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

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 ...

Tokyo, Canberra test sub fleet export waters

May 29, 2014

Tokyo, Canberra test sub fleet export waters

Japan will get the chance to pursue an unprecedented military export deal when its defense and foreign ministers meet their Australian counterparts in Tokyo next month. Japan is considering selling submarine technology to Australia — perhaps even a fleet of fully engineered, stealthy vessels, ...

'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 ...