Japan weighs course of action in disputed South China Sea

Nov 6, 2015

Japan weighs course of action in disputed South China Sea

As tension mounts in the South China Sea over the U.S. military’s recent patrol challenging China’s territorial claims there, speculation has centered on what action Japan may take in the region. On Friday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe struck a robust posture, saying in his ...

Anticipating more muscular missions, MSDF launches new minesweeper

Oct 27, 2015

Anticipating more muscular missions, MSDF launches new minesweeper

Amid the national debate over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s proactive security policy and newly enacted laws, a state-of-the-art minesweeper built for the Maritime Self-Defense Force was launched Tuesday in a ceremony in Yokohama. The 690-ton Awaji is the first of three planned Awaji-class minesweepers, ...