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SDF provides “asset protection” for Australian military 

All national papers on Saturday took up an announcement made by the Defense Ministry on Friday that the SDF conducted “asset protection” operations for the Australian military during a recent bilateral naval drill off the coast of Shikoku. The JS Inazuma reportedly “escorted” the HMAS Warramunga, a Tribal-class destroyer of the Royal Australian Navy, at the request of Australia. This was the first time for the SDF to provide asset….Read more

  • November 13, 2021
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

MSDF warship conducts joint training with UK aircraft carrier off coast of Africa 

Saturday’s Sankei wrote that an MSDF destroyer participated in joint exercises off the coast of Somalia with a Royal Navy carrier strike group led by the HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is currently on its way back to the UK after an Indo-Pacific cruise.  

  • November 13, 2021
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SECURITY > Okinawa

U.S., Japan conduct joint drills near Senkakus

Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the ASDF announced on Thursday that it conducted joint drills with the U.S. Air Force on Tuesday in the skies and seas north of the Miyako and Ishigaki islands. The paper wrote that it is unusual for the SDF to announce their drills in an area near the Senkaku Islands. The ASDF’s U-125A search and rescue….Read more

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Japan, U.S. hold joint drills, bracing for contingency around Senkakus, Taiwan

Tokyo, Nov. 11 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Air Force have conducted joint search and rescue exercises in Okinawa Prefecture for the first time ever, the Defense Agency said Thursday.   The drills took place in the skies and seas north of the Ishigaki and Miyako islands in the southernmost Japan prefecture on Tuesday.   People familiar….Read more

SECURITY

Kishida holds talks with senior U.S. military official 

Today’s Sankei spotlighted visiting U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Commander Aquilino’s courtesy call on Prime Minister Kishida at the Kantei on Thursday. In response to Adm. Aquilino’s statement that the U.S.-Japan alliance is very strong, the premier said: “We would like to achieve a freer and more open Indo-Pacific through enhancing bilateral cooperation and coordinate closely for regional and global stability.” The top U.S. admiral in….Read more

SECURITY

Japan’s exclusively defense-oriented policy degrades nation’s dignity: former joint staff chief

Interview with former Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Kawano Katsutoshi by Sankei special reporter Ishii Satoshi   The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) presidential election in September saw rather active debate on the issue of security, with “enemy base attacks” in particular being a key word in the discussions. The pros and cons of acquiring enemy base attack capabilities were examined,….Read more

POLITICS

Kishida to consider including capability to attack enemy bases in new security strategy

Before the end of November, the government and the ruling parties will begin discussing revisions to the National Security Strategy and will consider including the capability to attack enemy bases and economic security in the revised strategy. Prime Minister Kishida Fumio hopes to visit the U.S. at an early date, and he wants to begin security discussions with an eye….Read more

  • November 9, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Japan retracts claim that North Korea fired 2 SLBMs on Oct. 19 

All national dailies wrote that the Ministry of Defense on Tuesday retracted its earlier claim that North Korea fired two submarine-launched ballistic missiles rather than one on Oct. 19, saying it had mistakenly detected a man-made object in space. The papers wrote that Japan’s assertion that there had been two launches contradicted analysis by the United States and South Korea….Read more

  • November 10, 2021
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Defense Minister Kishi visits JS Izumo 

Nikkei and Sankei wrote that Defense Minister Kishi visited the MSDF Yokosuka Base on Monday to inspect the JS Izumo, which is being converted to an aircraft carrier. Kishi inspected the deck of the Izumo, which has been reinforced to withstand the heat emitted by F-35Bs during short landing and vertical takeoff procedures. The defense minister was also briefed on….Read more

  • November 9, 2021
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SECURITY > Okinawa

70 GSDF electronic warfare troops to be deployed on Yonaguni

Okinawa Times led with a report saying that the Ministry of Defense is considering deploying a 70-member electronic warfare unit to the GSDF camp on Yonaguni Island by fiscal 2023. The paper wrote that the planned deployment is aimed at strengthening the SDF’s capability to collect information amid the escalating tensions over Taiwan and the Senkaku Islands. According to a….Read more

  • November 8, 2021
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