Takuya Shimodaira, JMSDF Captain, is currently the first JMSDF Liaison Officer assigned as an International Fellow at the Naval War College. He earned an MA in Area Studies from the University of Tsukuba and Ph. D in Political Science from the Kokushikan University, in Tokyo.
China has placed great faith in the unarmed patrol ship as an instrument with which to realize its maritime ambitions. According to a recent U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence report,