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As tensions increase across Taiwan Strait, need for Japan’s preparedness grows urgent

Japan’s military role has become the focus of attention as tensions heighten in the Taiwan Strait. The U.S. government posits cooperation with allies as important in protecting the peace and stability around Taiwan. Nearly 60% of respondents in a Taiwanese opinion poll said that Japan would come to their aid in a contingency. The Japanese government is conducting simulations assuming….Read more

  • November 8, 2021
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Exclusive: Japan to revise National Security Strategy at end-2022

Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)–Japan is considering revising its National Security Strategy, which presents medium- to long-term guidelines for national security and foreign policies, at the end of 2022, Jiji Press has learned.     The revised strategy will call for enhancing economic security amid China’s increasing assertiveness, according to government sources.     The focus is whether the proposed acquisition of….Read more

  • November 7, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 12;15 p.m.
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SECURITY > Okinawa

ASDF to use commercial airports on Okinawa islands in event of Senkaku crisis

Sunday’s Sankei claimed in its lead item that the ASDF is considering using commercial airports on remote islands in Okinawa to operate fighter jets in the event of a Senkaku contingency out of concern that fighters based at Naha Airport would be taken out of commission if its runways were destroyed in a Chinese attack. The ASDF is reportedly aiming….Read more

  • November 7, 2021
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

German frigate to arrive in Tokyo today 

Nikkei wrote that the German frigate Bayern, which will arrive in Tokyo on Friday, is set to participate in joint exercises with the United States, Japan, Australia, and Canada. The vessel, which set sail in August, will be docked in Tokyo until Nov. 12, according to the German Navy. The Bayern had sought to stop in Shanghai during its Indo-Pacific tour but the request was denied. The paper….Read more

  • November 5, 2021
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

U.S. Navy, MSDF conduct joint drills in East China Sea 

Sankei wrote that the MSDF announced on Thursday that a fleet of seven vessels, including the helicopter carrier Ise, conducted joint drills with the Amphibious Assault Ship USS America in the East China Sea on Wednesday. Noting that China has been actively conducting naval operations near the Senkaku Islands and other areas in the East China Sea, the paper speculated that the U.S.-Japan joint drills involving large vessels were….Read more

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Japan, Australia agree to strengthen cooperation 

Yomiuri wrote that Defense Minister Kishi held talks with Lt. Gen. Burr, the chief of Australian Army, at the ministry on Thursday. The two agreed to promote personnel exchanges and joint drills between the SDF and the Australian military. Kishi reportedly told Lt. Gen. Burr that cooperation with Australia is critically important since Japan shares such basic values as freedom, human rights, and the rule of law with….Read more

  • November 5, 2021
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MOD sets sights on automating patrol vessels

The Ministry of Defense (MOD) is considering introducing unstaffed patrol vessels to strengthen the monitoring capabilities of the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF), the Sankei Shimbun learned on Oct. 30. Initially, a crew of about 30 will operate the new vessels, but the MOD hopes to make them fully automated at a later date.   Given that the Chinese Navy has….Read more

  • October 31, 2021
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SDF Okinawa Provincial Cooperation Office gives press briefing on scrambles

On Oct. 29, the Self-Defense Forces Okinawa Provincial Cooperation Office held a press briefing at the Air Self-Defense Force Naha Base on the current status of ASDF scrambles. Members of the press were briefed on the base’s scrambling operations against Chinese military and other aircraft and were shown the base’s rescue helicopters.   According to the Joint Staff Office, the Southwestern….Read more

  • November 4, 2021
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German navy vessel to make 1st port call in Japan in 20 yrs

TOKYO – A German navy frigate will make a port call in Tokyo on Friday, marking the first visit to Japan by a military vessel of the European country in about 20 years, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said Tuesday.   The frigate Bayern, which Germany has deployed to the Indo-Pacific as part of its increasing commitment to the region amid China’s growing….Read more

  • November 2, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 5:21 p.m.
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

MOD mulls operating patrol vessels unmanned

Sunday’s Sankei front-paged a Defense Ministry plan to operate four new patrol vessels that it plans to procure for the MSDF unmanned in order to address the chronic shortage of personnel amid China’s rapid buildup of naval forces. To begin with, the ministry is looking to staff the new vessels with about 30 crewmembers, about 15% of the number assigned….Read more

  • October 31, 2021
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