Jan 9, 2015

Ministries designated 382 secrets last year

Ministries and state agencies had named 382 subjects as secrets requiring protection under the new secrecy law as of the end of December, the government said Friday. Most of the items concerned defense and diplomacy. Of the total, the Defense Ministry listed 247 subjects ...

Jan 7, 2015

Mitsubishi Heavy to delay delivery of fighter prototype

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. is unlikely to meet the March deadline for delivery of the first test version of a Japan-made stealth fighter to the Defense Ministry, government sources said Tuesday. The delay was caused by the need to verify a way to restart ...

Japan to offer base in Chiba as U.S. Osprey maintenance depot

Oct 22, 2014

Japan to offer base in Chiba as U.S. Osprey maintenance depot

The Defense Ministry said Tuesday it will propose that the U.S. Marine Corps service its MV-22 Osprey aircraft at a Ground Self-Defense Force camp in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture. The gesture is seen as an attempt to ease the U.S. military burden on Okinawa Prefecture, ...

Defense minister seeks local support for Osprey deployment in Saga

Aug 25, 2014

Defense minister seeks local support for Osprey deployment in Saga

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera tried Monday to win over Saga Prefecture officials to his ministry’s plan to deploy V-22 Osprey transport aircraft at Saga Airport. The Self-Defense Forces plan to eventually deploy 17 of the controversial tilt-rotor aircraft there. In a meeting with Onodera ...

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 ...