Aug 4, 2016

Abe's pick of nationalistic Inada as defense chief riles China

China’s state-run media has slammed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s choice of right-leaning nationalist Tomomi Inada as the country’s new defense minister. China Central Television said on Wednesday the appointment showed “how Japan’s security policy is swinging all the more to the right,” urging heightened ...

Jul 22, 2016

Bullet marks downplayed at SDF camp in South Sudan

Bullet marks have been found at a Self-Defense Forces camp in South Sudan, Ground SDF Chief of Staff Toshiya Okabe said Thursday. The troops are supporting a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the young, violence-wracked nation, and whether they have come under fire will add ...

Jul 14, 2016

Japan Embassy staff evacuated from South Sudan

An Air Self-Defense Force transport plane arrived in Djibouti from Juba on Thursday carrying four staff members from the Japanese Embassy in conflict-wracked South Sudan. “I’m relieved. But I’m worried about the 20 to 30 Japanese nationals still in South Sudan,” a female embassy ...

GSDF families briefed on situation in South Sudan

Jul 12, 2016

GSDF families briefed on situation in South Sudan

The Ground Self-Defense Force has told families of personnel stationed in conflict-mired South Sudan that no direct attack has been made on their camp, a GSDF official said Tuesday. The families of the personnel from the 7th Division, based in Chitose, Hokkaido, were told ...