Tokyo ramps up security ahead of Mie G-7 summit

May 25, 2016

Tokyo ramps up security ahead of Mie G-7 summit

As Japanese authorities prepare for the two-day summit of Group of Seven leaders in central Japan from Thursday, travelers and commuters have begun to see a heightened vigilance level in the capital with more uniformed officers on the streets and other security measures implemented. ...

May 2, 2016

Japan, Philippines strike deal on leasing MSDF aircraft

Japan has agreed to lease Maritime Self-Defense Force TC-90 training aircraft to the Philippines, the Defense Ministry said Monday, marking the first time for Japan to lend military aircraft to a foreign country. Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin confirmed ...

Japanese icebreaker rescues stranded Aussie Antarctic researchers

Mar 7, 2016

Japanese icebreaker rescues stranded Aussie Antarctic researchers

The Maritime Self-Defense Force icebreaker Shirase has rescued 66 expedition members from Australia’s Mawson research station in Antarctica, the Australian government said Monday. The Shirase is now on its way to a different Australian Antarctic research base, some 2,300 km away, where the rescued ...

MSDF commander first female to skipper destroyer

Mar 1, 2016

MSDF commander first female to skipper destroyer

The Maritime Self-Defense Force’s first female destroyer captain has assumed her duties, taking the helm of the destroyer Yamagiri on Monday. Cmdr. Miho Otani, 44, who is in charge of about 220 crew members on the destroyer, said in a written statement that she ...

Dec 4, 2015

Probe launched over abrupt change in MSDF's next chopper pick

A special unit under the defense minister is investigating whistleblower information that the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s preferred choice for its next-generation utility helicopters, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani admitted Friday. Although the minister declined to elaborate, ministry sources said Thursday that the MSDF’s preferred choice ...