Biden, Ishiba see eye to eye

May 2, 2014

Biden, Ishiba see eye to eye

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and a top official of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party agreed Thursday to strengthen bilateral relations and make efforts toward signing a Pacific free trade pact. Shigeru Ishiba, the No. 2 man in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s LDP, told ...

Australia, Japan talk shop on arms tech

Apr 28, 2014

Australia, Japan talk shop on arms tech

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Australian counterpart David Johnston agreed Monday to expand technological cooperation on defense equipment following Japan’s relaxation of a decades-old arms embargo. Johnston also backed the Prime Minister Shinizo Abe’s move to lift Japan’s ban on the right to collective ...

Apr 18, 2014

Japan, U.S., S. Korea begin high-level defense talks

Japan, the United States and South Korea began a two-day meeting of senior defense officials in Washington on Thursday to discuss potential responses to North Korea, which has threatened to conduct a new form of nuclear test. The high-level meeting at the U.S. Department of Defense ...

Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

Apr 6, 2014

Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

by Mizuho Aoki

The United States plans to deploy two additional Aegis destroyers to Japan by 2017 to reinforce missile defenses against increasingly provocative North Korea, visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday. During a joint news conference following an hourlong-meeting in Tokyo with Defense Minister ...

Apr 3, 2014

Japan eyes F-35 maintenance hub under new arms export rules

The Defense Ministry proposed Thursday that Japan host a maintenance hub in the Asia-Pacific region for the F-35 stealth fighter under development by an international consortium, as it outlined a draft strategy to bolster the domestic defense industry under new arms export rules. The ...

Mar 25, 2014

Japan's ruling bloc approves new rules on arms exports

The ruling parties approved new guidelines on arms exports Tuesday, setting the stage for the first major overhaul in nearly 50 years of the country’s arms embargo policy. The Cabinet is expected to approve the guidelines next week, while concerns remain that Japan’s status ...