Paul Kallender-Umezu

Japan Correspondent

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Japan's R&D misfire for defense reform
Since the October 2015 establishment of the 1,800-strong Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency, Japan’s Ministry of Defense has been attempting to streamline its acquisition process and facilitate private-sector research and development. Results have been mixed.
Japan Likely To Bolster Naval Missile Defense
TOKYO — Japan's likely adoption of the advanced Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) capability will greatly improve its combat capabilities and ability to operate with US forces
Japan Pursues Rearmament, Despite Opposition
Efforts by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to normalize Japan's security posture and bolster its US alliance against China hit an obstacle when the Lower House Commission on the Constitution declared Abe's moves unconstitutional. Still, Japan is expected to pass legislation around August to expand the nation's ability to better support the US in the defense of Japan.
Japan's Fighter Procurement Crunch
The purchase of the F-35 should give the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) next-generation intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance performance, but upgrades to Japan's F-2 and F-15 fleets can continue for only so long, and replacements will be needed in the mid-to-late 2020s.
Amphibious Focus, Joint Strategy Drive Japan
Japan's defense buildup, while designed to give the nation's planners a platform to meet emerging threats over the next decade, faces questions about technology integration and how it can afford tomorrow's weapon systems.
Japan Boosts ISR Abilities Across Domains
Japan's defense budget for 2015 prioritizes ISR improvements as the Ministry of Defense attempts to bolster, in particular, its ability to protect Japan's far-flung southeastern island chain.
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