Japan defense contractors get used to dealing with foreign military buyers

Oct 14, 2016

Japan defense contractors get used to dealing with foreign military buyers

Until recently, public meetings between Japanese defense contractors and uniformed foreign military delegations would have stirred controversy in Japan, yet this week’s aerospace show in Tokyo saw plenty. With the nation stepping back from decades of state-sponsored pacifism amid concern over China’s growing power ...

Japan, U.S. to cooperate on return of military land in Okinawa

Oct 12, 2016

Japan, U.S. to cooperate on return of military land in Okinawa

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada and Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, agreed Wednesday to cooperate over the return of roughly half of a large U.S. military training area in Okinawa Prefecture, Defense Ministry officials said. The Japanese government seeks the return ...

Ex-commander says U.K.'s 'withered' forces could not defend country

Sep 17, 2016

Ex-commander says U.K.'s 'withered' forces could not defend country

Britain’s armed forces would be unable to defend the country against a serious military attack because they have been “withered” by cuts, a former senior commander warned before his retirement, the Financial Times reported on Saturday. In a 10-page memo sent to Defence Secretary ...

Sep 14, 2016

Japan and China hold maritime talks amid Senkaku tensions

Japan and China on Wednesday started a two-day meeting of senior officials on maritime issues, including a system aimed at preventing unintended clashes in and over nearby waters and the possible restart of talks on joint gas development in the East China Sea. The ...

Japan's new defense chief to visit U.S., South Sudan

Sep 14, 2016

Japan's new defense chief to visit U.S., South Sudan

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada will visit the United States to hold talks with her U.S. counterpart Ashton Carter on Thursday, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The meeting that comes as the two countries eye closer cooperation under Japan’s new security legislation. The talks between ...

Aug 23, 2016

U.S. to deploy F-35 fighters in western Japan next year

The central government has informed the city of Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture that 16 F-35 fighters will be deployed at the U.S. military base in the first half of next year. It will reportedly be the first overseas deployment of the F-35. High-ranking officials from ...