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Keeping you safe in the US & Japan

[Submitted by Hajimaru]There is potentially a new security device that may not only make it safer to travel, but expedite the process at the same time. The Japan Times Online has run a story that Tokyo Narita airport may soon start a pilot program with a scanner developed at Tohoku University that is believed capable… Keep Reading


Vintage Japanese air raid defense posters

A very good post for students of Japanese, especially military linguists learning Japanese, that shows vintage posters with information on Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) agents and recommended treatments in case one is exposed to NBC weapons. This information will be useful for those in the medical or military profession. I am sure that the… Keep Reading


Is PM Aso half-stepping on collective self-defense?

The Yomiuri Shimbun ran a story on Prime Minister Taro Aso half-stepping or playing politics when it comes to discussing Japan’s right to (re)militarize. Aso remains unable to begin discussion to alter the government’s constitutional interpretation that prohibits the country from exercising the right to collective self-defense. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged Aso,… Keep Reading


Dr. Joseph Nye confirmed as next U.S. Ambassador to Japan

I previously posted about Harvard University professor and Japan expert Dr. Joseph Nye and now it seems that is finally confirmed as the next US Ambassador to Japan. The Mainichi Shimbun reports: “Harvard University Professor and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Joseph Nye has been confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan, a… Keep Reading


Japanese military assumes more global role

This seems like a good follow-up piece to my conversation yesterday with a writer from the Nikkei Keizai Shimbun. The near future will prove very interesting for Japan and its quest for military parity in Asia. CAMP MAKOMANAI, Japan—Col. Kenji Sawai, commander of Japan’s 18th Infantry Regiment, stands in his headquarters dressed from head to… Keep Reading


Japan commissions Hyuga helicopter carrier

   Here is a follow-up to my previous posts on Japan Rising in the Asia-Pacific. The Hyuga is in the same weight range of the European “Harrier carriers” and can be an effective platform for fixed-wing aircraft. As Harold C. Hutchison “In essence, Japan will have a ship about the size of the vessels that were the centerpiece of the British… Keep Reading

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