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LDP Defense Division Director: Enhanced capabilities to respond to airborne threats urgently needed

The Nikkei spoke with Miyazawa Hiroyuki, director of the Liberal Democratic Party’s National Defense Division, on the Nikkei’s discovery that China installed and destroyed a structure similar to a Japan Air Self-Defense Force Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft (AWACS) in the desert area of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Below are Miyazawa’s comments.   The destruction of a structure….Read more

  • July 18, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 3
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SECURITY

Japan Coast Guard ship mistakenly fires live ammunition at Okinawa Pref. island

A Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel moored at a remote island of Okinawa Prefecture mistakenly fired eight cannon rounds toward land near the main road and a fuel tank for boats on the island on July 19.   Crew members of the ship Shimoji, which was moored at Nagayama Port on Irabu Island, fired the 20-millimeter cannon rounds at around….Read more

  • July 20, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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LDP’s Sato: Acquire counterattack capabilities to enhance deterrence

A Nikkei investigation discovered that China installed and then destroyed a structure similar to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft (AWACS) in the desert area of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Nikkei spoke about this issue with Sato Masahisa, director of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Foreign Affairs Division and a former Ground Self-Defense Force officer.….Read more

  • July 17, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 5
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

40 pct of SDF facilities awaiting seismic upgrades

Tokyo, July 16 (Jiji Press)–Over 40 pct of Japanese Self-Defense Forces facilities owned by the Defense Ministry across Japan were built under old seismic standards used before the country’s building standards act was revised, a ministry report showed Saturday.     Of the 23,254 SDF buildings, storehouses, air traffic control towers and other facilities, 9,875 were constructed under the old seismic standards and….Read more

  • July 17, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 1:11 a.m.
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

GOJ to eliminate cap on defense budget requests

Nikkei and Yomiuri reported on Saturday that the GOJ is likely to allow the Defense Ministry to present a list of military goods and services that it would like to procure without specifying prices when it submits its FY2023 budget request to the Finance Ministry in August. The existing cap on budget requests aimed at curbing unwarranted budget increases will….Read more

  • July 16, 2022
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei
  • JMH Summary

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Mock SDF aircraft in Chinese desert possibly destroyed during missile training

Saturday’s Nikkei led with the finding that a structure resembling a Japanese military plane that had been built in the desert in China’s Xinjiang Province was apparently destroyed recently, speculating that the PLA demolished it during missile training in a show of force to Japan. The existence of the structure modeled on an ASDF AWACS early warning aircraft was first….Read more

  • July 16, 2022
  • , Nikkei
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SECURITY

U.S., Japan conduct joint military drills

Nikkei and Sankei reported on an MOD announcement yesterday that the SDF and the U.S. military carried out joint exercises in the Sea of Japan, the Pacific, and the East China Sea for three days earlier this month, saying that it was the largest training of its kind in FY2022. Dozens of state-of-the-art fighters from the two militaries, such as….Read more

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Tokyo Report: Japan MSDF deploys new frigates with labor-saving features

  Tokyo, July 12 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force has started deploying new Mogami-class frigates, featuring stealth and multifunctional capabilities, as well as an ability to operate with half as many crew members as deployed on conventional frigates.   MSDF officials hope that the latest vessels will contribute to strengthening Japan’s defense capacity, while at the same time promoting work….Read more

  • July 12, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:30 a.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Japan, U.S., Australia conduct joint maritime training off Okinawa

Yomiuri reported that the U.S. and Australian navies carried out joint training with the MSDF in waters off Okinawa from Monday through Wednesday in order to strengthen coordination for maritime defense. The USS Dewey and other destroyers reportedly conducted an exercise with a scenario in which there were enemy warships in the East China Sea and in the Pacific east….Read more

  • July 8, 2022
  • , Yomiuri
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SCIENCE > Health

Japan’s top general infected with coronavirus in Germany

NHK reported that GSDF Chief of Staff Yoshida tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday in Germany, where he has been staying since Sunday. The infection was confirmed when he underwent testing prior to boarding a Japan-bound flight. The top general is reportedly asymptomatic and performing his official duties remotely.

  • July 7, 2022
  • , NHK
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