2019年07月07日

ジェーンズ・ディフェンス・ウィークリーに書き始めて丸10年。これまでに308本の記事を書いていた。

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英語ブログを更新しようと、ジェーンズ・ディフェンス・ウィークリーへの執筆記事を見ていたら、ジェーンズには2009年1月から今まで、東京特派員として計308本の記事を書いていたことが分かりました。(ただし、途中ハフポスト日本版編集長時代などは執筆なし)。non-native speaker of Englishとして、我ながらよく書き続けてきたと思います。また、ジェーンズは軍事専門誌ですから、なかなか中身のないニュース記事は、いつもロンドンのデスクから提案段階ではじかれます。記事掲載の基準はかなりハードです。

艱難辛苦は覚悟の上。引き続き、日本からアジアへ、アジアから世界へ、をモットーに内外にガンガンと発信し続けていきたい!燃える闘魂!元気があれば何でもできる手(グー)



04 Jul 2019 MHI commences construction of new submarine class for JMSDF

01 Jul 2019 Raytheon awarded RAM GMLS contract for USN, Japan

27 Jun 2019 JMSDF minesweeper damaged in collision with cargo ship

27 Jun 2019 JMSDF, JCG hold first joint drill in South China Sea

24 Jun 2019 JMSDF to participate in ‘Talisman Sabre’ military exercise for first time

21 Jun 2019 Japanese Bell UH-1J utility helicopter makes crash landing

21 Jun 2019 Mitsui unveils design proposal for JMSDF’s OPV plans

20 Jun 2019 Tokyo accuses two Russian Tu-95 bombers of violating Japanese airspace

12 Jun 2019 Japan mulls acquiring early warning satellite capability to detect ballistic missiles

10 Jun 2019 Spatial disorientation likely cause of F-35A crash, says Japanese MoD

07 Jun 2019 Japan finds body parts of missing F-35A pilot

04 Jun 2019 Japan ends search operation for crashed F-35A fighter


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17 May 2019 Japan awards contract extension for development of new ship-launched SAM system

16 May 2019 Tokyo resumes plans to replace JGSDF’s Type 96 armoured vehicles

08 May 2019 Japan, US Navy recover parts of crashed F-35A’s flight data recorder

23 Apr 2019 US, Japan agree to boost space, cyber-security co-operation

17 Apr 2019 Japan, Philippines commit to further defence co-operation

16 Apr 2019 Update: Number of JASDF scrambles in FY 2018 second highest on record, says MoD

15 Apr 2019 Number of JASDF scrambles in FY 2018 second highest on record, says MoD

10 Apr 2019 US Department of State approves possible sale of 56 SM-3 Block IB missiles to Japan

10 Apr 2019 JASDF grounds F-35A fleet following crash

09 Apr 2019 Japanese F-35A fighter aircraft goes missing during training exercise

09 Apr 2019 Japanese Aegis Ashore will not feature CEC system

26 Mar 2019 Japan sets up three military camps on southwestern islands

20 Mar 2019 Japan to develop long-range air-to-surface cruise missiles

18 Mar 2019 Japan commissions 10th Soryu-class submarine

12 Mar 2019 Kongsberg awarded contract to supply JSMs for Japanese F-35s

12 Mar 2019 Subaru hands over UH-X helicopter prototype to Japanese MoD

08 Mar 2019 Japan’s OH-1 helicopters resume flight operations

05 Mar 2019 Japan commissions second Asahi-class guided-missile destroyer

21 Feb 2019 Komatsu to stop developing LAV for JGSDF

20 Feb 2019 JASDF F-2 fighter crashes into Sea of Japan

19 Feb 2019 Mitsubishi Electric to provide F-35 avionics maintenance from 2025


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12 Feb 2019 Tokyo to send JGSDF members to multinational force in Sinai

06 Feb 2019 Japan cancels Izumo’s port call in South Korea amid bilateral tensions

30 Jan 2019 US State Department approves proposed sale of two Aegis Weapon Systems to Japan

24 Jan 2019 Japan sees rise in rate of response to Chinese aircraft flights

24 Jan 2019 South Korea releases images of ‘threatening close-distance flight’ by Japanese MPA

23 Jan 2019 South Korea accuses Japanese MPA of ‘threatening close-distance flight’

21 Jan 2019 Japan releases audio file in ‘final statement’ on radar lock-on dispute with South Korea

15 Jan 2019 Japan to develop electronic warfare aircraft


27 Dec 2018 Prototype of Japan’s UH-X helicopter conducts maiden flight

21 Dec 2018 Japan Self-Defense Forces receive significant boost in 2019 budget

18 Dec 2018 Japan to spend more than USD240 billion on defence over next five years

13 Dec 2018 Japan’s ruling coalition approves modification of Izumo-class helicopter carriers for F-35B ops

05 Dec 2018 Japan plans to replace 99 ageing F-15s with F-35A and F-35B fighters

03 Dec 2018 Japan seeks shipboard-capable helicopters to replace Cobra

27 Nov 2018 Japan considers procuring F-35B for its Izumo-class helicopter carriers

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21 Nov 2018 Japan plans to set up a space corps

02 Nov 2018 MHI to build two new multirole frigates for JMSDF

30 Oct 2018 US Forces Japan sets up new missile defence command

25 Oct 2018 Japan to build contingency infrastructure for US forces

16 Oct 2018 Japan developing vehicle-mounted IED detection system

12 Oct 2018 Japan to buy nine more E-2D aircraft from the United States

08 Oct 2018 Japan to skip fleet review in South Korea over flag row

02 Oct 2018 Japanese prime minister appoints new defence minister

27 Sep 2018 Japan developing hypersonic glide weapon to defend remote islands


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24 Sep 2018 Tokyo to delay deployment of Osprey tiltrotors amid local opposition

17 Sep 2018 JMSDF submarine takes part in South China Sea exercise

13 Sep 2018 Japan, US successfully conduct BMD intercept flight test from JS Atago

04 Sep 2018 Japan spots 28 Russian naval ships sailing through La Perouse Strait

03 Sep 2018 Japan’s Improved Atago-class to field SM-6 air-defence missiles

31 Aug 2018 Japanese MoD asks for 2.1% budget increase for FY 2019

28 Aug 2018 Japanese defence White Paper highlights ‘North Korea’s imminent threat’

28 Aug 2018 Japan to establish committee on space, cyberspace defence capabilities

23 Aug 2018 US to deploy five CV-22 Osprey tiltrotors to Yokota Air Base

07 Aug 2018 Japan confirms development of electromagnetic railgun


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31 Jul 2018 Japan withdraws PAC-3 missile interceptors as North Korea-related tensions ease

30 Jul 2018 Japan launches first Improved Atago-class destroyer

30 Jul 2018 Lockheed Martin to provide radar for Japan’s Aegis Ashore BMD systems

06 Jul 2018 Japan to despatch helicopter carrier to South China Sea

29 Jun 2018 PLAN hospital ship enters Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands' contiguous zone for first time

15 Jun 2018 Japan displays new NBC decontamination set

13 Jun 2018 Japan launches another intelligence-gathering satellite

22 May 2018 Japan to gather intelligence from privately operated nanosatellites

21 May 2018 Japan orders third Hibiki-class ocean surveillance ship

09 May 2018 Japan, China agree on emergency communications mechanism


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01 May 2018 Japan’s MoD releases study looking at F-35B for carrier ops

23 Apr 2018 Liaoning carrier group conducts first ‘combat exercise’ in Western Pacific

17 Apr 2018 Japan, China resume military exchange after six years as relations improve

13 Apr 2018 Japan scrambled fighter aircraft 904 times in FY 2017

05 Apr 2018 Japan to upgrade radar system on Iwo Jima

27 Mar 2018 JGSDF reorganises under single command, launches Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade

20 Mar 2018 JMSDF commissions new submarine rescue ship

19 Mar 2018 JMSDF commissions second Awaji-class minesweeper

13 Mar 2018 JMSDF commissions ninth Soryu-class submarine

13 Mar 2018 Japan commissions first Asahi-class destroyer

28 Feb 2018 Japan launches another reconnaissance satellite

27 Feb 2018 Japan considers deploying anti-ship missile unit to Okinawa Island, say reports

05 Feb 2018 Japan protests Russian plans to deploy military aircraft to disputed Kuril island

29 Jan 2018 JASDF’s first F-35A deployed to Misawa Air Base

23 Jan 2018 Japan to review defence programme guidelines amid North Korean threat

15 Jan 2018 JMSDF to install CEC system on future Aegis-equipped destroyers

22 Dec 2017 Japan approves defence budget of USD45.7 billion for FY 2018

19 Dec 2017 Japanese cabinet approves deployment of two Aegis Ashore BMD systems

08 Dec 2017 Japan to equip JASDF fighter aircraft with stand-off cruise missiles


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18 Oct 2017 Four JASDF personnel missing following UH-60J helo crash off coast of Shizuoka Prefecture

16 Oct 2017 Japan scrambled fighter aircraft 561 times in first half of FY 2017

12 Oct 2017 USMC CH-53E helicopter crash-lands in Okinawa

19 Sep 2017 Japan deploys PAC-3 interceptors near flight path of previous North Korean IRBMs

31 Aug 2017 Japanese MoD asks for USD1.6 billion to boost missile defences

10 Aug 2017 Japan could invoke right to ‘collective self-defence' if Guam attacked

08 Aug 2017 Japan's white paper outlines top priorities for defence production

28 Jul 2017 Japan's defence minister resigns

16 May 2017 Japan mulls introducing Aegis Ashore BMD system to counter North Korean threats

27 Feb 2017 Japan to equip future Soryu-class submarines with lithium-ion batteries

03 Feb 2017 Mattis reaffirms US defence commitment to Japan

27 Jan 2017 UK and Japan sign Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement


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03 Sep 2014 Abe appoints new defence minister

29 Aug 2014 Japanese MoD requests largest ever budget

12 Aug 2014 Japanese MoD denies reports of 2015 first flight for ATD-X prototype

05 Aug 2014 Japanese White Paper accuses China of taking 'high-handed actions'

04 Aug 2014 Japan to provide Vietnam with six patrol vessels

30 Jul 2014 Japan asks France to stop Mistral sale to Russia

21 Jul 2014 Japan announces basing plan for Ospreys

18 Jul 2014 Japan approves Meteor research JV between MBDA, Mitsubishi

17 Jul 2014 Japan approves export of PAC-2 components for Qatar

10 Jul 2014 Onodera sets out plans to buy amphibious assault ships

09 Jul 2014 Japan sees big increase in Russian air activity

09 Jul 2014 Onodera says Japan may buy more F-35s 'if price is right'

07 Jul 2014 Japan to appoint minister to manage new self-defence policy

04 Jul 2014 Update: Japan delays C-2 service entry after door issue in testing

03 Jul 2014 Japan to relax North Korean sanctions in response to abduction probe

03 Jul 2014 Update: Japanese cabinet approves changes to collective self-defence posture

01 Jul 2014 Japanese cabinet approves changes to collective self-defence posture

26 Jun 2014 Japan to station first F-35s at Misawa Air Base

20 Jun 2014 Japan protests at South Korean naval drills near Dokdo/Takeshima

18 Jun 2014 Update: China vows 'firm actions' against Japanese missile deployments

13 Jun 2014 China rebuts Japanese buzzing claims, fires back with own accusations

11 Jun 2014 Chinese Su-27s buzz Japanese patrol aircraft over East China Sea for second time

11 Jun 2014 Japan, Australia commit to defence industrial co-operation

27 May 2014 Japan reiterates calls for military hotline with China

21 May 2014 Japan mulling plans for QRF units based on southwest islands

15 May 2014 Abe sets out plans to give Japan more robust defence guidelines

12 May 2014 Japan and Israel agree to closer defence ties

12 May 2014 Japan holds amphibious landing drill in Nansei island chain

09 May 2014 Italy, Japan sign intel sharing agreement

30 Apr 2014 Japanese MoD to choose commercial platform for Huey replacement

25 Apr 2014 Obama signals support for Japan in island dispute

22 Apr 2014 South Korea warns of North Korean nuclear test ahead of Obama's Asia trip

15 Apr 2014 Japan's indigenous stealth jet prototype 'to fly this year'

14 Apr 2014 JASDF forms new AEW squadron in Okinawa

10 Apr 2014 Japan sees big rise in scrambles against Chinese aircraft

09 Apr 2014 Japan sets out plans to become regional F-35 maintenance hub

08 Apr 2014 Recovery of damaged Japanese, US P-3s to take until 2015

08 Apr 2014 Mitsubishi developing amphibious assault vehicle prototype

07 Apr 2014 Japan, Australia agree to joint research on submarines, hydrodynamics

26 Mar 2014 Japan establishes cyber defence unit

26 Mar 2014 North Korea fires ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan

24 Mar 2014 Japan agrees to return Cold War era nuclear material to US

20 Mar 2014 Japan tracks suspected Chinese sub near Okinawa island

11 Mar 2014 Japanese, US P-3Cs still stuck in collapsed hangar

05 Mar 2014 Japan, US to launch high-speed trimaran design study

04 Mar 2014 Japanese, US Orions damaged in hangar roof collapse

03 Mar 2014 Indonesia, Japan agree to '2+2' meetings

25 Feb 2014 Japan drafts new export policy guidelines

20 Feb 2014 Japan discusses return of US plutonium

22 Jan 2014 Japan reports big increase in air scrambles in late 2013

15 Jan 2014 USS Ronald Reagan to replace George Washington as 7th Fleet carrier

07 Jan 2014 Japan, India agree to push for US-2 amphibian deal


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14 Nov 2013 Update: Mitsubishi in talks to establish MBT engine JV with Turkish company

12 Nov 2013 Mitsubishi in talks to establish MBT engine JV with Turkish company

02 Oct 2013 Unit cost of Japanese F-35As jumps by USD15 million

26 Sep 2013 Japan to develop stealth-detecting long-range radar

03 Sep 2013 Japanese MoD requests USD55 million for first flight of ATD-X prototype

30 Aug 2013 Japanese MoD requests largest budget increase in 22 years

06 Aug 2013 Pave Hawk crash in Okinawa forces delay to second Osprey squadron's deployment

30 Jul 2013 UAVs, marines, BMD top Japanese MoD's policy recommendations

25 Jul 2013 Chinese Y-8 breaks out of first island chain

10 Jul 2013 Japanese White Paper accuses China of 'changing status quo by force'

29 May 2013 UPDATE: USAF F-15 crashes off Okinawa

28 May 2013 USAF F-15 crashes off Okinawa

06 Feb 2013 Chinese frigates 'locked onto JMSDF ship, helicopter' in disputed waters

01 Feb 2013 Japan announces first budget increase in 11 years

18 Oct 2012 PLA Navy ships sail close to Japanese waters

18 Oct 2012 China calls off military exchange with Japan

01 Oct 2012 First Ospreys arrive at Futenma

27 Sep 2012 Japan Coast Guard warns off Taiwanese flotilla near Senkaku islands

20 Sep 2012 US Navy confirms Poseidon, Triton deployments to northeast Asia

19 Sep 2012 Japan approves Osprey deployment to Okinawa

17 Sep 2012 US, Japan agree second AN/TPY-2 deployment

14 Sep 2012 US Navy to deploy MH-60R, MH-60S to Japan

14 Sep 2012 Update: China deploys patrol ships as Japan announces purchase of disputed islands

13 Sep 2012 Japan plans refurbishment, upgrades for P-3Cs

11 Sep 2012 China deploys patrol ships as Japan announces purchase of disputed islands

11 Sep 2012 EH subbing KT, JaH - China deploys patrol ships as Japan announces purchase of disputed islands

07 Sep 2012 Japanese coastguard seeks funding for seven patrol vessels

07 Sep 2012 Japanese MoD requests trimmed budget but includes amphibious vehicles, coastal radars

05 Sep 2012 MoD, KHI raided over UH-X bid-rigging allegations

24 Aug 2012 US, Japanese forces practise amphibious landings on Marianas

20 Aug 2012 Japanese, Chinese military exchange set to go ahead despite Senkaku/Diaoyu island row

14 Aug 2012 Japan and North Korea hold first talks in four years

10 Aug 2012 South Korean visit to disputed islets causes diplomatic issue with Japan

10 Aug 2012 US, Japan consider deploying Global Hawk in Guam

06 Aug 2012 USMC safety data: Osprey has higher rate of 'minor' mishaps

01 Aug 2012 Japanese White Paper outlines concerns over Chinese transparency, intentions

25 Jul 2012 MV-22s arrive in Japan

16 Jul 2012 Growlers deploy to Japan for six-month tour

13 Jul 2012 Osprey V-22s head for Japan despite 'design flaw' fears

11 Jul 2012 Japan protests after Chinese maritime ships enter Senkaku waters

02 Jul 2012 Japan, Philippines sign defence pact

27 Jun 2012 US keeps up pressure for MV-22 deployment to Japan

19 Jun 2012 Okinawa governor rejects MV-22 deployment

19 Jun 2012 Friendly ties with China vital to maritime security, says PACFLT chief

14 Jun 2012 Japan, South Korea and US to hold first trilateral naval exercise

14 Jun 2012 USAF CV-22 crashes during training

13 Jun 2012 Japan, Italy agree to military co-operation

12 Jun 2012 Japanese troops conduct exercise in downtown Tokyo

08 Jun 2012 Update: Ruling party's Okinawa chapter demands resignation of new Japanese defence minister

07 Jun 2012 Ruling party's Okinawa chapter demands resignation of new Japanese defence minister

06 Jun 2012 Japanese PM appoints new defence minister

18 May 2012 Japan and Australia sign intel sharing agreement

18 May 2012 China spotted flying rotary-wing UAV off back of frigate

08 May 2012 DSCA notification pegs Japan's F-35 unit price at $238 million

04 May 2012 Chinese patrol vessels enter Senkaku waters despite Japan Coast Guard warnings

02 May 2012 Obama and Noda commit to improving space co-operation

27 Apr 2012 US, Japan revise realignment plans for US forces

26 Apr 2012 US, Japan postpone report on force realignment

25 Apr 2012 Japan buys CBRN detection system from Lockheed Martin

20 Apr 2012 Japanese lawmakers censure minister over North Korean response

13 Apr 2012 North Korea's rocket launch ends in failure

10 Apr 2012 UK, Japan to discuss defence industrial development

10 Apr 2012 Russia stepping up air surveillance around Japan

30 Mar 2012 Japanese analyst says North Korea 'years away' from developing ICBM

29 Mar 2012 Mitsubishi starts building ATD-X stealth prototype

28 Mar 2012 Japan air command completes move to US air base

27 Mar 2012 Japan could provide Philippines with coastguard ships

19 Mar 2012 Japan threatens to shoot down North Korean rocket

16 Mar 2012 USFJ chief confirms plans to station Ospreys at Futenma

01 Mar 2012 Japan threatens to cancel F-35s if production is delayed or costs rise

01 Mar 2012 Japan protests to China after confrontation in East China Sea

17 Feb 2012 Japan urges Israeli restraint over Iran

10 Feb 2012 Update: Kawasaki loses AH-1S crash case

03 Feb 2012 Kawasaki loses AH-1S crash case

01 Feb 2012 Mitsubishi Electric banned from MoD projects after overcharging for SAMs

20 Jan 2012 Japan sees in Chinese air incursions almost triple

13 Jan 2012 Japanese PM replaces defence minister

12 Jan 2012 Japan, Mongolia sign defence pact

06 Jan 2012 Japan drafts reduced defence budget

06 Jan 2012 Okinawa formally accepts Tokyo's base-relocation report


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28 Dec 2011 Japan relaxes defence export ban

20 Dec 2011 Lockheed Martin F-35A wins Japan's F-X competition

05 Dec 2011 JASDF inquiry blames short circuit for F-15 fuel tank loss

01 Dec 2011 Japanese MoD Okinawa chief fired over 'rape' comment

25 Nov 2011 Update: Japan presses ahead with ATD-X programme

25 Nov 2011 US, Japan agree SOFA change after fatal car accident

18 Nov 2011 JGSDF to lead decontamination of Fukushima evacuation zone

11 Nov 2011 Japan presses ahead with ATD-X programme

03 Nov 2011 India and Japan agree to closer military ties

27 Oct 2011 Panetta turns up the heat over USMC Okinawa move

25 Oct 2011 PLA colonel unhappy at 'harsh' Japanese criticism

21 Oct 2011 Japan, China re-establish military exchanges

14 Oct 2011 Update: Japan sees increase in Chinese air incursions

14 Oct 2011 Japan sees increase in Chinese air incursions

07 Oct 2011 Lockheed Martin emphasises industrial support in Japan F-X bid

06 Oct 2011 Japan agrees to air refuelling of US forces

02 Sep 2011 New Japanese PM appoints Ichikawa as defence minister

30 Aug 2011 Analysts link China's Senkaku intrusions to Japan's political travails

05 Aug 2011 Japanese White Paper denounces 'assertive' China

05 Aug 2011 Cracks may delay deployment of Japan's P-1s

05 Jul 2011 Japanese F-15 crashes in training

24 Jun 2011 Japan, US delay Futenma move, choose new site for 7th Fleet landing training

10 Jun 2011 Briefing: Big birds

10 Jun 2011 Marines to station Ospreys at Futenma

09 Jun 2011 Japan keeps eye on PLAN flotilla as it passes Okinawa

20 May 2011 Kitazawa says Okinawa relocation deadline is unrealistic

13 May 2011 Senior US senators call for Futenma rethink

12 May 2011 Japan draws down troops involved in tsunami relief effort

28 Apr 2011 Japan, US conduct third major search for missing tsunami victims

15 Apr 2011 Three contenders step up for Japan's F-X fighter programme

08 Apr 2011 Analysis: China White Paper hints at platform, strategic developments

01 Apr 2011 Pentagon despatches marines nuclear team to Japan

25 Mar 2011 SDF continues to lead quake, tsunami relief efforts

11 Mar 2011 US replaces Japan policy chief over derogatory comments

17 Feb 2011 Japan, Russia stir up a storm over Kuril islands

21 Jan 2011 Japan, US sign NDA over F-35

14 Jan 2011 Gates conciliatory over Okinawa marine base issue

07 Jan 2011 Japan establishes FX project team

07 Jan 2011 Japan and South Korea consider defence pact

05 Jan 2011 Japan defence budget drops to 18-year low

17 Dec 2010 Japan to adopt a proactive defence policy

16 Dec 2010 Japan and US agree to maintain current cost of 'sympathy budget'

03 Dec 2010 Largest joint US-Japan naval drills start

02 Dec 2010 US asked Japan to ease export ban for SM-3 sales, WikiLeaks claims

25 Nov 2010 US sends aircraft carrier to Yellow Sea following North Korean attacks

11 Nov 2010 Japan mulls Afghan medic mission

08 Nov 2010 Japan opts for UH-60J SAR upgrade


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27 Oct 2010 Japan's ruling party adds voice to lifting arms export ban

27 Oct 2010 Security concerns top of Clinton, Maehara meeting agenda

22 Oct 2010 Japan to boost submarine fleet in response to China moves

10 Sep 2010 Japanese White Paper highlights concerns over China's maritime activities

03 Sep 2010 Japan MoD requests more funds for improved security of remote islands

30 Apr 2010 Japan plans to open first foreign military base in post-war era

18 Dec 2009 Japan freezes nationwide PAC-3 deployment

12 Nov 2009 Japan's new dawn: Japan Country Briefing

21 Sep 2009 New Japanese defence minister to end Afghan support mission

06 Aug 2009 DPJ stands by weapon export ban and 'collective self-defence' policy

30 Jul 2009 Opposition party would end Japanese refuelling mission

17 Jul 2009 Japanese White Paper highlights North Korean threat

03 Jul 2009 Japan indicates end to era of declining defence spending

29 May 2009 Japan reconsiders ban on pre-emptive action

17 Apr 2009 F-35 favourite for Japanese FX requirement as US ends Raptor programme

27 Mar 2009 Japan vows to shoot down North Korean missile if it fails

05 Mar 2009 US forces in Japan face uncertain future as elections loom

19 Feb 2009 Japan to foot the bill for moving US Marines from Okinawa

05 Feb 2009 Japan targets stealth fighter development with funding request

05 Feb 2009 Japan reveals details of anti-piracy mission

23 Jan 2009 Japan prepares for anti-piracy deployment to Somalia


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2019年07月02日

北朝鮮の手の内を熟知する脱北エリート外交官の太永浩氏

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北朝鮮から韓国に亡命した太永浩(テ・ヨンホ)元駐英公使(56)の講演を聞きに行きました。

太氏は歴代最高位のエリート亡命外交官だけあって、北朝鮮の手の内を熟知していました。太氏ほど北朝鮮内側からの見方を語れる人物は他にいないと思いました。視点が明確で論理もはっきりしており、北朝鮮の戦略を正確にとらえていると思いました。

太氏は、1997年に北朝鮮から韓国に亡命し、2010年に亡くなった黄長ヨプ(ファン・ジャンヨプ)元朝鮮労働党書記以来の大物脱北者です。太氏の見方や分析を知ることは、ツイッター外交で開催にこぎつけた板門店での第3回米朝首脳外交を読み解く際にもとても役立ちます。

太氏はこのほど、6月13日に日本で発売開始された著書『三階書記室の暗号 北朝鮮外交秘録』(文藝春秋)のPRを兼ねて来日しました。

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この本の中で印象的だったのは、太氏が北朝鮮の駐英公使時代の2015年5月に、金正恩氏の兄、正哲(ジョンチョル)氏がエリック・クラプトンのロンドンでのライブをお忍びで観に来た際、61時間にわたって接待したこと。正哲氏はクラプトンの大ファンです。

正哲氏が「夜中にレコード店のHMVに行きたい」「マクドナルドのハンバーガーが食べたい」「ギターが欲しい」などと言って、わがままのし放題だったことを明らかにしています。

本の中では「一般市民には、腐った資本主義の音楽などを聴いてはいけないと言って、外国の歌を聞けば大学から追放までされる。人民には苦難の行軍を強要しながら、金一族はやりたい放題だ。ロンドンで一日に何千ドルも消費して、退廃的な西側の音楽を鑑賞するなんてありえない」と、当時の思いが書かれています。

さらに、本の中では太氏が卒業した北朝鮮の外交官養成大学である平壌国際関係大学では、なんと日本陸軍スパイ養成所の陸軍中野学校に関する本がテキストとして使われていたと書かれています。

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太氏は「大学教員たちは、『日本の中野学校卒業生たちのように祖国のために命を惜しげもなく捧げなければならない』と教育した。共産主義国であり反日感情なら世界最高である北朝鮮が、国際関係大学の学生たちに日本のスパイ学校卒業生を模範しなさいと教育するとは、なんとも皮肉なことだ」と述べています。

このことは6月24日に出演したTokyo MXテレビの「モーニングクロス」でも話しました。

実は北朝鮮の秘密工作活動と、陸軍中野学校の繋がりについては、2017年3月に私も記事にして書いていました。ちょうど金正男氏のマレーシア・クアラルンプールでの暗殺事件後です。

北朝鮮スパイと「陸軍中野学校」を結ぶ点と線
日本は貴重な歴史の教訓に目を向けるべきだ


この時に書いた拙稿が、太永浩氏の本の内容と的中した格好です。当時、この拙稿を書いた時は、ネットで「反日!」と叩かれました。でも、やはりジャーナリストとして真実、事実は報じないといけない。書いておいて正解でした。

さて、太氏の講演会は、脱北者を支援する日本の人権団体「北朝鮮難民救済基金」が主催し、6月20日に文京シビックセンターで開かれました。

講演会場の安全対策は、空港のセキュリティーチェック並みに厳重でした。私を含め、80人超の講演聴講者は入場時に、金属探知機で体を調べられたり、かばんの中身をチェックされたりした。聴講者は自らが座る席へのカバンやペットボトルの持参も禁じられました。

太氏の講演内容を踏まえ、朝日新聞の論座とビジネスインサイダー日本版にそれぞれ記事を書きました。ご笑覧ください。一応、なるべくダブらないように書き分けております。


(論座)
電撃的な米朝会談に応じた北朝鮮が考えていること

(ビジネスインサイダー日本版)
板門店の米朝首脳会談は単なる“一大政治ショー”「北朝鮮の非核化は非現実的」と脱北高官


記事の中には書きませんでしたが、太氏によれば、日朝国交正常化交渉担当大使で日本人拉致問題担当の宋日昊(ソン・イルホ)氏はもともと外交官ではなく、保衛部(=秘密警察)出身。原籍は保衛部で、保衛部から北朝鮮外務省に出向しているとの事実を明かしました。この話を今日2日に会った公安調査庁で北朝鮮担当だった元職員に話すと、「やっぱりそうだったんですね!」と納得しつつ驚いておりました。

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posted by Kosuke at 21:10| Comment(0) | 米朝首脳会談

2019年06月18日

日本は中国のネット検閲や言論弾圧に目を光らせなければならない!

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天安門事件30周年や香港での大規模デモに注目が集まるなか、中国のネット検閲や言論統制の現状について、ビジネスインサイダー日本版に書かせていただきました。中国国内外にいる多くの友人や知人、記者仲間に話を聞きました。皆様、取材に応じていただき、謝謝!お時間あればご笑覧ください。

空席の椅子もプーさんもNG。権力集中の習近平体制で強まる中国のネット規制

実は9日にAbema的ニュースショーに出演した時の話に、新たなに多少補足取材して書きました。AbemaTIMESもその時の小生の話をまとめてくれました。こちらもお時間あればどうぞ。

中国、過度なネット規制の末路 専門家は“2022北京冬季五輪”で「羽生結弦選手の演技後」に注目

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知り合いの日本人の大学教授は「昨年、上海交通大学に招かれて3時間講演+セミナーをしました。内容が良かったので、短い感想をゼミOGに翻訳してもらって私のWeChatに投稿したところ、翌日、当局から掲載禁止の指令を受けたとのこと。こんなところまで規制をする中国とは?と複雑な心境になりました」と話しておりました。

中国の国営メディアに勤務する私の友人は「中国14億人、56の民族を統制するには仕方がない」と言っていますが、こういう言論統制の事態を見聞きすると、やはりファーウェイの通信インフラの市場占有も空恐ろしくなるのが分かります。

私は中国の友人も多く、親中派と思っていますが、中国の言論弾圧には今後も厳しい目を注いでいきたいと思っています。


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