Jul 2, 2014

Hagel welcomes decision on collective self-defense

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hailed the government’s decision Tuesday to authorize a reinterpretation of war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution, saying the move will pave the way for stronger bilateral ties between the two countries. “I welcome the government of Japan’s new ...

May 31, 2014

Japan reports latest incursion by Chinese ships around Senkakus

Two Chinese coast guard ships steamed through Japanese waters off the Senkaku Islands on Saturday, officials said, as the United States warned China over its increasing regional assertiveness. The Japan Coast Guard said the vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile band of territorial waters around one ...

Apr 6, 2014

Obama visit chance to showcase robust alliance: Kishida

Japan wants to make U.S. President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit an opportunity to show the robust Japan-U.S. alliance to the world, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday. In a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in Tokyo, Kishida said he is looking ...

Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

Apr 6, 2014

Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

by Mizuho Aoki

The United States plans to deploy two additional Aegis destroyers to Japan by 2017 to reinforce missile defenses against increasingly provocative North Korea, visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday. During a joint news conference following an hourlong-meeting in Tokyo with Defense Minister ...