Jun 25, 2014

Japan to deploy F-35 fighters at Misawa Air Base from fiscal 2017

Next-generation F-35 fighter jets will be deployed at Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture from fiscal 2017, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Wednesday. “We will coordinate with the U.S. side so local residents will not have to feel concerned,” Onodera told Aomori Gov. Shingo ...

Atsugi night flight ban too weak, activists say

May 28, 2014

Atsugi night flight ban too weak, activists say

Activists demanding the suspension of nighttime flights by U.S. military and Self-Defense Forces aircraft at the Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture will appeal a partial ban ordered last week, on the grounds that it is too short and fails to include U.S. aircraft. In ...

Apr 18, 2014

GSDF to militarize remote Yonaguni

The government is sending 100 Ground Self-Defense Force members and radar to its western-most outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia’s biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islets they both claim. ...

New SDF unit shores up thinly protected cyberborders

| Apr 7, 2014

New SDF unit shores up thinly protected cyberborders

by Mizuho Aoki

Japan has embarked on an effort to improve cybersecurity as an ever-increasing number of sophisticated computer viruses threaten to endanger national security. On March 26, the Self-Defense Forces activated a cyberspace defense unit, the “saiba boeitai,” tasked with monitoring and responding to attacks on ...

Mar 14, 2014

ASDF joins international search for Malaysian jet

Two Air Self-Defense Force aircraft arrived in Malaysia on Thursday to join the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. One of the C-130 transport planes flew in areas east of the Malay Peninsula for about a 1½ hours. ASDF personnel aboard searched for ...

Jan 29, 2014

Palace park to be used in disasters

The park surrounding the Kyoto Imperial Palace will be declared a base for the Self-Defense Forces, police and fire services in the event of a natural disaster, prefectural officials said Wednesday. The city of nearly 1.5 million people currently has no base for coordinating ...