Aug 25, 2015

Defense Ministry internal document

The Abe administration needs to provide sufficient explanations on the SDF's activities and operations related to the bills to the Diet to prevent the SDF from making decisions while keeping the Diet and the public in the dark.

Drone disappears during windy test flight at Defense Ministry

Jul 22, 2015

Drone disappears during windy test flight at Defense Ministry

A commercial drone being test-flown at the Defense Ministry’s premises in central Tokyo went missing amid strong winds Wednesday but was apparently found and recovered hours later, the ministry said. The drone disappeared when members of the Self-Defense Forces and others were testing it ...

Jul 16, 2015

Japan fighter jet scrambles down by half in April-June

Fighter jet scrambles by the Air Self-Defense Force fell by half in the April-June period to 173 from a year earlier, the Defense Ministry said. Scrambles against Russian planes posted a one-off spike in the second quarter of 2014, and the quarterly decline this ...

Jul 7, 2015

Defense personnel data feared leaked after cyberattack on hotel

Data about defense personnel may have been leaked after a cyberattack in May compromised computers at a Tokyo hotel mainly used by Defense Ministry officials and Self-Defense Forces personnel, sources said Tuesday. A computer at Hotel Grand Hill Ichigaya, run by the mutual aid ...

Jun 28, 2015

Defense Ministry might take Okinawa to court

The Defense Ministry might take Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga to court if he nullifies the government’s approval of reclamation work for a U.S. replacement base in the prefecture, a senior ministry official said. A third-party committee set up by Onaga, who took office last ...

Apr 26, 2015

Civilian control over the SDF

Lawmakers should confirm the importance of civilian control of the SDF and pursue ways to strengthen the system rather than to undermine it.