2014年05月13日

Japan holds amphibious landing drill in Nansei island chain

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On 16 April Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera rode in one of Japan's new BAE Systems AAV7/Reliability and Maintainability/Rebuild to Standard amphibious assault vehicles at the GSDF's Ordnance School at Kasumigaura garrison, Ibaraki prefecture. (Japanese Ministry of Defence)

Japan holds amphibious landing drill in Nansei island chain

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo and James Hardy, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

11 May 2014


The Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) on 10 May began an 18-day joint landing drill on an uninhabited island in the southwest Nansei chain - the latest in a series of exercises intended to demonstrate Japanese resolve in the East China Sea.

The Joint Staff Office (JSO) of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said about 1,300 SDF personnel - 500 from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF), 820 from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and 10 from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) - are participating in the joint drill, which aims to regain control of an island captured by foreign forces.

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2014年05月10日

Italy, Japan agree to sign intel sharing agreement

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Italy, Japan agree to sign intel sharing agreement


Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

08 May 2014

Japan and Italy have agreed to sign an Information Security Agreement (ISA) to allow the exchange of military intelligence and information on terrorists.

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera reached the accord with his Italian counterpart Roberta Pinotti at a meeting in Rome on 7 May.

The agreement came as Japan plans to dispatch defence attachés to seven African countries, including Algeria and Morocco, during fiscal year 2014 to improve its understanding of terrorist activity in northern Africa. The Japanese government struggled to gather information during the January 2013 In Amenas hostage crisis in Algeria that resulted in the deaths of dozens of foreign nationals, including 10 Japanese.

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Japan confiscates North Korean table tennis players’ souvenirs, equipment – report

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Japan confiscates North Korean table tennis players’ souvenirs, equipment – report

Japan employs strict customs practices regarding travel to or from N. Korea

May 6th, 2014

Kosuke Takahashi

Japanese customs officers on Tuesday confiscated North Korean table tennis players’ belongings, including souvenirs and equipment, at Narita International Airport, local media has reported.

The Sankei newspaper, quoting unnamed sources, reported on Tuesday that Japanese customs inspectors confiscated souvenirs and table tennis equipment – purchased in Japan – from 13 North Korean players at a special security check.

The players had participated in the World Team Table Tennis Championships starting April 28 and ending Monday in Tokyo, the newspaper reported, and were leaving Japan for Beijing en route to Pyongyang.

The North Korean women’s ping-pong team finished eighth in the tournament.

Officials at the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, also known as Chongryon, the main pro-Pyongyang organization in Japan, weren’t available for comment late Tuesday.

Japan bars all trade with North Korea. It has banned all exports to North Korea and port calls by North Korean vessels due to Pyongyang’s nuclear tests and missile launches since July 2006.

The Japanese government generally prohibits any North Korean nationals from entering Japan, but issued the players’ visas under the principle of separating sports from politics.

Keisuke Fukuda, a veteran reporter at Toyo Keizai magazine specializing in Korean affairs, told NK News that, when it comes to North Korea, Japan applies very strict rules on personal belongings.

Fukuda said that souvenirs of his, such as North Korean books, dictionaries and almanacs were confiscated by Japanese customs inspectors in September 2012 at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on his way home from Pyongyang via Beijing, a move he considered excessive.

“Is it really necessary for Tokyo to confiscate someone’s personal belongings like that?” Fukuda said.

Picture: The Sankei newspaper
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