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 ...

Jul 12, 2014

Japan may boost F-35 procurement

The Defense Ministry may increase the planned procurement of F-35 stealth fighter jets because volume production is expected to lower the unit price, according to officials. The government decided at a Cabinet meeting in 2011 to deploy 42 F-35s as the Air Self-Defense Force’s ...