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 ...

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 ...