Dec 22, 2016

Cabinet signs off on larger ¥5.13 trillion draft defense budget

The Cabinet approved a fatter defense budget for the fifth consecutive year Thursday to respond to North Korea’s nuclear threats and China’s increasingly assertive maritime activities. The ¥5.13 trillion draft budget for fiscal 2017 is 1.4 percent higher than last year and covers a ...

Dec 19, 2016

Australia and France to seal next generation sub deal

France and Australia will sign a multibillion dollar deal — which Paris has billed as the “contract of the century” — for 12 state-of-the-art submarines, their defense ministers said Monday. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and France’s Minister of Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, will ink ...

Dec 13, 2016

Australia-Japan high-level defense talks postponed

A high-level security dialogue between Japan and Australia scheduled for later this month in Tokyo has been postponed until early next year, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Tuesday, citing the ill health of Defense Minister Marise Payne. “We will need to defer the meeting ...

Israel's first F-35 stealth fighters set for landing

Dec 12, 2016

Israel's first F-35 stealth fighters set for landing

Israel’s first F-35 stealth fighters were to arrive in the country Monday, with officials touting them as ultra-high-tech planes that will allow it to maintain military dominance in the Middle East. The first two of 50 F-35s to be purchased by Israel from U.S. ...

Dec 8, 2016

Kansai University bans use of military research subsidies

Kansai University will ban its researchers from applying for Defense Ministry funds for projects that could then be used for military technologies, its president said Thursday. The Defense Ministry’s subsidy program, which started in fiscal 2015, has drawn criticism from some academics who are ...

Singapore armored vehicles seized by Hong Kong customs

Nov 24, 2016

Singapore armored vehicles seized by Hong Kong customs

Armored vehicles and equipment belonging to the Singapore military were seized by Hong Kong customs at a major port in the city after arriving from Taiwan, Singapore’s defense ministry said Thursday. Without mentioning Taiwan, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement that a ...