Thousands march on Henoko base site

Aug 23, 2014

Thousands march on Henoko base site

by Jon Mitchell

More than 3,500 demonstrators marched to U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Saturday in the largest show of anger to date against the new American base being built off Henoko Bay to replace Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in crowded ...

Onodera tells congressman Japan supports U.S. airstrikes on Iraq

Aug 10, 2014

Onodera tells congressman Japan supports U.S. airstrikes on Iraq

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee on Sunday that Tokyo supports the recent U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. “Japan will continue to support the United States’ fight against terrorism,” ...

Is 'Kobe Formula' spanner in works?

Jul 27, 2014

Is 'Kobe Formula' spanner in works?

by Eric Johnston

On March 18, 1975, in a show of defiance against Japan-U.S. military policy, the Kobe Municipal Assembly passed a resolution that became known as the “Kobe Formula.” From that day forward, the resolution said, any ship carrying nuclear weapons would not be allowed to ...

Jul 22, 2014

Japan, South Korea, U.S. begin search and rescue exercise

South Korea, the United States and Japan held two days of search and rescue drills south of the southern island of Jeju on Monday, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said. The exercise, known as SAREX, has been held once or twice a year. This week’s ...

SDF plans Osprey deployment in Saga in 2015

Jul 20, 2014

SDF plans Osprey deployment in Saga in 2015

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Sunday the Self-Defense Forces plans to deploy Osprey transport aircraft at Saga airport when it begins introducing the U.S. tilt-rotor plane in fiscal 2015. In his first public mention of an expected deployment site for SDF-operated Osprey aircraft, Onodera ...