Apr 15, 2015

U.S. officer may be stationed at SDF central command

Japan and the United States are discussing the idea of having a high-ranking U.S. military officer permanently stationed at the Defense Ministry central command for the Self-Defense Forces, sources said Wednesday. The measure, to be included in revised bilateral defense cooperation guidelines due out ...

F-15 scramble in Naha interrupts ASDF training demonstration

Apr 13, 2015

F-15 scramble in Naha interrupts ASDF training demonstration

Two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled Monday from an Air-Self Defense Force base in Okinawa Prefecture as a real mission interrupted a training session that was being held for the media. At the ASDF’s Naha base, the pilots and maintenance crew on show dramatically ...

China, Russia, Saudi Arabia accelerate defense spending

Apr 13, 2015

China, Russia, Saudi Arabia accelerate defense spending

Chinese, Russian and Saudi Arabian defense spending increased the most last year, while U.S. expenditure declined, according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. China’s defense spending rose 9.7 percent from a year earlier to $216 billion, and Russia’s increased 8.1 ...

Apr 9, 2015

Abe stresses importance of strong Japan-U.S. alliance

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed the importance of enhancing Japan’s alliance with the United States, at a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in Tokyo on Wednesday. “Strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance will without doubt contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific ...