Japan Military News, Reports, Data, etc.

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    (Thought having a general one that can be bumped with new information from time-to-time would be better than just a single post.)

    Equipment for U.S. missile defense system arrives in Okinawa

    (Yeah, yeah - it isn't strictly about the Japanese military. But then again the U.S. deployment there affects Japan's security, so I think it's relevant. :D)

    Hmm, so what was protecting the US bases before-hand? Just air-patrols (obviously not useful against ballistic missiles), or were there smaller systems to try to give more protection?

    Anyway, the PAC-3 batteries should improve the situation, whatever it was before.
     
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    You can be certain Okinawa will get a THAAD system once those are available. I know that its seaborne counterpart, the SM-3 is operational or almost operational, but I don't know about THAAD.
     
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    Report: Japan to deploy new radar to monitor Chinese military activity

    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/10/23/asia/AS_GEN_Japan_China_Radar.php

    TOKYO Japan will deploy a new radar to monitor Chinese military activity amid growing concern in Tokyo over Beijing's arms buildup, a news report said Monday.

    The Defense Agency will deploy the radar on the Miyako islands in Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, close to territory claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing, the mass-circulation Yomiuri Shimbun reported in its evening edition.

    Data from the new radar will let Tokyo determine the capabilities and flight patterns of Chinese military planes, and develop ways to block Chinese radars from picking up Japanese waves, the Yomiuri said.

    Defense officials said they could not immediately comment on the report. The Miyako islands are about 1,800 kilometers (1,120 miles) southwest of Tokyo and about 180 kilometers (112 miles) east of islets claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing, called the Senkakus in Japanese and Daioyu in Chinese.

    Japan's existing radars are concentrated in the north of the country, where they mainly pick up radio waves from Russia, according to the Yomiuri.

    But Tokyo is increasingly shifting its focus to China, which has raised concern in Tokyo after announcing double-digit spending increases for its 2.5 million-member military nearly every year since the early 1990s.

    Japan's Defense Agency lists China's military expansion as a top security concern in the region, and Foreign Minister Taro Aso has repeatedly called China a threat — drawing angry protests from Beijing.

    Earlier this year, Tokyo reported a dramatic increase in the number of times its fighter jets have scrambled to intercept suspected Chinese spy planes approaching Japanese air space.

    Though linked by billions of dollars (euros) in trade, relations between the two neighbors are rocky over a spate of disputes over territory, undersea gas and oil deposits, and former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a war shrine criticized for its strong links to past Japanese militarism.

    Koizumi's successor Shinzo Abe visited China last month and has pledged to mend relations with Beijing.
     
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    Excellent pics of the JMSDF ships manuvering near Toyko Japan.

    Photos by the worlds greatest Navy> i.e. The USN!

    Tokyo Bay, Japan (Oct. 27, 2006) - The Japanese anti-submarine warfare destroyer Onami (DD 111), leads a flotilla of ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force during a fleet review practice. More than 30 ships and 15 aircraft participated in the display of sea and air power, which was open to the public. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chantel M. Clayton
     

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    Those are some nice pictures, Popeye. I hope in the future, after the law concerning the SDF has been revised sufficiently, we might be able to see the MSDF involved in things like anti-piracy/anti-drug operations across Asia - maybe peacekeeping duties further afield (rather than just logistics).

    On a side-note, I would have to say that the USN is obviously the "greatest" navy in the world, but I think I would have to say the Royal Navy is the "finest". ;)
     
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    That remark comes from when I was in the US Navy quite sometimes(seldom) we would answer the phone "World's greatest navy". we also said "Worlds finest Navy" either term is correct.:D

    Excellent point Fu. The JMSDF has the ships and the trained crews to do so. Also they would do well in humanitarian relief efforts.
     
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    Their ships & submarines can do many other things- like missile defence, ASW, support, and trade sanctions enforcement.
    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/world/20061105TDY01005.htm

    http://www.sinodefenceforum.com/showthread.php?t=2471&page=6
     
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    Japan backs defence reforms

    The vote was expected to pass anyway, but it is still a very significant step for Japan's normalisation process. For one thing for the first time ever the Defence Forces will have their own minister who can negotiate a budget for them. Peacekeeping, disaster relief and support for regional emergencies will also become their primary mission.

    All in all a very sensible decision.
     
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    Japan launches fourth spy satellite

     
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    BLUEJACKET c'mon now..You were on the Hawk. Right? And you know the US is always holding excersises with the JSDF all the time. They have been for many years. This is no big deal. Some Neo-cons aren't happy unless they are stirring up trouble and publishing exaggerations....
     
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