Jun 23, 2016

Japan lifts missile-intercept order

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani on Thursday lifted an order for the Self-Defense Forces to shoot down any North Korean missile posing a danger to Japan. The government believes North Korea will not conduct a missile launch for the time being after firing what appeared ...

Jun 2, 2016

Japan withdraws order to intercept North Korean missiles

Japan has canceled an order for the Self-Defense Forces to prepare to intercept ballistic missiles launched toward the country from North Korea, government sources said Thursday. The move follows a recent string of suspected missile launches that South Korea and other observers have said ...

May 2, 2016

Japan, Philippines strike deal on leasing MSDF aircraft

Japan has agreed to lease Maritime Self-Defense Force TC-90 training aircraft to the Philippines, the Defense Ministry said Monday, marking the first time for Japan to lend military aircraft to a foreign country. Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin confirmed ...

Mar 13, 2016

Delivery of Japan stealth jet prototype likely to be delayed

A prototype of Japan’s first stealth fighter jet is unlikely to be ready to ship by the end-of-March deadline due to delays in the flight testing schedule, sources close to the Defense Ministry said Sunday. The aircraft, developed by a consortium led by Mitsubishi ...