Meet Japan’s New NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle

The GSDF's new NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle goes on display at the GSDF Chemical School in Saitama.

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Recent SDF Deployments News

There have been three notable pieces of news regarding SDF deployments in the past week: Tornado Relief A tornado struck the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, as well as other locations in Ibaraki and Tochigi on Sunday May 6th, damaging around 2000 buildings with surprisingly only one death (a 14 year old boy) and over...

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Did North Korean GPS Jamming Down a South Korean UAV Helicopter Drone?

Japanese news release reports South Korean unmanned helicopter was downed, possibly due to North Korea GPS jamming.

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SDF Considers Use of US Philippine Bases

While Japan participates in a Command Post Exercise in the Philippines, the US and Japanese governments consider future access and joint use of Philippines bases for training

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MSDF Helicopter Crashes into Sea, Pilot Missing

MSDF Seahawk goes down in Mutsu Bay, Aomori, after hitting the port-side of the Matsuyuki. Pilot is missing and the vehicle is lost.

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JSW on Bloomberg (April 10th)

I was invited to give a few comments on Bloomberg’s ON THE MOVE ASIA with Rishaad Salamat to discuss David Cameron’s visit to Japan and the tie-up of British and Japanese defense development. I’d like to thank the staff at Bloomberg’s Asia Offices in Hong Kong for the opportunity. It was a great experience.  ...

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Thin Pinstriped Line on Anglo-Japanese Defense Industry Cooperation

For a better analysis of what the recent news on the possibility of Japan and Britain developing defense industry ties, check out the following post by British blogger “Sir Humphrey”: That said, it is important to be realistic about how much can really be achieved by the signing of this accord. This authors strictly personal...

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UK and Japan to Discuss Defense Industry Cooperation

British PM Cameron will discuss UK-Japan defense technology sharing with PM Noda in his upcoming visit to Japan, Mainichi reports

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MHI Delivers 13 Type-10 Tanks in FY2011

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries announces that the supply of Type-10 tanks to the Ground Self-Defense Force is on track, delivering 13 units in FY2011.

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Post-Disaster Opinion: China and the SDF

James Simpson takes a look at the Cabinet Office's recent survey on public attitudes toward the SDF, as well as a brief look at a small poll on Sino-Japanese opinion.

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A Tohoku Earthquake Retrospective…

One year on, James Simpson remembers the Tohoku Earthquake and considers the challenges its has posed, and those that continue to lie ahead.

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NBR on the Anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake

NBR releases interviews with Richard J Samuels and Daniel Aldrich on how the Tohoku Earthquake has affected Japanese politics and civil society.

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