Japan offers to build subs in Australia 'from day one'

Oct 6, 2015

Japan offers to build subs in Australia 'from day one'

The Japanese consortium bidding for a $35 billion project to build submarines for Australia said Tuesday it is confident it can build the boats in Australia from the outset should the Australian government request it. Defense Ministry spokesman Masaki Ishikawa was effectively confirming that ...

Oct 1, 2015

Defense Ministry launches new equipment management agency

The Defense Ministry launched a new agency Thursday to centralize its logistical needs and deal with the development, procurement and export of defense equipment. By establishing the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency, the government said it aimed to cut costs by consolidating defense equipment-related ...

Sep 7, 2015

Civil Aviation Bureau head tapped to run Japan Tourism Agency

The transport ministry has decided to appoint Civil Aviation Bureau Director General Akihiko Tamura, 59, as commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency, according to officials. With the appointment, set to take effect later this month, Tamura will succeed current Commissioner Shigeto Kubo, who is ...

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 ...