Sep 16, 2014

Female GSDF officer to draw NATO duty

The Defense Ministry plans to dispatch a female officer in the Ground Self-Defense Force to the NATO headquarters in Brussels later this year, sources said Tuesday. The lieutenant colonel will be the first SDF member dispatched to NATO. With the dispatch, the Abe administration ...

Aug 26, 2014

Military courts unconstitutional

The recent Cabinet decision to let Japan take part in "collective self-defense" raises the question of whether a courts-martial system, and what would likely be a more severe standard for punishing violators of Self-Defense Forces law, should be introduced.

Japan chooses Boeing 777-300ER as government's official jet

Aug 12, 2014

Japan chooses Boeing 777-300ER as government's official jet

The government on Tuesday chose two Boeing 777-300ERs as its next official jets, to go into service starting in fiscal 2019. ANA Holdings Inc., the parent of All Nippon Airways, was selected as the maintenance service provider for the aircraft. The new jets will ...

Aug 4, 2014

Defense Ministry to seek funds for amphibious assault ship study

The Defense Ministry wants money from the fiscal 2015 budget to research the possibility of adding amphibious assault ships to the Maritime Self-Defense Force, defense officials said. The ministry plans to start studying the size and functions needed for ships of this type with ...

Aug 3, 2014

Japan to create SDF space monitoring division by 2019

The government intends to create a space monitoring division within the Self-Defense Forces by around 2019 and the Defense Ministry has already informed the United States, a source close to the bilateral relationship said Saturday. Initially, the force will be tasked with monitoring dangerous ...