‘Sense Of Crisis’ On China-Taiwan: Japan Defense White Paper

Breaking Defense – Japan’s new Defense White Paper warns that China’s growing military muscle, overflights and naval incursions “have become a matter of grave concern to the region including Japan and the international community,” one which will require new capabilities and doctrine to counter.

For America and Japan, Peace and Security Through Technology, Part 2

CIMSEC – The broader DOD (USN) and MOD (JMSDF) must better leverage emerging technologies and developing concomitant warfare concepts (doctrines) to adapt to the new way of fighting. Otherwise, the United States and Japan risk ceding the technology domain and consequently military superiority in the Indo-Pacific to revisionist China and revanchist Russia.

For America and Japan, Peace and Security Through Technology, Part 1

CIMSEC – This is part one of a two-part series on the urgent need for a bilateral technology roadmap to field and sustain a lethal, resilient, and rapidly adapting technology-enabled Joint Force that can seamlessly conduct high-end maritime operations in the Indo-Pacific.

Japan’s New “Aegis Equipped Ships”: What We Know So Far

Naval News – Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) is trying to build unique ships that will specialize in ballistic missile defense (BMD) using systems originally procured for a land-based installation known as “Aegis Ashore”.

Training Phase Of ARC21 Combined Amphibious Exercise Begins In Japan

Naval News – ARC21 combined amphibious exercise will gather units from Japan, USA, France and Australia in waters around Kyushu.

Japan’s MoD New Aegis-Equipped Missile Defense Ships May Be Multihulls

Naval News – Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) is planning a multihull as one of the proposed designs for the Aegis system equipped ship.

Japan To Introduce 3 New Transport Vessels By 2024

Naval News – On February 16, 2021, Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi announced that the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) will establish a unit equipped with three new transport ships by 2024.

Japan Commissions Its 2nd Li-Ion Battery Submarine JS Tōryū

Naval News – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) today commissioned its 12th and final Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) in Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture.

JMSDF Commissions New Hibiki-Class SURTASS / Ocean Surveillance Ship JS Aki

Naval News – A new ocean surveillance ship, JS Aki (AOS-5203), was commissioned by the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force.

The United States and Japan Still Benefit From Complimentary Maritime Capabilities

War on the Rocks – Japan may be moving to a more independent maritime force structure — will that make the U.S.-Japanese alliance stronger?

Japan’s New Aegis Ships Will Need To Counter Hypersonic Weapons

Naval News – Following the sudden announcement of the suspension of the Aegis Ashore deployment, the Japanese government announced in December 2020 a plan to procure two “Aegis System-equipped ships” for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The ability of these ships to deal with Hypersonic Weapons is a key issue.

MSDF sub crew’s failure to check blind spot probed as collision cause

Asahi – The Maritime Self-Defense Force submarine Soryu’s failure to detect a cargo ship in time to avoid slamming into it while surfacing was likely due to the crew not checking a blind spot in its sonar, investigative sources said.

Check Out The Damage To This Japanese Submarine After It Collided With A Cargo Ship

War Zone – A collision between a Japanese submarine and a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean has resulted in injuries to at least three submariners, according to initial reports. The incident occurred today at 10:58 AM local time, around 25 miles southeast of Cape Ashizuri, in the waters off the island of Shikoku, which lies southwest of Japan’s main island of Honshu.

Japan To Greatly Extend Range Of Type 12 Anti-Ship Missiles, Modify It For F-15J

Naval News – On December 18, 2020, the Japanese government decided to extend the range of Type 12 surface-to-ship missiles (SSM) manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. What’s more: The missile could be modified into an air-launched variant for the F-15J fighters.

Japan To Field New ASM-3A Long Range Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile

Naval News – Extended range version of ASM-3 is being mass produced in response to China’s maritime expansion.

Japan suspicious as Chinese, South Korean companies buy land near military sites

South China Morning Post – A suspicious increase in the number of foreign companies purchasing plots of land close to Japanese military installations has prompted Tokyo to consider restricting such sales.

Japan, USA And France Set For Combined Amphibious Exercise

Naval News – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the U.S. Navy, and the French Navy will take part in combined amphibious drills in Japan’s remote Islands in May 2021.

Japan’s MoD May Build Additional Aegis Destroyers As Aegis Ashore Alternative

Naval News – According to multiple Japanese media reports, the Japanese government is considering to build additional Aegis destroyers for the JMSDF as an alternative solution to Aegis Ashore.

U.S. Navy And Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Conduct Large Mine Warfare Exercise

Naval News – The U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, began the at sea portion of Mine Warfare Exercise (MINEX) 3JA 2020 off the coast of southwestern Japan, Nov. 20.

Japan Coast Guard And JMSDF Planning To Use UAVs For Ocean Surveillance

Naval News – The Japan Coast Guard has demonstrated the General Atomics’ MQ-9B SeaGuardian capabilities to local media.

East China Sea: Japan’s plan to counter Beijing in Diaoyus with jetfighter upgrades hits money snag

South China Morning Post – Rising costs have significantly delayed Tokyo’s plans to deploy F-15 fighter jets capable of launching cruise missiles against ships or land targets, with Beijing’s ongoing activities close to disputed islands in the East China Sea underlining the importance of the new deterrent to the Japanese military.

Japan Considers Building Two Super-Sized Destroyers As An Alternative To Aegis Ashore

War Zone – Reports from the Japanese media say that the government is looking into the feasibility of procuring two new “super-destroyers” as an alternative to the pair of land-based Aegis Ashore systems, work on which was suspended earlier this year amid technical issues, rising costs, and domestic criticism. 

Senkaku Islands: Could the U.S. Military and Japan Really Land Troops?

National Interest – James Holmes writes let’s speculate about what a deployment to the uninhabited islets—which adjoin Japan’s Ryukyu Islands but constitute an archipelago distinct from the Ryukyus—might look like. Start with the extreme case. If troops alighted on the Senkakus, would they build a permanent base? Doubtful—though less doubtful than in the past.