Military waging popularity campaign

Apr 18, 2014

Military waging popularity campaign

by Miwa Suzuki

Pacifist Japan is gradually learning to love its military, with an apparent public relations campaign to soften its image featuring online popularity contests, a much-touted soprano vocalist and dating events. The armed forces are also visible in youth culture, with young teens tuning in ...

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 16, 2014

Dangers of collective self-defense

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's eagerness to drop the government's long-standing constitutional interpretation that Japan cannot exercise its right to collective self-defense is dangerous, as it could lead to military action abroad by the Self-Defense Forces.

Mar 2, 2014

SDF pilot outplacement service to resume amid shortage

An outplacement service for Self-Defense Forces pilots will likely resume in fiscal 2014 to cope with the shortage of commercial airline pilots expected from the advent of low-cost carriers in the Asia-Pacific region, a government source said Sunday. Under the employment assistance system, which ...

GSDF hunkers down in Sudan compound

Feb 13, 2014

GSDF hunkers down in Sudan compound

Japanese troops involved in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan do not see any prospect of resuming their original task of infrastructure building, despite a cease-fire deal signed last month, their commander said Tuesday. The Ground Self-Defense Force engineering unit will instead continue ...

Plan gives SDF medics freer hand under fire

Jan 28, 2014

Plan gives SDF medics freer hand under fire

The government is looking to grant Self-Defense Forces paramedics more discretionary authority in treating wounded service members if Japan comes under attack. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government wants the SDF to play a greater security role abroad as part of his drive to redefine ...