Nov 21, 2015

Police plan to summon former Russian diplomat over GSDF leak

Tokyo police plan to summon a former Russian diplomat once posted in Japan for questioning about restricted information possibly received from a former Ground Self-Defense Force commander suspected of breaching confidentiality laws, an investigative source said. The ex-envoy is an intelligence officer in the ...

Japan wants U.S. advice on procuring defense equipment

Nov 5, 2015

Japan wants U.S. advice on procuring defense equipment

Japan’s new agency for defense equipment procurement is tasked with utilizing advanced civilian technology for public purposes and needs to learn from the United States how to make procurement less costly and more efficient, its chief said. Speaking at a think tank in Washington ...

Nov 3, 2015

Rumsfeld, Van Rompuy among thousands getting Japanese awards

The government this week will honor 3,964 of the country’s most distinguished citizens while also conferring orders on a record 89 foreigners from 38 nations, including former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, officials said Tuesday. Rumsfeld, 83, and former European Council President Herman ...

U.S., South Korea pledge to strengthen defenses

Nov 2, 2015

U.S., South Korea pledge to strengthen defenses

The U.S. and South Korea are pledging to strengthen their combined defenses against what they call threats by North Korea, but they announced no specific new steps toward a long-delayed transfer of wartime control of South Korean forces from the U.S. military to the ...

Oct 23, 2015

Japan seeks cut in host-nation support for U.S. forces

Japan is seeking a major reduction in its host-nation financial support for U.S. forces stationed in Japan, but Washington reportedly hopes Tokyo will ramp up its contribution in light of China’s military buildup, Japanese government sources said Friday. Japan, which has struggled to restore ...