Aug 2, 2015

Iraq mission and the security bills

Recently released details of a 2008 GSDF mission to the "noncombat zone" in Iraq should be taken into account as the Upper House scrutinizes security legislation what would expand the scope of SDF missions abroad.

Ex-Taiwan President Lee backs Abe's security bills

Jul 23, 2015

Ex-Taiwan President Lee backs Abe's security bills

Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui said Thursday he supports Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s security bills aimed at expanding the Self-Defense Forces’ operations overseas, calling it a step toward ensuring peace in Asia and the world. “I have a positive view about the security legislation ...

Drone disappears during windy test flight at Defense Ministry

Jul 22, 2015

Drone disappears during windy test flight at Defense Ministry

A commercial drone being test-flown at the Defense Ministry’s premises in central Tokyo went missing amid strong winds Wednesday but was apparently found and recovered hours later, the ministry said. The drone disappeared when members of the Self-Defense Forces and others were testing it ...

Jul 16, 2015

Japan fighter jet scrambles down by half in April-June

Fighter jet scrambles by the Air Self-Defense Force fell by half in the April-June period to 173 from a year earlier, the Defense Ministry said. Scrambles against Russian planes posted a one-off spike in the second quarter of 2014, and the quarterly decline this ...