Apr 24, 2015

Blurry limits on SDF missions

Security legislation prepared by the Abe administration does not dispel concerns that the SDF's overseas missions could be expanded without limits.

F-15 scramble in Naha interrupts ASDF training demonstration

Apr 13, 2015

F-15 scramble in Naha interrupts ASDF training demonstration

Two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled Monday from an Air-Self Defense Force base in Okinawa Prefecture as a real mission interrupted a training session that was being held for the media. At the ASDF’s Naha base, the pilots and maintenance crew on show dramatically ...

Mar 25, 2015

Broadening SDF missions abroad

An outline of a package of security legislation planned by the Abe administration fails to set clear restrictions on the scope of the Self-Defense Forces' overseas missions.

SDF's first NATO attache is female

Mar 25, 2015

SDF's first NATO attache is female

by Jun Nagata

Chizu Kurita is feeling the pressure of being the first Japanese officer to be dispatched to NATO headquarters in Brussels to strengthen ties between Japan and the U.S.-dominated military alliance, but sees “good opportunities” too. Lt. Col. Kurita of the Ground Self-Defense Force is ...