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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2017年05月17日

My latest for Jane's Defence Weekly

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Japan mulls introducing Aegis Ashore BMD system to counter North Korean threats

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo and Gabriel Dominguez, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

16 May 2017
Japanese defence minister Tomomi Inada has said her country is considering introducing the Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) system to counter North Korea's growing missile threat.

"In order to bolster capabilities to defend our whole nation all the time, [we] will promote consideration of introducing ballistic missile defence systems such as Aegis Ashore without any loose ends," Inada said during an Upper House committee session of Japan's national legislature on 15 May.

Moreover, the country will be advancing the introduction of the Patriot PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhanced (MSE) and Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA (RIM-161D) missiles, Inada said a day later in a press conference.

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