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  • Japan Defense Minister Officially Authorizes SDF Forces Shoot Down N. Korean Missile (Breaking)

    04/07/2013 6:59:27 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 127 replies
    Yahoo Japan Headline News (original in Japanese) from Japanese news sources ^ | 7 April 2013 | Yahoo! News Japan (original in Japanese)
    Japan's Defense Minister issued the official military order within the hour or so. It has been stated in news commentary that the North's Musudan intermediate ballistic missile which is an extreme threat to Japan and had been suddenly moved to North Korea's east coast just two days ago for possible launch without warning, without any kind of statement to international space or aviation bodies for a "test launch" of a missile, means that North Korea could launch a sneak missile launch without any warning to the world. So Japan's Defense Minister ordered Japan Self Defense Forces (SDF) into readiness with...
  • Japan: Tanks to Remove Debris at Quake-Hit Japan Nuke Plant

    03/20/2011 11:26:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Jiji Press ^ | 03/20/11
    Tanks to Remove Debris at Quake-Hit Japan Nuke Plant Tokyo, March 20 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Defense Ministry on Sunday ordered the Ground Self-Defense Force to send two tanks to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to remove debris at the quake-hit plant to facilitate work to prevent a radiation disaster. The Type 74 battle tanks and other relief vehicles left a GSDF garrison in Gotenba, Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, in the evening and will arrive in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima early Monday morning, the ministry said. As soon as they receive a request for action, the large blade-attached tanks will...
  • Japan: SDF Choppers Unable To Drop Water On Nuke Reactor Due To Radiation

    03/16/2011 3:24:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Nikkei ^ | 03/16/11
    SDF Choppers Unable To Drop Water On Nuke Reactor Due To Radiation TOKYO (Kyodo)--The Self-Defense Forces will not conduct a planned operation Wednesday to drop water from helicopters on the troubled No. 3 reactor of the Fukushima nuclear power plant because of the high radiation level around the plant, Defense Ministry officials said. The Ground Self-Defense Force helicopters were on standby to drop water on the reactor as it is feared the reactor may have released radioactive steam due to damage to its containment vessel.
  • Japan: Ozawa in power would send SDF to U.N. force in Afghanistan

    10/08/2007 11:01:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 412+ views
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | 10/06/07
    Ozawa in power would send SDF to U.N. force in Afghanistan 10/06/2007 THE ASAHI SHIMBUN Japanese troops would join a U.N. peacekeeping force in Afghanistan if Minshuto (Democratic Party of Japan) takes over the government, according to a proposal by party leader Ichiro Ozawa. Ozawa made the proposal in the November issue of the monthly opinion journal Sekai (World), due out on Tuesday. The proposal will serve as the basis for the opposition party's counterproposal to a government bill to extend Japan's refueling mission in the Indian Ocean for the U.S.-led war against terror. In the article, the Minshuto chief...
  • Japan parliamentary committee approves bill to upgrade defence agency to full ministry

    11/30/2006 6:22:47 AM PST · by valispkd · 214+ views
    A Japanese parliamentary committee on Thursday approved a bill to upgrade Japan's defence agency to a full ministry to allow its troops a greater role in case of possible threats from abroad. The bill, which would bolster the agency's status within the government, is expected to be passed by the full lower house in a separate vote later Thursday. Currently, Japan's military is strictly constrained by the country's pacifist constitution - which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to revise. The Defence Agency is part of the Cabinet Office rather than a separate ministry. The bill would make the defense...
  • Medical Rangers prepared to help

    07/18/2006 7:46:55 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 128+ views
    Temple Daily Telegram ^ | July 17, 2006 | Larry Causey
    Medical Rangers prepared to helphttp://www.temple-telegram.com/story/local/2006/7/17/33092 by Larry Causey Published July 17, 2006 Temple will be represented when the Texas Medical Rangers provide medical aid for about 6,000 people in the Rio Grande Valley during Operation Lone Star, July 22-Aug. 5. Gov. Rick Perry formed the Texas Medical Rangers as part of the Texas State Guard in March 2003, to reinforce emergency workers at large disasters. In 2005, the Rangers supported relief efforts for evacuees of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. They also took part in last year’s Operation Lone Star. About a dozen volunteers from the Temple Texas Medical Rangers will...
  • Japan to have 1st airstrike drill with live bomb on island off Guam

    07/06/2005 5:02:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 335+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | July 5th,2005
    Tuesday July 5, 7:27 PM ASDF to have 1st airstrike drill with live bomb on island off Guam (Kyodo) _ The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force is set to perform its first ever airstrike drill with live ammunition, scheduled to take place on an uninhabited island off Guam, ASDF officials said Tuesday. The drill, in which an ASDF combat aircraft will drop a 500-pound bomb on a ground target on the island some 350 kilometers north-northeast of Guam, will be conducted on the sidelines of a joint exercise between the ASDF and the U.S. Air Force in Guam to begin Monday....
  • Japan outlines new role on world stage

    01/08/2005 4:20:33 AM PST · by snowsislander · 10 replies · 435+ views
    The Sidney Morning Herald ^ | January 8, 2005 | Deborah Cameron
    Warships and other military hardware from Japan are likely to be exempt from export bans and sold second-hand to other Asian countries under plans outlined yesterday by the country's defence chief. The Minister of State for Defence, Yoshinori Ohno, also argued for his portfolio, at present an "agency", to be elevated to the status of a full ministry. At the same time, he said Japan, 60 years after its defeat in World War II, would be reborn as an international player. "This is very important. I hope that the cock [the emblem for 2005 in the Chinese calendar] would shout...
  • Japan:Teacher gives grade of 0 to students supporting SDF in Iraq(Evil Liberal Alert!)

    06/25/2004 6:54:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 313+ views
    Japan Today ^ | 06/25/04 | N/A
    Teacher gives grade of 0 to students supporting SDF in Iraq Friday, June 25, 2004 at 13:12 JST NAGOYA — An Aichi high school teacher quizzing his students on the Iraq war gave zero points to those who supported the deployment of Japanese troops, the board of education said Friday. The male teacher awarded students who answered that they were against the dispatch the maximum five points. The board has instructed the school to invalidate the marks, saying the question was "inappropriate and lacked consideration for students and parents who hold different opinions." The board said the teacher included the...
  • ANTI-USA/PRO-ACTIVIST JAPANESE WEBSITE OF JAPAN 'HOSTAGE' FOUND/TRANSLATED (IRAQ)

    04/08/2004 8:48:26 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 89 replies · 11,534+ views
    Noriaki Imai Website (in Japanese) ^ | 8 April 2004 | AmericanInTokyo (Freepranslation/Research)
    Discovered, just now, on the internet in Japanese, and translated by Freeper “AmericanInTokyo”. This is the last e-mail dispatch (yesterday) in Japanese by Mr. Imai, who is reported to have been taken hostage and threatened with death by terrorists in Iraq, along with (2) other young Japanese. The writings are on a Japanese language website that gives strong indication that the kidnapped Mr. Noriaki Imai was connected to an anti-American, pro-peace activist group in Japan, with activities centering on "DU" (depleted uranium) and the US mission in Iraq. To readers in Japan, he makes reference to his dangerous travel yesterday...