Oct 19, 2016

December return to Japan eyed for U.S. military site in Okinawa

The Defense Ministry on Tuesday presented to the Okinawa Prefectural Government a draft plan stipulating the return in December of part of the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Gonsalves training area in the prefecture. The step was taken by the ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau based ...

Japan defense contractors get used to dealing with foreign military buyers

Oct 14, 2016

Japan defense contractors get used to dealing with foreign military buyers

Until recently, public meetings between Japanese defense contractors and uniformed foreign military delegations would have stirred controversy in Japan, yet this week’s aerospace show in Tokyo saw plenty. With the nation stepping back from decades of state-sponsored pacifism amid concern over China’s growing power ...

Japan, U.S. to cooperate on return of military land in Okinawa

Oct 12, 2016

Japan, U.S. to cooperate on return of military land in Okinawa

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada and Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, agreed Wednesday to cooperate over the return of roughly half of a large U.S. military training area in Okinawa Prefecture, Defense Ministry officials said. The Japanese government seeks the return ...

Ex-commander says U.K.'s 'withered' forces could not defend country

Sep 17, 2016

Ex-commander says U.K.'s 'withered' forces could not defend country

Britain’s armed forces would be unable to defend the country against a serious military attack because they have been “withered” by cuts, a former senior commander warned before his retirement, the Financial Times reported on Saturday. In a 10-page memo sent to Defence Secretary ...