Jun 13, 2015

Beijing ponders drones for Senkaku surveillance duty

The Chinese military is weighing the regular use of unmanned aircraft to monitor the East China Sea, a move that may exacerbate tensions with Japan over the Senkaku Islands, a Chinese document on Beijing’s use of drones showed Friday. The document, compiled in October, ...

Police, Coast Guard hold first joint island defense drill

Jun 3, 2015

Police, Coast Guard hold first joint island defense drill

Police and the Japan Coast Guard held their first joint drill on handling an illegal landing by foreigners on a remote Japanese island, following the arrival of many suspected Chinese fishing boats in waters near Japan’s Ogasawara Islands last fall. The joint drill was ...

F-15 scramble in Naha interrupts ASDF training demonstration

Apr 13, 2015

F-15 scramble in Naha interrupts ASDF training demonstration

Two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled Monday from an Air-Self Defense Force base in Okinawa Prefecture as a real mission interrupted a training session that was being held for the media. At the ASDF’s Naha base, the pilots and maintenance crew on show dramatically ...

Apr 8, 2015

China raps U.S. defense chief over Senkakus comment

China on Thursday rapped U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter for saying that the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands fall under the U.S.-Japan security treaty. Speaking Wednesday in Tokyo, Carter said the United States strongly opposes “any unilateral, coercive action that seeks to undermine Japan’s administrative control ...