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 ...

Japan to offer base in Chiba as U.S. Osprey maintenance depot

Oct 22, 2014

Japan to offer base in Chiba as U.S. Osprey maintenance depot

The Defense Ministry said Tuesday it will propose that the U.S. Marine Corps service its MV-22 Osprey aircraft at a Ground Self-Defense Force camp in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture. The gesture is seen as an attempt to ease the U.S. military burden on Okinawa Prefecture, ...