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 ...

Nov 27, 2015

Japan to submit plan to Canberra to jointly develop Aussie subs

The government endorsed at a National Security Council meeting Thursday a proposal to jointly develop submarines for the Australian navy, government sources said. The proposal, which includes an option to build the submarines in Australia, will be submitted to Canberra on Monday, the deadline ...

Nov 13, 2015

Chinese naval eavesdropping ship spotted near Senkakus

The Defense Ministry said Thursday that a Chinese navy ship sailed near the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. The Dongdiao-class intelligence-gathering ship did not enter Japanese territorial waters around the islets, but repeatedly sailed from east to west and vice versa ...