Aug 13, 2015

GSDF paratroopers join in landmark jump over Alaska

Two dozen members of the Ground Self Defense Force became the first Japanese paratroopers to take part in a training jump from an American forces plane over U.S. soil. The jump took place Wednesday over interior Alaska as paratroopers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and ...

Residents of remote isle back GSDF surveillance deployment

Feb 23, 2015

Residents of remote isle back GSDF surveillance deployment

A referendum Sunday in the Okinawan town of Yonaguni found that most voters support the planned deployment of a Ground Self-Defense Force surveillance unit. The outcome of the vote in the town of around 1,500 is not legally binding, but it supports Mayor Shukichi ...

Aug 13, 2014

GSDF to station unit on Amami-Oshima for island defense

The Defense Ministry asked local authorities on Tuesday for their cooperation in establishing a Ground Self-Defense Force unit on Amami-Oshima Island as part of efforts to boost the defense of remote islands in the region. Parliamentary Senior Vice Defense Minister Ryota Takeda made the ...

May 20, 2014

Amami Island set to host GSDF troops

The government has begun plans to deploy a Ground Self-Defense Force unit on Amami-Oshima Island as part of efforts to boost defense of remote islands amid the territorial row with China, a government source said. Similar GSDF units will be stationed on Ishigaki and ...

Feb 16, 2014

GSDF eyes smartphones to boost communications with U.S. forces

Japan plans to improve communications between the Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. military forces by using smartphone-type terminals, a Defense Ministry source said Sunday. The government start developing a software prototype from April with the aim of rolling it out in fiscal 2018, the ...

Tank engine development eyed with Turkey

Jan 4, 2014

Tank engine development eyed with Turkey

The government plans to embark on joint development of tank engines with Turkey under arms embargo rules eased in 2011, government sources said Saturday. Turkey is showing interest in engine technology employed in the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Type 10 tank, according to the sources. ...

SDF duty put on hold; unit starts aiding refugees

Dec 24, 2013

SDF duty put on hold; unit starts aiding refugees

Self-Defense Forces members participating in U.N. peacekeeping operations in South Sudan have suspended their infrastructure building work and have started instead to provide support for displaced people seeking refuge from violence at U.N. facilities in the capital, Juba. Col. Kenichi Igawa of the Ground ...

Japan's aid to chemical arms watchdog lauded

Dec 10, 2013

Japan's aid to chemical arms watchdog lauded

Ichiro Akiyama, a former Ground Self-Defense Force officer, said Monday that Japanese have made important contributions to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which was named this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Akiyama, the first director of the Inspectorate Division ...

Ex-GSDF spy recalls sending agent to North

Nov 28, 2013

Ex-GSDF spy recalls sending agent to North

A former member of a special Ground Staff Office unit has told Kyodo News about intelligence activities long conducted without the knowledge of the prime minister or defense minister, including paying several million yen to collaborators and sending a spy to North Korea. The ...