Jun 17, 2016

Kishida 'concerned' about China's moves around Japan waters

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday expressed concern about “escalating” moves by Chinese navy ships following repeated entries into or near Japanese territorial waters in the past week. On Thursday, the Defense Ministry said a Chinese navy ship sailed into an area near Kitadaito ...

May 1, 2016

Jobs help sink Japan's sub bid

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In the end the government was not prepared to pay the biggest political cost of all, which is domestic electoral consequences of any decision that laid waste to still more manufacturing jobs in the state of South Australia.

Australia says French company wins huge submarine contract

Apr 26, 2016

Australia says French company wins huge submarine contract

Australia announced Tuesday that French company DCNS has beat out bidders from Japan and Germany to build the next generation of submarines in Australia’s largest-ever defense contract. DCNS, Germany’s ThysennKrupp Marine Systems and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries were in the running to build 12 ...

Japan's Defense Ministry, Australian Army to promote joint drills

Apr 11, 2016

Japan's Defense Ministry, Australian Army to promote joint drills

Following the introduction of the new security laws, the Defense Ministry and the Australian Army agreed Monday to promote joint training between their troops while stepping up bilateral cooperation on other issues, officials said. The agreement was reached during talks between Defense Minister Gen ...

Mar 29, 2016

Security legislation takes effect

Japan's postwar defense posture underwent a major change this week as new security legislation took effect, but how the government plans to implement the laws remains unclear.