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.

Mar 6, 2015

State sues Okinawa over document disclosure without consent

The central government has sued the Okinawa Prefectural Government to nullify its decision to disclose documents including an accord on joint use of a road in Okinawa without the consent of the Japanese and U.S. governments, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. The central government ...

Jan 30, 2015

Defense ministry ordered to pay over canceled chopper order

The Defense Ministry was ordered Thursday by the Tokyo High Court to pay all of about ¥35 billion in damages sought by Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. for canceling a helicopter order in 2008. The high court overturned a Tokyo District Court ruling last year ...

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 ...