2017年12月20日

My latest for Jane's Defence Weekly

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Japanese cabinet approves deployment of two Aegis Ashore BMD systems
Kosuke Takahashi - Jane's Defence Weekly
19 December 2017

The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 19 December approved the introduction of two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems to counter the growing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

"North Korea's nuclear and missile development has become a greater and more imminent threat for Japan's national security, and with the two Aegis Ashore systems, we believe we can drastically improve our ballistic missile defense capability to protect Japan continuously and sustainably," said Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera.

The approval allows the Ministry of Defense (MoD) to purchase two units of the advanced air-defence systems to add to Japan's current two-layered BMD system based on ship-borne Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) interceptors and land-based PAC-3 batteries.

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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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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
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