Nobuhiro Kubo

For Nobuhiro Kubo's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Foreign firms bid for $2 billion chopper deal

Jun 11, 2014

Foreign firms bid for $2 billion chopper deal

The government is in early talks with top global helicopter makers and their Japanese partners on a deal worth around $2 billion to build transport aircraft for the Self-Defense Forces and for sale overseas, sources said. The talks, which began in earnest over the ...

Security bid too drastic: Komeito chief

Apr 29, 2014

Security bid too drastic: Komeito chief

The leader of the ruling party’s smaller coalition partner said Friday that he does not agree with the defense policy changes that would allow Japanese forces to fight overseas to help allies, despite U.S. support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s review of the stance. ...

'Tank girls' lead the charge

Mar 19, 2014

'Tank girls' lead the charge

Being a soldier in Japan after World War II was seen as a job for failed police recruits and unemployed youths from depressed rural towns. But as tension with China chips away at Japan’s postwar pacifism, the military is regaining its prestige — helped ...

Mar 10, 2014

Defense talks with U.S. look at 'gray zone' clash scenarios

As Japan and the United States start talks on how to respond to armed incidents that fall short of a full-scale attack on Japan, officials in Tokyo worry that their ally is reluctant to send China a strong message of deterrence. Military officials meet ...