Aug 15, 2014

Okinawa boaters pester defense workers at new base site

The Japan Coast Guard shooed away protesters Friday as the Okinawa Defense Bureau tried to install buoys and floats off Nago’s Henoko district to protect the site expected to host the replacement facility for a contentious U.S. Marine base in Ginowan. Activists sailed out ...

Japan chooses Boeing 777-300ER as government's official jet

Aug 12, 2014

Japan chooses Boeing 777-300ER as government's official jet

The government on Tuesday chose two Boeing 777-300ERs as its next official jets, to go into service starting in fiscal 2019. ANA Holdings Inc., the parent of All Nippon Airways, was selected as the maintenance service provider for the aircraft. The new jets will ...

Aug 3, 2014

Japan to create SDF space monitoring division by 2019

The government intends to create a space monitoring division within the Self-Defense Forces by around 2019 and the Defense Ministry has already informed the United States, a source close to the bilateral relationship said Saturday. Initially, the force will be tasked with monitoring dangerous ...

Defense policy chief Tokuchi tapped for new senior defense post

Jul 18, 2014

Defense policy chief Tokuchi tapped for new senior defense post

The government on Friday officially appointed Hideshi Tokuchi, director-general of the Defense Ministry’s Defense Policy Bureau, to a newly created deputy minister-class post. Tokuchi, 58, will be in charge of negotiations with defense officials from the United States and other countries. He will also ...

Jul 12, 2014

Japan may boost F-35 procurement

The Defense Ministry may increase the planned procurement of F-35 stealth fighter jets because volume production is expected to lower the unit price, according to officials. The government decided at a Cabinet meeting in 2011 to deploy 42 F-35s as the Air Self-Defense Force’s ...

Defense Ministry will seek funds to buy Ospreys next year

Jul 11, 2014

Defense Ministry will seek funds to buy Ospreys next year

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday the ministry would request funds to buy the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft in the fiscal 2015 state budget. The government’s medium-term defense program, compiled in December, includes plans to acquire 17 of the aircraft for the Ground ...

Japan may buy additional F-35 jets if price falls, Onodera says

Jul 9, 2014

Japan may buy additional F-35 jets if price falls, Onodera says

Japan may purchase additional F-35 fighter jets if their procurement costs fall, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tuesday after visiting a Lockheed Martin Corp. assembly plant in Fort Worth, Texas. “If the unit price falls, it may be important to reconsider the number of ...