Ex-Taiwan President Lee backs Abe's security bills

Jul 23, 2015

Ex-Taiwan President Lee backs Abe's security bills

Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui said Thursday he supports Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s security bills aimed at expanding the Self-Defense Forces’ operations overseas, calling it a step toward ensuring peace in Asia and the world. “I have a positive view about the security legislation ...

Drone disappears during windy test flight at Defense Ministry

Jul 22, 2015

Drone disappears during windy test flight at Defense Ministry

A commercial drone being test-flown at the Defense Ministry’s premises in central Tokyo went missing amid strong winds Wednesday but was apparently found and recovered hours later, the ministry said. The drone disappeared when members of the Self-Defense Forces and others were testing it ...

Jul 16, 2015

Japan fighter jet scrambles down by half in April-June

Fighter jet scrambles by the Air Self-Defense Force fell by half in the April-June period to 173 from a year earlier, the Defense Ministry said. Scrambles against Russian planes posted a one-off spike in the second quarter of 2014, and the quarterly decline this ...

Jul 11, 2015

Abe calls for fast vote on national security bills

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday called for a vote soon on national security bills that are being discussed by a House of Representatives special committee. Abe told the committee on security legislation that members now better understand counterproposals from Ishin no To (Japan ...

Jul 8, 2015

Father arrested over deadly house fire had 'worries at workplace'

The father arrested on suspicion of setting fire to his house in southwestern Japan has told police that he “had worries at the workplace,” investigative sources said Wednesday. Police have learned that Kenichiro Suemune, a 40-year-old lieutenant in the Maritime Self-Defense Force, who allegedly ...