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Japan Lets Its New Defense Budget Do The Talking Over Island Dispute
TBI ^ | 2-2-2013 | Robert Johnson

Posted on 02/02/2013 7:25:20 AM PST by blam

Japan Lets Its New Defense Budget Do The Talking Over Island Dispute

Robert Johnson
February 2, 2013, 5:11 AM

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) escort ship "Kurama" leads other vessels during a fleet review in water off Sagami Bay, south of Tokyo

Japan's prime minister announced his country will vigorously defend itself against all Chinese threats following a series of confrontations over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu island chain.

Purchased by Japan, the islands' ownership is hotly contested by China, which for several months has sent ships, reconnaissance planes, and fighter jets to the area to face off against Japanese forces. It has become a tense and somewhat dangerous game, with no end in sight.

In response, Japan has increased its defense budget for the first time in 11 years with a focus on Coast Guard expansion and increased surveillance abilities.

The boost in spending is important and symbolic, though not terribly dramatic, rising only .08 percent over last year. It does, however, announce Tokyo's intent to China and any other country laying claim to the disputed island chain.

Increased military power is one of many changes to be ushered in by new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who made these most recent remarks during a speech to Japan's Self-Defence Force's in the country's south.

From The Straits Times:

"The security environment surrounding our country is increasingly becoming more severe as we face provocation to our territorial rights," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

"I will take the lead to stand up against the present danger and protect the people's lives and asset, as well as our land, the seas and the air at all costs."

(snip)

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; islands; japan; military

1 posted on 02/02/2013 7:25:33 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

.o8 percent is not “at all costs”.


2 posted on 02/02/2013 7:35:16 AM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: blam

“Purchased by Japan, the islands’ ownership is hotly contested by China,”

Purchased from what country?


3 posted on 02/02/2013 7:42:26 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: blam

The second ship in line is displaying tho rising sun flag.


4 posted on 02/02/2013 7:46:51 AM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: blam

Helicopter carrier? Their build or foreign purchase?


5 posted on 02/02/2013 7:47:08 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: blam

6 posted on 02/02/2013 7:51:05 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Wiki: "The Japanese central government formally annexed the islands on 14 January 1895, naming them Senkaku, or “Pinnacled Pavilions.”[22] Around 1900, Japanese entrepreneur Koga Tatsushirō (古賀 辰四郎?) constructed a bonito processing plant on the islands with 200 workers. The business failed in 1940 and the islands have remained deserted ever since.[21] In the 1970s, Koga Tatsushirō's son Zenji Koga and Zenji's wife Hanako sold four islets to the Kurihara family of Saitama Prefecture. Kunioki Kurihara[23] owned Uotsuri, Kita-Kojima, and Minami-Kojima. Kunioki's sister owns Kuba.[24] The islands came under US government occupation in 1945 after the surrender of Japan ended World War II.[21] In 1969, the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE) identified potential oil and gas reserves in the vicinity of the Senkaku Islands.[25] In 1971, the Okinawa Reversion Treaty passed the U.S. Senate, returning the islands to Japanese control in 1972.[26] Also in 1972, the Taiwanese and Chinese governments officially began to declare ownership of the islands.[27] Since the islands reverted to Japanese government control in 1972, the mayor of Ishigaki has been given civic authority over the territory. The Japanese central government, however, has prohibited Ishigaki from surveying or developing the islands.[21][28] In 1979 an official delegation from the Japanese government composed of 50 academics, government officials from the Foreign and Transport ministries, officials from the now-defunct Okinawa Development Agency, and Hiroyuki Kurihara, visited the islands and camped on Uotsuri for about four weeks. The delegation surveyed the local ecosystem, finding moles and sheep, studied the local marine life, and examined whether the islands would support human habitation.[24]
7 posted on 02/02/2013 7:51:23 AM PST by rbmillerjr (We have No Opposition to Obama's Socialist Agenda)
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To: Psalm 73

All the ships in the photo have the look and feel of a certain “sameness” about them. My guess is domestic design and build.


8 posted on 02/02/2013 7:59:32 AM PST by staytrue
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

Of course they are flying that flag; it IS the Japanese naval ensign.


9 posted on 02/02/2013 8:00:32 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Taiwan. It's not an irrational action from China's point of view.

They see Taiwan as a breakaway rogue state selling Chinese land to a long-time rival, Japan.

This could get ugly...

10 posted on 02/02/2013 8:00:43 AM PST by varyouga
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
"Purchased from what country?"

From a link in the article: The dispute between Asia’s two largest economies reignited after the Japanese government bought three of the islands from a private owner in September. The move set off riots in China, damaging the $340 billion bilateral trade relationship.

11 posted on 02/02/2013 8:03:21 AM PST by Truth29
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To: varyouga
It's not an irrational action from China's point of view.

Good point. I wonder how the US would feel if Russia formally annexed a few small ininhabited islands off the coast of Oregon.

12 posted on 02/02/2013 8:13:09 AM PST by Leaning Right
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To: blam

More technology is required to produce new Toyotas then a nuclear bomb.


13 posted on 02/02/2013 8:15:18 AM PST by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: blam

Two things you never mess with is Texas and Japan.

14 posted on 02/02/2013 8:15:47 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

You mean they're flying the meatball?

15 posted on 02/02/2013 8:20:43 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: varyouga

Taiwan did not exist as a nation in 1895. Please try again.


16 posted on 02/02/2013 9:01:11 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Promotional Fee Paid for by "Ouchies" The Sharp, Prickly Toy You Bathe With!)
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To: rbmillerjr

Thanks! Normally I would have done a search, but I’ve been trying to catch up on all the other topics.


17 posted on 02/02/2013 9:07:56 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: varyouga

In 1972, the islands were placed under Japanese authority under the Okinawa Reversion Treaty. The islands belong to Japan. China is just trying to distract its population from economic instability and the growing wealth gap. They’ll be claiming that the Philippines is part of their sovereign territory in a few years.

I would agree that this could get ugly, and likely will. Some trigger-happy pilot will shoot at something, and then in no time at all, missiles will fly.


18 posted on 02/02/2013 9:21:28 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

It’s been the ensign of the Maritime Self-Defense Force since 1954.


19 posted on 02/02/2013 9:56:46 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (I think, therefore I am what I yam, and that's all I yam - "Popeye" Descartes)
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To: Psalm 73
"Helicopter carrier? Their build or foreign purchase?"

I don't know. I wonder if it can handle the Harrier jet?

20 posted on 02/02/2013 10:03:00 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

The harrier can take off and land vertically depending on how much payload it is carrying.

They use a ski jump when fully loaded with bombs and fuel.

They land vertically after a mission has delivered the bombs and have less fuel.


21 posted on 02/02/2013 12:44:28 PM PST by staytrue
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To: Psalm 73; blam
It's a Hyuga-class helicopter carrier. They're built in Japan, and there are two in service. If fitted with a jump-ramp, it would be capable of flying Harriers. The Japanese are building two, much larger carriers, the 22DDH project. Those ships will be much larger and capable of handling F-35Bs. Here's a size comparison of the Hyuga and the 22DDH.

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22 posted on 02/02/2013 12:46:37 PM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: Psalm 73

The more I think about it, it has to be Japanese design and build.

Germany has not built a ship since Bismark. The Italians and French boats are floating jokes. The Japs would rather slit their thoats than buy from the chinese or russians.
The ships are not of US origin.

That would leave the English and the Japs. Both are island nations with long histories of powerful navies.

I see no reason for Japan to purchase from England though.

So I conclude, the ships are Japanese design and manufacture.


23 posted on 02/02/2013 12:48:42 PM PST by staytrue
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