May 7, 2015

U.S. to sell 17 Ospreys for GSDF

The United States plans to sell 17 V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor military transport aircraft, associated equipment, parts and logistical support to Japan for an estimated cost of $3 billion, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Tuesday. The agency said it delivered the required certification ...

May 6, 2015

Australia asks Japan to join submarine tender

Australian Defence Minister Kevin Andrews on Wednesday asked Japan to participate in procedures to become Australia’s partner in a project to jointly develop next-generation submarines, Japanese officials said. Andrews made the request in a telephone conversation with Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, who responded ...

Apr 28, 2015

New regime for security alliance

The latest revision to the guidelines on Japan-U.S. defense cooperation potentially expands the scope of the Self-Defense Forces' joint operation with the U.S. military on a global scale in ways that transcend the original architecture of the postwar security treaty between the two countries.

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 ...