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Medium: Japan: Flat-Tops or Not?

  My first article at Medium is out, on Japan’s recent history of naval aviation and future prospects for aircraft carriers. You’ll find it here.

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Shukan Bunshun: Who is Responsible for PLAN Radar Lock-On Incident?

From the Japanese weekly magazine “Shukan Bunshun“; February 21, 2013; By Satoshi Tomizaka. Translation by a JSW/ASW pal.  (Regarding this incident here.) Who is responsible for the Chinese Navy’s radiation of Fire Control Radar (FCR)? The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs broke their silence on 8 February and released a statement in countering Japan’s accusation...

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Japanese Media Now Openly Talking about Japan-Australia Soryu Deal

Today the Nikkei featured an article (日) that raised once again the possibility of Japan transferring the technology underpinning the prized Soryu submarine to Australia. The article did not offer much additional detail about how the process from here is likely to unfold, although it did frame the technology transfer as part of a supposedly mutual...

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Japan’s MSDF leads and China’s PLA(N) follows

In among Japan’s much more proactive approach to Southeast Asia, including stronger commitments of aid and security cooperation to Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam, and increased tension over the Senkaku islands due to developments in Japan’s domestic politics, you could be forgiven for thinking that Japan and China have completely burned their bridges in the last...

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U.S. Military Conducts Naval Drills with Japan & South Korea and Live-fire Exercise with ROKN

U.S. Military Conducts Naval Drills with Japan & South Korea and Live-fire Exercise with ROKN

It's a busy week for ever emerging East Asian Alliances....

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Japan’s MSDF to make a Port Call in Manila amid Tensions

When? Next week it would seem. Hot on the heels of a promise to supply a number of JCG vessels to the Philippines, Japan is now also sending three JMSDF naval training ships to Manila for a four-day port call from 28 May to 31 May. The ships are reported to be the JS Kashima (TV-3505),...

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Japanese Cameras Catch Chinese Naval UAV Again

Japanese Cameras Catch Chinese Naval UAV Again

The Japanese MSDF once more catches a Chinese UAV in flight, but with shots of the deck, might we also learn more of the capacity of the ships carrying them?

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South Korean Warships Searching for North Korean Rocket Debris

South Korean Warships Searching for North Korean Rocket Debris

The North Koreans are doing a wonderful job of giving Japan, South Korea, and the United States great practice at coordinating efforts for any future confrontations with China

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Chinese troops in Somalia?

Chinese troops in Somalia?

A Reuters article (H/T James R. Holmes -see below) from last year contains an interesting quote in regards to anti-piracy strategy from General Chen Bingde, the chief of the general staff of the People’s Liberation Army: For counterpiracy campaigns to be effective, we should probably move beyond the ocean and crash their bases on the land….It’s important that...

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North Korea Reveals Satellite Details & Begins Fueling Rocket, Japan and South Korea React

North Korea Reveals Satellite Details & Begins Fueling Rocket, Japan and South Korea React

Pyongyang continues to push forward with their satellite launch, South Korea and Japan stand ready to stop it

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South Korean Complaints about a Lack of Japanese Security Cooperation (from 1981)

South Korean Complaints about a Lack of Japanese Security Cooperation (from 1981)

The release of South Korean diplomatic documents from 1981 has revealed South Korean annoyance at Japanese free-riding on the US-ROK alliance during the 1970s and 1980s. The documents detail the ROK’s belief that Japanese security consciousness and burden sharing was insufficient, and that Japan should provide economic assistance in kind to offset the lack of...

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Japanese destroyer to visit China: Thawing Sino-Japanese relations (again)

Japanese destroyer to visit China: Thawing Sino-Japanese relations (again)

It has been announced that the JMSDF will be sending a destroyer on a good will visit to China next week. Why is this so significant? What are some implications?

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