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For Tim Kelly's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Australian submarine tender narrows to Japanese and French bids: sources

Jan 23, 2016

Australian submarine tender narrows to Japanese and French bids: sources

The competition for a 50 billion Australian dollar ($34.55 billion) contract to build Australia’s next submarine fleet is narrowing to a race between Japan and France as a bid from Germany’s Thyssen-Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has lost ground over technical concerns, multiple sources said. ...

Japan wants U.K. to buy sub-hunter jet

Jan 8, 2015

Japan wants U.K. to buy sub-hunter jet

Japan approaches Britain about buying its P-1 submarine-hunting jet as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marches the manufacturing industry into the once-taboo arms exports business.

Japan raises military profile in maritime war games with U.S.

Nov 21, 2014

Japan raises military profile in maritime war games with U.S.

Japan stepped up its role in large-scale war games with the United States this week, with one of its admirals commanding air and sea maneuvers that the U.S. military described as the most complex ever overseen by the Maritime Self-Defense Force. The Keen Sword ...

Oct 16, 2014

Japan jets scrambling to counter rising Russian incursions

The number of times Japanese fighter jets scrambled to ward off Russian military aircraft more than doubled in the last six months, amid diplomatic tensions between the two countries which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is keen to ease. The increased activity in Japan’s north ...

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 ...