Naval News – ARC21 combined amphibious exercise will gather units from Japan, USA, France and Australia in waters around Kyushu.
Naval News – Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) is planning a multihull as one of the proposed designs for the Aegis system equipped ship.
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.
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.
Japanese Ministry of Defense – This latest set of major reports from Japan’s Defense Ministry.
Naval News – A new ocean surveillance ship, JS Aki (AOS-5203), was commissioned by the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force.
War on the Rocks – Japan may be moving to a more independent maritime force structure — will that make the U.S.-Japanese alliance stronger?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Naval News – Extended range version of ASM-3 is being mass produced in response to China’s maritime expansion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Naval News – The Japan Coast Guard has demonstrated the General Atomics’ MQ-9B SeaGuardian capabilities to local media.
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.
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.
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.
War Zone – Land-based Japanese F-35As trained alongside the U.S. Navy’s first-in-class amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) in the western Pacific during “advanced combined operations” earlier this week. The integrated air defense training involving Japanese and American forces comes as Japan works toward its own future carrier capability using the Joint Strike Fighter.
Naval News – Japan’s newest submarine “Taigei” (previously known as 29SS) was launched today at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) shipyard in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture.
War on the Rocks – A centerpiece in Japan’s defense modernization efforts designed to deter a resurgent China is the development of an amphibious warfare capability.
CIMSEC – With all branches of Japan state power now investing in Southeast Asian maritime security, this region is cementing as a new nexus in Japan’s maritime strategy. The scope, strategic intent, and likely future development of Japan’s maritime security activities in Southeast Asia merits closer examination.
– US Navy War College Review – While the United States and Japan share many values, their legal systems take distinct approaches to authorizing military operations. But the two approaches converge within the alliance structure—especially important with regard to implementing the international law of self-defense.