SDF plans Osprey deployment in Saga in 2015

Jul 20, 2014

SDF plans Osprey deployment in Saga in 2015

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Sunday the Self-Defense Forces plans to deploy Osprey transport aircraft at Saga airport when it begins introducing the U.S. tilt-rotor plane in fiscal 2015. In his first public mention of an expected deployment site for SDF-operated Osprey aircraft, Onodera ...

Japan may buy additional F-35 jets if price falls, Onodera says

Jul 9, 2014

Japan may buy additional F-35 jets if price falls, Onodera says

Japan may purchase additional F-35 fighter jets if their procurement costs fall, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tuesday after visiting a Lockheed Martin Corp. assembly plant in Fort Worth, Texas. “If the unit price falls, it may be important to reconsider the number of ...

Japan, Australia OK free trade, defense deals

Jul 8, 2014

Japan, Australia OK free trade, defense deals

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Australian counterpart, Tony Abbott, signed bilateral accords to boost free trade and cooperation on defense equipment and technology research and development, during summit talks in the Australian capital Tuesday. On the second leg of his three-nation tour of ...

Abe wins battle to broaden defense policy

Jul 1, 2014

Abe wins battle to broaden defense policy

by Ayako Mie

The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe authorizes a reinterpretation of war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution, allowing Japan for the first time since World War II to come to the aid of an ally under attack.