2017年08月09日

My latest for Jane's Defence Weekly

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Japan's white paper outlines top priorities for defence production

Kosuke Takahashi - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
08 August 2017


Key Points
・Japan's latest defence white paper looks to improve the efficiency of the country's defence production and procurement
・The paper also describes North Korea's nuclear weapon and ballistic missile developments for the first time as a "new level of threat"

Japan's Defence White Paper 2017, released on 8 August, outlines a number of priorities for the country's methods of defence procurement and production.

The paper highlights four major requirements: expanding the competitive research-funding programme; maintaining and strengthening defence production and the technological base to ensure "technological superiority"; improving defence project management; and the promotion of defence equipment and technology co-operation with other countries.

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2017年07月29日

My latest for Jane's Defence Weekly

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Japan's defence minister resigns


Kosuke Takahashi - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
28 July 2017

Japan's Defence Minister Tomomi Inada resigned on 28 July following allegations of a cover-up at her ministry of sensitive logs detailing the activities of Japanese troops operating as UN peacekeepers in South Sudan.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Tokyo had been under heavy criticism over suspicions that it may have intentionally hidden military reports revealing a worsening security situation in the African country.

The Japanese pacifist constitution maintains an exclusively defence-oriented policy and prohibits Japan Self-Defence Forces (JSDF) personnel from operating in combat zones.

Speaking at a press conference Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has seen his government’s approval ratings plummet in recent months, accepted Inada’s resignation letter and announced that Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has taken over the defence portfolio for the time being.

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2017年06月13日

It was very nice meeting you!

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On June 6, I met Mr. Paul Burton, director of aerospace, defense and security content for Jane's.


Paul and I are both boomerang employees for Jane's^^

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Just FYI. By quoting Nick Hanson's piece, Paul said the following:

Between 2011 and the end of 2016, North Korea launched a total of 42 ballistic missiles: 20 short-range Scud-type missiles with a range of 300-1,000 km, 10 medium-range No Dong missiles that can fly 1,300-1,500 km, eight intermediate-range Hwasong 10 (Musudan) missiles traditionally assessed to have a range of 3,500-4,000 km, and four submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs).

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