrictions on the SDF’s operations will remain since these bills….Read more

  • 2015-05-12 15:00:00
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Draft cabinet decision on speedy SDF mobilization in gray zone situations

(Sankei: May 11, 2015 – p. 1)    It was learned on May 10 that the Shinzo Abe administration will pass a cabinet decision on how to deal with three types of so-called “gray zone situations,” such as illegal landing of armed groups on remote islands, as part of its security legislation efforts. The main feature of this is that….Read more

  • 2015-05-11 15:00:00
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Defense Ministry identifies sites for GSDF deployment on Miyakojima

(Sankei: May 11, 2015 – p. 5)    The Ministry of Defense (MOD) decided on May 10 to acquire land at two locations – the Chiyoda Country Club in the central part of Miyakojima and the Daifuku Farm in the north of the island — for the planned deployment of the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) “security force” on this island….Read more

  • 2015-05-11 15:00:00
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Japan Innovation Party doesn’t condone minesweeping operations by SDF

(Nikkei: May 6, 2015 – p. 2)    The Japan Innovation Party has no intention to condone the exercise of the right to collective self-defense in connection with minesweeping operations in the Strait of Hormuz by the Self-Defense Forces (SDF). The government and ruling parties stipulate minesweeping operations in their security legislation. Taking the stance of accepting the limited use….Read more

  • 2015-05-07 15:00:00
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Gov’t mulls dispatching SDF to Nepal on rescue mission

(Akahata: April 28, 2015 p. 2)    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga revealed in press conference held on April 27 that the government is considering dispatching an SDF rescue unit to earthquake-devastated Nepal. Suga said, “Two SDF members as the advance team were sent as part of the Japan Disaster Relief Team/Rescue Team,” expressing a plan to make the final….Read more

  • 2015-04-28 15:00:00
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F-2 fighter damaged in tsunami returns to ASDF

(Sankei: April 22, 2015 – p. 5)    One F-2 fighter stationed at the Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) Matsushima Base (Higashi-Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture) that was submerged by the tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake was restored to operational condition and delivered on April 21 to the ASDF from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Komaki-Minami Factory (Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture). The….Read more

  • 2015-04-22 15:00:00
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Background to LDP, Komeito agreement on Diet approval for SDF overseas missions

(Yomiuri: April 22, 2015 – p. 3)    By political reporters Shinji Abe, Yoichi Shiraishi    The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito reached basic agreement on April 21 at the ruling parties’ consultations on the new security bills. The LDP accepted Komeito’s proposal on the requirement for prior Diet approval of Self-Defense Forces (SDF) deployment for missions under the….Read more

  • 2015-04-22 15:00:00
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