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MSDF Commandant Ito not pleased about defense spending increase

By Iwamoto Kazuki and Kawaguchi Shun   Increasing defense spending is becoming a point of contention in the Upper House election campaign. Asked for his views on this at a July 4 press conference, Maritime Self-Defense Force Kure District Commandant Ito Hiroshi noted: “Am I wholeheartedly pleased about (the spending increase)? No, not at all. Of course, this is only….Read more

  • July 6, 2022
  • , Mainichi , p. 20
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MSDF and Japan Coast Guard conduct joint exercises

On July 1, the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) and the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) announced they had conducted joint exercises in the vicinity of Oshima Island in Tokyo.   Two MSDF escort vessels and two patrol ships, including the Miyako, a large patrol ship affiliated with the Miyakojima Coast Guard Office, participated in the exercises conducted on June 30 in….Read more

  • July 2, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 30
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Kanoya approves plan to deploy U.S. UAVs at MSDF base

Mainichi wrote that at its plenary session on Thursday the municipal assembly of Kanoya in Kagoshima Prefecture approved the U.S. military’s plan to temporarily deploy MQ-9 reconnaissance drones at the MSDF Kanoya Air Base. Seventeen assembly members voted for the plan, while five others opposed it. Three did not vote. Mayor Nakanishi said afterward that he will give weight to….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
  • , Mainichi
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MSDF’s participation in joint exercises doubled in last 4 years

There has been an increase in joint exercises in the Indo-Pacific region hosted by the U.S., Europe, Japan, and other Asian countries. The number of multilateral exercises in which the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) participated more than doubled in 2021 compared with 2017. Countries are strengthening their ties to prepare for contingencies amid China’s moves.   The MSDF dispatched personnel….Read more

  • June 24, 2022
  • , Nikkei evening edition , p. 2
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Opinion: Citizens of America, will you ignore the U.S. military’s disrespect for Japan?

U.S. Forces Japan (USFJ) helicopters have repeatedly been flying abnormally low over the center of Japan’s capital. They pass directly over some of the busiest rail hubs in the world and weave between skyscrapers. And even as their helicopters fly at heights illegal for Japanese aircraft, U.S. forces have failed to fulfill their accountability for the flights. I would like….Read more

  • June 24, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
  • English Press

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On national defense: Japan should fill the air defense gap in Pacific Ocean

By Hanzawa Naohisa, Sankei staff writer   In May 2022, the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning made a powerful demonstration of force to Japan, the U.S., and Taiwan. The Chinese military also deployed bombers together with the Russian military. The series of activities was staged on the Pacific Ocean, as if to pierce a hole in Japan’s air defense.   An….Read more

  • June 18, 2022
  • , Sankei , p. 11
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Japanese training ship visits London

NHK reported online that a JMSDF training ship called at London on Wednesday as part of its months-long blue ocean training cruise, saying that it plans to conduct joint training with Royal Navy warships during the four-day visit through Saturday. The commander of the JS Kashima, which has a complement of 340, said the visit demonstrates deeper security collaboration between….Read more

  • June 23, 2022
  • , NHK digital
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LDP, Nippon Ishin leaders argue for Article 9 revision

Tokyo, June 18 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Ichiro Matsui, leader of opposition Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), in an online debate Saturday called for clarifying the existence of the Self-Defense Forces in Article 9 of the Constitution.     Meanwhile, Kenta Izumi, head of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, and Kazuo Shii, chief of the….Read more

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PM Kishida negative toward Japan’s possessing nuclear-powered submarine

Monday’s Nikkei reported that on a Fuji TV program aired on Sunday Prime Minister Kishida expressed a cautious view toward the possession of a nuclear-powered submarine. The premier reportedly pointed out: “It would involve an enormous cost and the commitment of extensive human resources. There must be other things we can do before [possessing a nuclear-powered submarine].” Sankei carried a….Read more

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