Feb 4, 2014

Japan, U.S. to team up in training people to counter cyberattacks

Japanese and U.S. defense officials have agreed to boost their cooperation in training people to counter increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. Among the forms of cooperation discussed Tuesday in their first working-level meeting on the issue is conducting joint exercises to counter cyberattacks on government agencies ...

Fears widen over Kadena toxins

Feb 1, 2014

Fears widen over Kadena toxins

by Jon Mitchell

Just days after the commander of U.S. Kadena Air Base, near the city of Okinawa, promised parents their children’s schools were safe from dioxin contamination, a further 50 chemical barrels have been unearthed from adjacent land and a retired U.S. Air Force major has ...

Judge: Defense in terror case can see secret docs

Jan 30, 2014

Judge: Defense in terror case can see secret docs

The U.S. government can’t keep secret its request to conduct clandestine surveillance of an accused attempted terrorist, a federal judge in a Chicago terrorism case said Wednesday in a ruling that gives defense attorneys an unprecedented look at a request made to the country’s ...

Defense spending hike covers pay: ministry

Dec 24, 2013

Defense spending hike covers pay: ministry

by Reiji Yoshida

The Abe administration’s draft budget adopted Tuesday includes ¥4.88 trillion in defense spending in fiscal 2014, a 2.8 percent increase from this year. But the Finance Ministry said most of this year’s increase is a result of the termination of special temporary salary cuts ...

China plays long game with new air defense zone

| Nov 26, 2013

China plays long game with new air defense zone

China’s new air defense identification zone in the East China Sea further asserts its territorial claims over disputed islands but isn’t expected to immediately spark confrontations with foreign aircraft. Yet the move fits a pattern of putting teeth behind China’s claims and could potentially ...

Nov 6, 2013

Observing China drill 'not provocative': U.S. commander

Japan’s observation last month of Chinese live-fire military exercises in the Western Pacific, criticized by Beijing, was in line with standard military practice, the top U.S. commander in the Asia-Pacific region said Tuesday. “It was not an abnormal operation, an abnormal event to have ...

Oct 27, 2013

Defense Ministry to expand military attaches in Africa to nine

Japan plans to more than quadruple its defense attaches in Africa to nine from two in fiscal 2014 to expand its coverage to nine countries on the continent. The Defense Ministry wants to strengthen its military intelligence on Africa after a hostage crisis at ...