Jul 12, 2014

Japan may boost F-35 procurement

The Defense Ministry may increase the planned procurement of F-35 stealth fighter jets because volume production is expected to lower the unit price, according to officials. The government decided at a Cabinet meeting in 2011 to deploy 42 F-35s as the Air Self-Defense Force’s ...

Defense Ministry will seek funds to buy Ospreys next year

Jul 11, 2014

Defense Ministry will seek funds to buy Ospreys next year

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday the ministry would request funds to buy the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft in the fiscal 2015 state budget. The government’s medium-term defense program, compiled in December, includes plans to acquire 17 of the aircraft for the Ground ...

Japan may buy additional F-35 jets if price falls, Onodera says

Jul 9, 2014

Japan may buy additional F-35 jets if price falls, Onodera says

Japan may purchase additional F-35 fighter jets if their procurement costs fall, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tuesday after visiting a Lockheed Martin Corp. assembly plant in Fort Worth, Texas. “If the unit price falls, it may be important to reconsider the number of ...

Chinese jets, SDF flirt with 'Top Gun' scenario near Senkakus

May 25, 2014

Chinese jets, SDF flirt with 'Top Gun' scenario near Senkakus

Chinese fighter jets flew within a few dozen meters of Japanese military planes over the East China Sea, officials in Tokyo said Sunday, prompting Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera to accuse Beijing of going “over the top” in its approach to disputed territory. The Chinese ...

May 10, 2014

Tokyo to get PAC-3 missile batteries

The Defense Ministry plans to deploy PAC-3 missile batteries in Tokyo in three years to shield the capital from threats, including ballistic missiles from North Korea.

Apr 27, 2014

MSDF must clean up its act

A Tokyo High Court ruling for the plaintiff in a damages suit over the suicide of a Maritime Self-Defense Force member highlights the deplorable attempt by the MSDF to cover up evidence that the victim was bullied.

Apr 21, 2014

Spike in Russian military aircraft near Japan 'abnormal'

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Sunday there have been an “abnormal” number of flights by Russian military aircraft close to Japanese islands in recent days. The country’s air defense force scrambled fighter jets for seven days in a row through Saturday after spotting Russian ...

Feb 3, 2014

Onodera to U.S. forces chief: Go easy on Okinawa

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Monday urged the United States to work to reduce the concentration of military bases on Okinawa when he met with the U.S. military’s top commander in the Pacific. “Okinawa approved our permit (for landfill to relocate a military base) ...

Jan 28, 2014

Japan seeking next government plane

The Defense Ministry has started the process for purchasing a new aircraft to be used for overseas trips by prime ministers and members of the Imperial family. Officials said they will hold a briefing Feb. 3 for companies seeking to win the order and ...

Jan 25, 2014

F-35 missile work eyed with Britain

The Defense Ministry may partner up with Britain to jointly develop missiles for the F-35 stealth fighter, sources said. The collaboration would be the second enabled by the 2011 easing of Japan’s arms export ban after a deal on developing suits to protect against ...