Apr 4, 2016

Japan SDF personnel nervous about arms use under new laws

Some Self-Defense Forces personnel have voiced worry and bewilderment over the expanded roles they will be called on to play under the security laws that came into force last week, particularly those that may involve the use of weapons. Under the controversial laws, the ...

Mar 29, 2016

Security legislation takes effect

Japan's postwar defense posture underwent a major change this week as new security legislation took effect, but how the government plans to implement the laws remains unclear.

Mar 13, 2016

Delivery of Japan stealth jet prototype likely to be delayed

A prototype of Japan’s first stealth fighter jet is unlikely to be ready to ship by the end-of-March deadline due to delays in the flight testing schedule, sources close to the Defense Ministry said Sunday. The aircraft, developed by a consortium led by Mitsubishi ...

Japan eyes permanent joint HQ for SDF

Mar 13, 2016

Japan eyes permanent joint HQ for SDF

The government considers setting up a permanent joint headquarters under the chief of staff of the Joint Staff to control the Self-Defense Forces in an integrated manner.

Mar 1, 2016

Kuraray, Unitika raided over alleged bid-rigging for SDF uniforms

The government’s antitrust watchdog on Tuesday conducted on-site inspections of major textile and clothing makers Kuraray Co. and Unitika Ltd. following allegations the companies rigged bids to produce combat fatigues and other uniforms for the Self-Defense Forces. The Japan Fair Trade Commission is also ...