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Japan to take part in India-U.S. naval exercises again

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  1. CONNAN

    CONNAN Major ELITE MEMBER

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    The Japanese Navy will take part, for the second year running, in the joint naval exercises by India and the United States. These will be held off the Okinawa coast, which has the highest concentration of U.S. Marines in the region.

    The Malabar series of exercises, from April 2 to 10, will include Japanese ships, in keeping with the growing proximity, in a wide variety of spheres, between New Delhi and Tokyo, said government sources.

    India had stopped involving more countries in the Indo-U.S. exercises after China, in 2007, sent demarches to all the participants of a five-nation naval exercise held in the Bay of Bengal. With last year's Japanese participation raising no political storm, India was once again agreeable to the idea of allowing the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force to participate.

    The sources said that as India was keen, following the acquisition of marine heavy-lift capabilities, to engage with the U.S. Marines, the Pentagon agreed to have one such exercise off Okinawa.

    The sources also pointed to the presence of the Chief of Staff of the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force, General Yoshifumi Hibako in the country and to the recent visits to Japan made by the Indian Chiefs of the Navy and the Air Force.

    “We have had all the three service chiefs meeting each other in six months.â€￾

    Japanese interest in developing a robust defence cooperative arrangement with India comes even as a National Defence Programme Guidelines, released recently, mentions three countries as rising powers. Japan has a tense relationship with China and is still negotiating a peace treaty with Russia. India is the only country with which it does not have security issues.

    “It is extremely difficult for countries to individually deal with global security challenges such as access to seas, outer space and cyber space. With India, we are looking for more maritime cooperation, which, needless to say, Japan requires, as it is a trading nation. Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief is the other area,â€￾ said the sources.

    Framed after a gap of seven years and a failed attempt by the former Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, the guidelines bring India into sharp focus. After mentioning the U.S. and the Association of Southwest Asian Nations (ASEAN), its traditional parameters, the guidelines state that Japan must increase its cooperation with India and other countries that share the common interest of enhancing the security of maritime navigation from Africa to the Middle East to East Asia. By entering into a closer bilateral security relationship, India could, in future, get access to platforms and technologies that Japan had made its priorities in the defence arena, such as maritime patrol, air defence, response to ballistic missiles, transportation and command communications.

    The sources also drew attention to the greater importance to be given to India — as was reflected in two key speeches, made by Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, on diplomacy, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Seiji Maehara's address to the Diet. In Mr. Kan's speech, India figured in four out of Japan's five foreign policy pillars while in Mr. Maehara's address, India, though mentioned, was ranked below several other countries with whom Japan wants to strengthen relations.

    The previous attempt to institutionalise a U.S. allies-plus India naval exercises had been abandoned after it drew fire from China. In 2007, a massive Malabar series exercise was held in the Bay of Bengal with the participation of the navies of India, the U.S., Singapore, Australia and Japan. The Left parties held demonstrations on the eastern coast. The issuance of demarches by China to all participants saw Australia, then under the Prime Ministership of Kevin Rudd, breaking ranks. This was followed by other countries also agreeing to go slow on the concept. But the uproar saw Defence Minister A.K. Antony denying any move towards creating a military bloc. “It's only an exercise,â€￾ he had said.

    According to the U.S. Navy, the aim of the exercise is to “strengthen the stability of the Pacific Region,â€￾ but India denies this, deeming it simply as a learning exercise for the Indian Navy. The Navy will concentrate on aspects such as anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, air defence, live-fire gunnery training, and visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations, maintain the sources.

    The Hindu : News / National : Japan to take part in India-U.S. naval exercises again
     
  2. Capt.Popeye

    Capt.Popeye Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    ^^^
    Apropos the above, Japan is getting more assertive strategically. While it will remain under the US defense umbrella, seems to be forging tri-lateral defense ties with other countries.
     
  3. SpArK

    SpArK SorCeroR Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    What i want to see is an air exercise including the F-15s from Japan. Would be awesome.

    So its the next exercise in the western coast that too in malabar coast :smitten:
     
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    The "Malabar" is only in the name of the exercise.

    "The Japanese Navy will take part, for the second year running, in the joint naval exercises by India and the United States. These will be held off the Okinawa coast, which has the highest concentration of U.S. Marines in the region."

    Sorry Benny. :cry:
     
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    SpArK SorCeroR Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Oops my bad... :secret:
     
  6. kaustubhkabboo

    kaustubhkabboo FULL MEMBER

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    Janapn and india can be good friends. Though their Enemy is same. bang bang :sniper:
     
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  7. Tshering22

    Tshering22 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Japan's military profile has been increasing for a long time ever since that trawler was rammed by our peaceful neighbour into their Coast Guard vessel. Japanese have been too passive till now which will cease because warrior culture is in their genes. The Samurai gene of centuries in them will scream for war if they are continued to be harassed-- US must realize that this cannot be supressed. It is what defines Japan.

    I really wish Japanese and we engage more militarily in bilateral format without just US mediation like MALABAR. Joint wargames for all 3 services, especially aerial training. Would love to see MKIs train with F-15Js and later FGFA/AMCAs with ShinShins.
     
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  8. Katsuhiro

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    Your words are kind, honorable sir. I am not a pacifist and do not like the approach my government make before now. We were a power many years before in 1945 and were making wars. But after we accept peace, still other countries want to take Japanese land. This is why we are forced to take strong measures.

    The Shin Shin is not developing along after our government showed the body of the plane to the people. I very much believe we should become more independent of the America because now they have their war to fight. And we have to protect our country so we have to start becoming more serious about our national protection. My humble belief would be that we must start more military training after what happened with us last year. Before we were not very aware of the Indian problem but now we see you have problems with our neighbor also.
     
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    @ Katsuhiro,
    There was a reason why Japan adopted a pacifist stance post-WW2. But that may need to be altered somewhat now. The neighborhood is again getting tense. So some self defense measures may be both necessary and justified. And the world order is changing. Japan should not have to depend on the USA to provide a defense umbrella.
     
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    Its solution is looked after only when problem is arises,Japanese constitution may be pacifist and that is matter of opportunity for Chinese(saw this posted by a Chinese on an another forum)but it cannot be said Japan will remain like this forever in face of increasing belligerence and incursion's of china,Japan is a technologically rich nation,it will be just matter of time it will re-equip itself as force to reckon with just like the older days
     
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    Guys I think the reason why he is not pleased with the pacifism is current situation. Think about it; they accepted peace and grew into an advanced nation. Now PRC seems to take a swing at them . Think about it this way.. we never had a bone with Chinese and still they found it cool to rampage into our land and take our territory in Ladakh. Now imagine the grudge they would have against Japanese after WW2. So naturally Japanese can't afford to stay de-militarized anymore.
     
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    SpArK SorCeroR Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    They seems to be in a hurry regarding military modernization. Not to forget , they had this extra issue with the Russia over the Kuril Islands which is in news since last week.
     
  13. Desi Jatt

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    japan has realised after the fisherman incident, that it needs to be prepared for a military stand off....japan is not a match against china in conventional military power....it remains to be seen if it will ever make changes to its No-Nukes policy.
     
  14. Katsuhiro

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    You all are very correct, sirs. This is our impression so far. We want peace and respect in our neighbour for human life. Our empire did things that is not in the good interest of past, but now this is present. Russia has our north territories islands (in Japanese, we say it Hoppō Ryōdo Mondai). After1945, all the taken provinces have been returned to Germany but our north territories island as Russian government calls Kurile Island, is not returned.

    We do not want war but peace and respect all in our neighbourhood. But more than Russia, China also is making much difficulty and inconvenience for peace and friendly relations. We Japanese are only very happy to respect our neighbouring people but they cannot have our Senkaku Shoto only because they gave it Chinese name.

    This is why I and more national Japanese people think pacifism with aggressive neighbour is not good because it makes us look weak. We are much peaceful but not weak.
     
  15. Naren1987

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    I's like to see the Japanese building their own military hardware again, they came up with some sick-a** weapons in WW2, remember the zero?
    But what I'd like to know is, who the South Koreans side with?
     
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