Hubris Led to the Japanese Carrier Fleet’s Doom at Midway
A devil’s advocate is a precious commodity. That has to be one of the takeaways from revisiting the Battle of Midway 75 years on, and it should be etched on the internal workings of any martial institution that wants to survive and thrive amid the rigors, danger and sheer orneriness... Read more
In 1905, Japanese Battleships Pulverized a Russian Fleet
In late May 2017, it will be 112 years since the Imperial Japanese Navy’s catastrophic defeat of the Imperial Russian Navy during the Battle of Tsushima. The clash in question was a result of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 and 1905 — a conflict provoked by the Russian search... Read more
Drone Wingmen for Japanese Fighter Jocks
The Japanese military wants a drone wingman to accompany its future F-3 fighters into combat starting in the 2030s. The concept — similar to the U.S. military’s own “Loyal Wingman” drone initiative — and could help Japanese fighter pilots make up for the numerical superiority of potential enemies. The Japanese defense ministry’s Acquisition,... Read more
Under Food Nerds’ Watchful Gaze, Japan Attempts a Combat Rations Makeover
Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force is about to ditch canned rations in favor of boil-in-the-bag packets similar to American ration packs. Japan’s canned Type I Combat Rations have fed the nation’s troops since the army’s founding in 1954. For the past 16 years, the military has also fielded the Type... Read more
In 1990, the U.S. Government Accidentally Gave Up a Nuclear Secret
In mid-February 2016, the U.S. government finally admitted what observers had long known — that the Pentagon stashed atomic weapons on the Japanese island of Okinawa during the Cold War. This despite repeated official denials and Tokyo’s long-standing opposition to nuclear weapons. The National Security Archive at George Washington... Read more
Japan’s Stealth Fighter Prototype Should Finally Fly in February
Japan’s Advanced Technology Demonstrator-Experimental, also known as the ATD-X or X-2, will fly from Nagoya Airport to Gifu Air Base at the end of February, according to the Japanese defense ministry. This will be the first flight of the high-tech testbed and a major step toward Tokyo’s plans for... Read more
Tokyo’s First Major Military Export Will Be a Seaplane
In April 2014 the Japanese government finally lifted its postwar ban on the export of defense products. Tokyo approved its first arms export this summer — the supply of PAC-2 missile parts to the U.S., which will then sell the completed Patriot missiles to Qatar. It’s only a matter... Read more
To Survive Nagasaki Was to Witness Armageddon
Korean and Chinese workers, prisoners of war, and mobilized adults and students had returned to their work sites; some dug or repaired shelters,... Read more
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