2017年09月20日

My recent piece for NK News

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Professional wrestler-turned-politician Antonio Inoki to return to North Korea

Trip will be eccentric lawmaker's 32nd to the DPRK
Kosuke Takahashi September 6th, 2017




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My latest for Jane's Defense Weekly

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Japan deploys PAC-3 interceptors near flight path of previous North Korean IRBMs

Gabriel Dominguez and Kosuke Takahashi - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
19 September 2017

The Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) have moved the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) air defence system deployed on the country’s northern island of Hokkaido to an area located closer to the flight path taken by North Korea’s latest two Hwaseong-12 (also known as KN-17) intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs), which were test-fired on 29 August and 15 September, respectively.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo confirmed to Jane’s on 19 September that the PAC-3 system on the island had been relocated from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force 's (JASDF's) Yakumo Sub Base to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's (JGSDF's) Camp Hakodate, which is also located on Hokkaido.

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2017年09月01日

My latest for Jane's Defence Weekly

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Japanese MoD asks for USD1.6 billion to boost missile defences

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

As part of its budget request for fiscal year 2018 Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has asked the Ministry of Finance in Tokyo for JPY179 billion (USD1.6 billion) to boost the country’s missile defences in light of growing concerns about North Korean missile capability.

The move includes a funding request for the procurement of air defence equipment likely to centre around the Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) system, which Tokyo is considering . A final decision on the acquisition of the Aegis Ashore is expected by the end of the year, an MoD official told Jane’s during a 30 August press briefing.

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