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 ...

GSDF to lose some tanks, get fast-attack vehicles for isles

Nov 22, 2013

GSDF to lose some tanks, get fast-attack vehicles for isles

The government plans to include deployment of 300 high-speed combat vehicles armed with cannons in its new defense program guidelines to bolster security in the Senkaku Islands and other islets near China and Taiwan, a government source said. The Defense Ministry meanwhile plans to ...

Dud shell used to adorn alcove for over 20 years

Nov 21, 2013

Dud shell used to adorn alcove for over 20 years

A 57-year-old man from Furano, Hokkaido, forced a neighborhood evacuation Wednesday after telling municipal officials he had a dud munition ready for disposal after using it as an alcove decoration for over 20 years. About 20 households in the town of Shintomi were evacuated ...

Dud shell disrupts Tokyo train runs

Nov 17, 2013

Dud shell disrupts Tokyo train runs

Ground Self-Defense Force troops removed an unexploded bomb from northern Tokyo on Sunday, disrupting train services and forcing residents to evacuate. The shell was defused at a construction site in Kita Ward only 1 km from Akabane Station and took it to the GSDF’s ...