2017年12月09日

My latest for Jane's Defence Weekly

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My latest for Jane's Defence Weekly about Japan's new defense posture that could reverse its exclusively defense-oriented policy of the post-war period.

Japan to equip JASDF fighter aircraft with stand-off cruise missiles

Kosuke Takahashi - Jane's Defence Weekly
08 December 2017

Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera announced on 8 December that Tokyo plans to equip Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) fighter aircraft with long-range cruise missiles amid heightened tensions in the region over North Korea’s development and testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Onodera said in a press conference that Japan would acquire the missiles under the budget for fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) to enhance the country’s defence capabilities in view of an “increasingly severe security environment”, adding that Tokyo will still rely on the United States to strike enemy bases.

Onodera pointed out that Tokyo was looking to equip JASDF fighter aircraft with three types of air-launched missiles that can be fired at a stand-off range.

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posted by Kosuke at 01:13| Comment(0) | Jane's Defence Weekly

2017年12月01日

My latest for Toyo Keizai Online

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I wrote about Japan's possible defense against North Korea by touching upon the issue of Article 9 of the Japanese constitution.

「日本版トマホーク」は今の憲法を逸脱する

敵基地攻撃には「憲法9条改正」が絶対条件
posted by Kosuke at 12:10| Comment(0) | Toyo Keizai

2017年11月21日

I was quoted by The Washington Times

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On Trump's visit to Asia, I was quoted by The Washington Times. Please see below.

Trump promises major announcements on trade, North Korea after ‘fruitful’ 12 days in Asia


Kosuke Takahashi, a longtime Japanese journalist working as the Tokyo correspondent for Jane’s Defense Weekly, said Mr. Trump’s comments about the need for Tokyo to buy more American weapons and shoot down the next missile North Korea fires over Japan were viewed with skepticism by Mr. Abe’s critics.

“In my view,” he told The Times, “President Trump has been fueling North Korean crisis by conducting fierce verbal attacks against North Korea’s Kim Jong-un intentionally. As a result, stock prices of U.S. defense companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop have been skyrocketing as they can sell expensive weapons such as Aegis missile defense system to Japan and South Korea. Trump is showing very good at top sales diplomacy.”


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トランプのアジア歴訪についてのコメントが米紙ワシントンタイムズに掲載されました。先日電話インタビューを受けました。今後も日本から世界に少しでも多く発信していきたい。


posted by Kosuke at 23:22| Comment(0) | Washington Times