Jul 5, 2016

Japan scrambled jets against China a record 199 times in April-June

Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets scrambled a record 199 times against Chinese aircraft approaching Japanese airspace in the April-June period, the Defense Ministry’s Joint Staff said. The previous record of 198 was set over the preceding three months, and shows, according to Japanese authorities, ...

Jun 10, 2016

MSDF emerges as option to help coast guard protect Senkakus

The first Chinese warship to cruise by waters near the Senkaku Islands has prompted Japan to look into the possibility of mobilizing the Self-Defense Forces for maritime police duties. Under Japan’s response protocol, if a Chinese warship enters Japanese territorial waters near the Japan-administered ...