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Takahashi Kosuke

Takahashi Kosuke

Takahashi Kosuke is Tokyo Correspondent for Janes Defence Weekly.

Takahashi Kosuke is former editor-in-chief of HuffPost Japan and a former staff writer at The Asahi Shimbun and Bloomberg.

Takahashi graduated from Keio University with a B.A. in economics in 1993. After working for The Asahi Shimbun and Dow Jones, he studied at Columbia University’s Journalism School and School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and graduated with Master of Science in Journalism and Master of International Affairs in 2004. Prior to joining the Asahi as a reporter in 1993, he worked for Baltimore Economic Development Corporation as an exchange trainee to a sister city program of Kawasaki City, and researched trade issues between the United States and Japan. He was awarded an Honorary citizenship of Baltimore for his work in 1988.

Posts by Takahashi Kosuke
November 23, 2022

Blue-ribbon Panel Urges Japan to Develop Counterstrike Capabilities

By Takahashi Kosuke
The Japanese defense ministry estimates that Tokyo will need to spend 48 trillion yen on defense over the next five years if it wants to achieve its security goals.

November 08, 2022

3 Takeaways From International Fleet Review 2022 in Japan

By Takahashi Kosuke
From strong representation among Asian navies to a “coincidence” involving a U.S. aircraft carrier.
November 03, 2022

China’s Navy Sets Record Pace for Intrusions Into Japan’s Territorial Sea

By Takahashi Kosuke
PLAN vessels have entered Japanese territorial waters eight times since 2004 – and five of those have occurred since October 2021.

October 26, 2022

Will South Korea Join Japan’s International Fleet Review?

By Kosuke Takahashi
Japan’s upcoming naval fleet review will be a litmus test for South Korea’s Yoon administration to improve bilateral ties.

October 14, 2022

Japan Sees Rise in Fighter Scrambles Against Chinese Aircraft

By Kosuke Takahashi
In the first half of 2022, Japan witnessed a 14 percent increase in scrambles triggered by foreign military aircraft approaches.

October 12, 2022

Japan Launches Third Taigei-Class Submarine for JMSDF

By Kosuke Takahashi
The newly launched Jingei SSK is expected to enter service in March 2024.
October 06, 2022

US Air Force Will Deploy MQ-9 Reapers to Japan for the First Time

By Kosuke Takahashi
Starting in late October, the USAF will station the UAVs on Kyushu, a move designed to strengthen Japan’s maritime surveillance.

September 29, 2022

History Overshadows Japan-South Korea Rapprochement

By Kosuke Takahashi
Why are Japan and South Korea, both U.S. allies and East Asian democracies, continuously at odds over everything from their territorial dispute to wartime labor compensation?

September 19, 2022

Japan Needs a Cyber Ministry: Former JGSDF Major General

By Kosuke Takahashi
Tokyo needs to establish a cyber ministry to oversee and defend the nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure against threats, says Major General Tanaka Tatsuhiro, a former commanding general of the GSDF’s Signal School.

September 08, 2022

Japan, UK to Push Forward With Joint New Air-to-Air Missile Co-development

By Kosuke Takahashi
The new Truss government in London is likely to upgrade the current partnership to quasi-alliance status.

August 31, 2022

Japanese Defense Ministry Requests Largest Ever Budget for Fiscal Year 2023

By Kosuke Takahashi
Japan has broken last year's record for its requested defense budget as security concerns mount in Tokyo.
August 20, 2022

How Would Japan Respond to a Taiwan Contingency?

By Kosuke Takahashi
National preparedness for a cross-strait emergency has been far behind what is necessary.

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