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Posted in: Exporting next-generation fighter jet would serve national interest: Kishida See in context

@Samit Basu

India doesn't have the capability to develop it on their own. They have no aerospace industry nor capable material manufacturing industry to provide the necessary knowhow to design ormanufacture a 6th generation much like SK.

They will need to procure the engine and all other parts from abroad as well as the various manufacturing processes.

What they will likely do is sign a procurement contact with a clause stipulating that they can obtain some licensing permits to manufacture some components as a start.

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Posted in: Exporting next-generation fighter jet would serve national interest: Kishida See in context

Samit BasuToday  08:19 am JST

For multinational projects like GCAP, export territories are dived up among partner nations.

UK is likely to get Middle East and Australia, Italy gets Europe, and Japan gets Asia.

Within Asia, there is just single potential market, Singapore. Taiwan would also like to buy, but Japan cannot sell to Taiwan due to the fear of Chinese retaliations.

This leaves Japan wanting to demand Australia as its marketing territory, but I doubt UK would concede Australia to Japan.

You're forgetting India which may become one of the biggest operators excluding Japan and UK.

India till recently had procured most of their fighter planes from Russia but with recent relevation of the actual performance campared to spec sheet performace they would be most likely look for an alternative source.

India also does not want to lean too closely with the US so the natural option would be European/Japanese models.

India has considered Japanese planes in the past and with GB partnering in this project, India will be more than eager to look in as their next generation fighter planes.

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Posted in: Defense minister urges ruling parties to approve fighter jet exports See in context

ProtestantToday  07:22 am JST

The Italians and the British have the know-how, without question. What possibly can the Japanese offer in terms of any plausible expertise to the mix? Think about it.

Ever heard about Ceramic composite fibers?

How about gallium nitride power semi-conductors?

How about the newly developed adhesive bonding method?

You certainly should know about Carbon composites which Japan has a virtual monopoly of?

Newly powered AESA radars that can double as microwave disruption beam emitters?

How about the XF-91 engine that can generate 108kN dry and over 147kN thrust with after burners?

How about the 250kW on-board electric generator recently developed by IHI?

I can go on.

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Posted in: FX reaches back over 400 years for its next series, adapting hit novel 'Shogun' See in context

The story is based on a true historical figure, Willam Adam AKA Miura Anjin who did reach Japan in the start ofthe 17th century who was befriend Tokugawa Ieyasu.

He was promoted as a samurai and stayed in Japan till the end.

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Posted in: Japan's Defense Ministry hosts Singapore Airshow display for 1st time See in context

There are several subvariants of the Mark 41, and you need the longest one to fit the Tomahawk. Since the Mogami is built before they decided on having Tomahawks, choosing the Strike version would mean an un-necessary volume, weight and cost penalty. If by then they were already covertly considering the possibility in the future they'd load Tomahawks, one way to sneak the capability on in advance is by getting the Strike version, but otherwise it won't be.

Even if the strike version are not equipped to the Mogami class with small modifications, the Mogami class is built to incorporate the Mk.41 system so she can accept the strike version.

A modular system is built to accept the largest variant, or it will be disgnated as another class.

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Posted in: Japan's Defense Ministry hosts Singapore Airshow display for 1st time See in context

obfuscate the issue?

No just shining light to the truth.

Looks as if the the light has shown someone's their true colors as well. LoL

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Posted in: Japan's Defense Ministry hosts Singapore Airshow display for 1st time See in context

Desert TortoiseToday  04:48 am JST

Mogami class doesn't carry strike length VLS cells able to accept the long canisters used for Tomahawk

No, Mogami class are equipped with Mk 41 VLS which is capable of accepting Tomahawks.

Japan also has the advanced Mogami class(Nex gen. FFM) which will start construction from this year. She will be larger than the Mogami class weighing in at 6,200 tonnes full load and 32 VLS cells.

The next gen. FFM is the one considered by the Australians not the present Mogami class.

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Posted in: Japan's Defense Ministry hosts Singapore Airshow display for 1st time See in context

YubaruToday  08:08 am JST

No where does it state, Japan can't sell war, but for all the years following the war, until Abe 1, that is how everyone interpreted it to mean, including all the countries in the region that were victims of Japan during the war.

Which nations are you talking about?

Besides Republic of China (not People Republic of China) there were no independent nations within the East/South East Asian region other were European/American colonies.

Many indigenous people living under European/American subjugation were liberated through Japan's action declaring war.

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Posted in: Private sector participation key for Japan's support for Ukraine See in context

Ramsey's KitchenToday  11:12 am JST

Have looked at Japan's unemployment rate recently? It's at record lows with most people looking for a job can get one.

Rapidly falling working age population tends to do that. Noticed any foreigner workers around lately.. gee I dunno, say in your local conbini?

Showing demand is overrunning supply. Japan is in a much better situation compared to countries like PRC or South Korea where they have a larger aging population problem with youth unemployment rate high up in double digits or stopped announcing it all together where young people had just gave up taking it "Laying Down"!!

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Posted in: Japan's ¥43 trillion defense spending plan still insufficient: experts See in context

isabelle

The usual, fallacious "US says; Japan does" line. The situation is, in fact, very different.

During the Trump presidency, Japan saw that the US may not be as reliable as it thought, if he (or someone like him) is in power. Trump has flat out just said that he won't defend NATO, and if he were in power and deems - in his own, mentally-challenged way - that Japan isn't paying him enough, he wouldn't defend Japan either, despite the concrete alliance.

Unfortunately whether it be someone like or Trump or not, the US playing the role of world police is coming to the end and each nation will need to defend with less reliance on the US.

The reason why the US is doing what they are doing right now is to ensure the steady flow of US currency in the global market as the main transactional currency. This is secured through global oil purchase mainly done through the US dollar arranged through OPEC-US deal but the carbon economy is coming to an end with slow transition to other source of energy like Hydrogen which is not limited to regional reserves. When hydrogen becomes a majority, the US has little benefit acting as the world police.

Basically there is no such thing such as free lunch.

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Posted in: Private sector participation key for Japan's support for Ukraine See in context

JeffLeeToday  09:15 am JST

Nice theory. But the reality is that as corporate Japan's profits have soared, their workers' real wages have fallen.

Have looked at Japan's unemployment rate recently?

It's at record lows with most people looking for a job can get one.

That equates to more money into the economy. Wages can be mesured in various ways.

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Posted in: Private sector participation key for Japan's support for Ukraine See in context

Mr KiplingToday  07:57 am JST

Of course! Just like ALL other aid projects, Japan will give money to Japanese companies to provide goods and services.Everybody wins, including the Japanese tax payer.

Here fixed it for you. With money injected into the Japanese companies it will be used to pay wages to the employees which will circulate into the Japanese economy as a whole. It' macro economy 101. LoL

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Posted in: Private sector participation key for Japan's support for Ukraine See in context

deanzaZZRToday  07:33 am JST

China is going to mop the floor as it is currently the tofu dreg infrastructure building king.

Here fixed it for you.

I seriously doubt Ukraine will consider asking CCP in rebuilding anything within their borders.

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Posted in: Japan's ¥43 trillion defense spending plan still insufficient: experts See in context

Japan could have made a better use of its defense budget by deciding to develop its own cruise missiles rather than buying U.S-made Tomahawks designed decades ago.

Japan is developing it's own long range missiles, the type 12 advanced cruise missiles with a range of 1500Km to go online around 2026.

The US tomahawk missiles are merely a stopgap for Japan.

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Posted in: Seoul court approves seizure of Japanese firm's funds over wartime labor See in context

So long South Josen. You will not be missed.

The Japanese government can now cut all ties with South Josen and freeze all assets within Japan owned by South Josen companies until South Josen government sits down with an arbitrator and clear out what had been agreed and rectifiy the problem based on the 1965 Treaty.

No the South Josen jurdicial system does not trump international treaties and neither the South Josen legistrative or administrative branch can't wash their hands blaming it on the judicial branch. The treaty was signed by two nations and not any single branch of a government.

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Posted in: Japan advances in Asian Cup with 3-1 win against Indonesia See in context

A soft penalty and an own goal against the might of Indonesia, hardly a convincing win but certainly better than the Iraq performance.

Hugging on and throwing the opponent in soccer is not considered "soft" penalty. I don't know where the referee's eyes are not blowing the whistle and only stopping it after VAR had to step in. That penalty should had been a yellow.

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Posted in: Kamikawa pledges $37 mil aid for Ukraine via NATO See in context

mountainpearToday  10:44 am JST

She's not actually giving money to Ukraine. She's giving equipment worth $37 000 000! So, the money is going from the Japanese government into Japanese manufacturer's pockets.

Not quite. The money is going to NATO in which will be going to European manufacturer's pocket to obtain the needed equipment not Japanese manufacturers as described within the article.

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Posted in: Gov't overrides Okinawa objection to OK U.S. base transfer work See in context

Does anyone know what legal justification Denny had claimed not to sign the approval for the construction?

Basically the governor can't just deny approval without some kind of legal justification or the governor would be himself snagged for dereliction of duty.

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Posted in: Okinawa rejects court order to OK revised U.S. base transfer plan See in context

You comment like Okinawa is a sovereign country. Taiwan and Japan are allies.

Like us both, both nations knows this. The question is does either Denny or the Okinawa Chinese sympathizer knows it?

Before COVID(CCP Flu), Chinese tourist flooded Okinawa and the two Okinawa local news paper companies were also flooded with Chinese ads. Now both suddenly drying up, the Okinawa local government as well as the local economy is now stuck between a rock and hard place with all the Chinese money flowing in boldening them to go against the central government, now with Chinese money drying up they hav no place to lower their fists.

Denny being too proud can't take back their demands but requires funds to be injected into the local economy. Taiwan would be the logical choice without showing weakness against the cnetral government to his constituents.

Now Taiwan and Japan can play good cop bad cop to force Denny into submission without Denny losing face completely.

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Posted in: Okinawa rejects court order to OK revised U.S. base transfer plan See in context

Okinawa demanding anti-US bases is completely the wrong way. They should focus on binding a stronger relationship with Taiwan instead.

Presently Taiwan has more economic power per capita than Mainland China and Taiwan wants to tie a stronger relationship with Japan. Okinawa having a closer geological distance with Taiwan is in an ideal position acting as a focal point to strengthen relationship between Japan and Taiwan.

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Posted in: Okinawa rejects court order to OK revised U.S. base transfer plan See in context

Honestly the two Okinawa newspapers needs to have their editors changed.

Both Okinawa Times and Okinawa Shinpo are both too biased to provide their readers a balanced news. They both agitate their readers like Asahi Newspaper that had lost more than 30% of their readers due to Seiji Yoshida Fiasco, completely neglecting their journalist's duty to fact check before publishing a story which turned out to be completely fabricated which led to the present Ianfu problem and till this day Asahi Newspaper had not published a proper correction to the articles nor a public aplogy in publishing fabricated articles.

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Posted in: Gov't to bypass Okinawa governor and approve U.S. base relocation See in context

Japan is not a Republic, the local government is an extension of the central government of Japan. The local government is a branch of the central government and has little power to resist. It's like mid management revolting against the CEO.

As for "Majority of Okinawans", do we have a census proving this?

Please don't include the "citizens on paper only" who transfer their resistration to Okinawa while their actual residence is somewhere on the mainland and resister as they move to protest to wherever they wish.

If that is the case then you need to take census of ALL Japanese citizens since it envolves us all.

As for US bases I live near several, the Atsugi Airbase is about 10Km away, Yokosuka navy port, there is even a Military residential camp about a Km away from where I reside. The US band plays at our local summer festival each year.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders 2 Japanese companies to compensate wartime Korean workers for forced labor See in context

Sorry Samit Basu but the violation is clear and if SK has a problem with it then they can take it to either the international court or take it up with the US. We can clarify the Takeshima issue while we are at it.

See you in court!!

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Posted in: S Korean court orders 2 Japanese companies to compensate wartime Korean workers for forced labor See in context

Here is what is probably going to happen.

With the seizure of Japanese company's asset and property within SK, the Japanese govenment after notification to the SK Government will freeze SK company's asset stating that SK had violated the 1965 treaty therefore until the issue is solved the treaty which returned Japanese assets within the Korean peninsula will be considered void till BOTH nations had confirmed that the treaty had been complied.

Basically within the Japanese government's eyes, it doesn't matter if the treaty had been violated by the legistrative, administrative OR the judicial branch since the treaty had been ratified between two nations as a whole and not between any branches of that nation.

Japan will also pressure WTO to take punitive actions against SK, forcing tariffs on any products exported out of SK utilizing any of the seized assets at the destination ports. US will enforce this tariff since the US was the arbitrator of this treaty.

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Posted in: Japan eyes shipping Patriot missiles to U.S. upon easing export rules See in context

Calm down.

Surface to Air missiles(SAM) armed within their own borders are used for defense.

Especially large extensive system like the Patriot missiles are not designed for the operators to pickup and move at a moment's notice.

Weather it be stationed in Ukraine or Israel, they are for defensive purposes.

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Posted in: Seoul says Japan inaction means 'comfort women' court ruling upheld See in context

It is not that at all. This is not a dispute between branches of the Korean government but rather an international dispute between two sovereign nations. If Korea want to sue the Japanese government, it should first renounce the 2015 agreement and take their case before the International Court of Justice.

I agree but that is the sole duty of the administrative branch, and is completely off limits of the judicial branch which the SK court has completely violated, questioning if SK is a nation ruled by law or is it another banana republic?

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Posted in: Seoul says Japan inaction means 'comfort women' court ruling upheld See in context

Basically it's the South Korean court making a political message violating the core principal of separation of power in which judicial system MUST be free from any bias to maintain a fair trial.

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Posted in: Japan pledges $4.5 bil more in aid for Ukraine, including $1 bil in humanitarian funds See in context

To pretend Ukraine is a strategic partner for Japan and there is mutual back scratching going on is just plain delusional.

Ukraine does need to be strategic partners, hell they don't even require to export their agricultural products to Japan, helping them releasing their supply to the world releives the demand pressure resulting to lowering the grain price in International trade. It's called Demand and supply. You may have heard about it in Economy for dummies. LoL

Once demand for food is satisfied, the world economy for industrial goods will go up rising demand on Hi-tech Japanese manufactured goods which will increase the value of Yen resulting to stemming inflation in Japan.

That is what scratching each other backs really means!!

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Posted in: Japan pledges $4.5 bil more in aid for Ukraine, including $1 bil in humanitarian funds See in context

Some people here really can't grasp the benefits for Japan for Ukraine returning back to normal.

Ukraine is a major exporter of various agricultural products such as cereal vital to all people. The hike of various dairy, poultry/eggs, etc. is due to Ukraine not being able to export their agricultural products straining supply.

Basically the price of those products are not going down until things goes back to normal which requires money.

In a nutshell, Japan is scratching Ukraine's back so they can scratch ours.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Japan to compensate former 'comfort women' See in context

The most sticking point that many doesn't mention is a court of one country either civil or criminal does not have any power and not even be able to appeal another sovereign entity as a defendant. This is litigation law 101 in ANY COUNTRY.

The law/power of court of one nation is limited within that nation's sovereign boundaries and DOES NOT extend outside of that sovereign boundary.

The only remedy for this kind of is through international court

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