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 ...

Oct 21, 2015

Japan, South Korea defense chiefs agree to expand exchanges

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo agreed Tuesday to expand bilateral defense exchanges and promote talks with the United States on security issues. Meeting in Seoul, Nakatani and Han affirmed cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s missile and nuclear ...

U.S. Air Force plans Okinawa Osprey drills

Oct 15, 2015

U.S. Air Force plans Okinawa Osprey drills

The U.S. Air Force is considering conducting drills using CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft in Japan, including in Okinawa, it was learned Wednesday. On the day, the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau presented to the prefecture documents prepared by the U.S. military, including drill plans ...