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Japan classified as an aircraft carrier power and does not rule out war

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I love indicators and love it when the truth comes out. In 2008, I blogged on Japan Rising in the Pacific which discusses Japan’s military ambitions and right to self-collective defense. Here is the latest from the IISS via the China Daily: Japan has been formally classified for the first time since World War II as…

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North Korea On The Attack

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North Korea launched a deadly attack Tuesday on Yeonpyeong Island in the disputed waters along the border of the two Koreas killing two South Korean Marines, two civilians, while injuring 18 others. According to the Yonhap news agency the South Korean military has been under fire by politicians for the “slow and inadequate” response to Tuesdays attack. The death of two civilians has been the first since the end of the Korean War in 1953 and has lead leaders in the south to take another look at the current rules of engagement because there has been no plan for reaction in the event civilians are attacked. The response from around world has been that of disappointment of North Korea’s actions.

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Hey Japan! Okinawa base protests are in the news but what about your base in Africa?

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As I sit here sipping on my mocha, the Japanese media continues to run the Okinawa-mondai stories. Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama plan to move as many as 1,000 of the 2,500 U.S. Marines based at the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma located in Ginowan on the island of Okinawa to Tokunoshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture was met…

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Piracy and Japan’s Constitution Revisited

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In a previous post on “Africa: Is Black back for Japan, China and the USA?” I looked at the “renewed” interest in Africa and its resources. With the news that Japan will build a base in Djibouti to protect cargo and other ships from pirates, it seems that Japan’s interest has peaked and I bet…

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Japan’s About Face

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With my recent and past posts on the Japanese Self Defense Force, here is an interesting story, “Japan’s About Face,” that looks at the slow but ever changing role of Japan’s Self Defense Force. The PBS program, Wide Angle reports: Japan’s About-Face is a remarkable window into the shifting role of the military in post-war…

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Japan to open military base in Africa

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I knew it! I saw this coming when I previously blogged about the Chinese establishing a bigger foothold in various parts Africa. Here is a report via the AFP: In an attempt to stop the on going problem of piracy in the Gulf of Aden, Japan will be opening its first overseas military base in…

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