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 17, 2016

The Japan-U.S. alliance and robotics diplomacy

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Tucked inside the 2017 U.S. defense budget request is about $15 billion to place relatively small research bets on over-the-horizon technologies that can help the U.S. military maintain a leading edge over any competitor over the long term. Close allies like Japan have an ...

Futenma settlement talks to kick off next week

Mar 14, 2016

Futenma settlement talks to kick off next week

As part of a court-mediated settlement process, the central and Okinawa prefectural governments will kick off talks March 23 over the planned relocation of U.S. Marine Corps’ Air Station Futenma, Gov. Takeshi Onaga said Monday. Earlier this month, the two sides accepted the settlement ...

Mar 7, 2016

Russia to cut defense spending by 5%, report says

Russia’s defense budget will be cut by 5 percent in 2016, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Tatiana Shevtsova said, according to the RIA news agency. Defense spending has been growing as part of a drive by President Vladimir Putin to restore Russia’s military might. The ...