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 ...

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 ...