Aug 26, 2014

H.K. fishing boat carrying Senkaku sovereignty advocates to set sail

A fishing boat carrying Hong Kong-based activists asserting Chinese sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands will set sail again Tuesday following a failed attempt late Monday. “About two dozen marine police officers climbed on our boat, broke into the wheelhouse and forced us to stop ...

SDF hold drills as roles expand under defense shift

Aug 20, 2014

SDF hold drills as roles expand under defense shift

The Self-Defense Forces showcased the ability to defend remote islands Tuesday, as its role expands at home and abroad under new defense policies instituted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that have divided the nation. The military began large-scale annual “Fire Power” exercises at the ...

Aug 13, 2014

GSDF to station unit on Amami-Oshima for island defense

The Defense Ministry asked local authorities on Tuesday for their cooperation in establishing a Ground Self-Defense Force unit on Amami-Oshima Island as part of efforts to boost the defense of remote islands in the region. Parliamentary Senior Vice Defense Minister Ryota Takeda made the ...