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 ...

Feb 9, 2016

Chinese spy ship frequently spotted off Boso Peninsula

The Defense Ministry said Monday in Tokyo that a Chinese naval intelligence vessel has been seen sailing outside the contiguous zone off Japan’s Boso Peninsula,Chiba Prefecture, several times since Thursday. The vessel did not enter Japanese territorial waters, the ministry said, adding it is ...

Jan 22, 2016

U.S. deploys F-22 fighters to Yokota base in Japan

The U.S. Air Force has flown 14 F-22 stealth fighters to Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo, the Japanese Defense Ministry said Friday. The arrival of the latest model of stealth fighters follows North Korea’s nuclear test on Jan. 6 and the victory of ...