Aug 29, 2016

Fresh GSDF mission in South Sudan planned under new security laws

The Defense Ministry is making final arrangements to allow Ground Self-Defense Force personnel to be sent to South Sudan, possibly in mid-November, to conduct a fresh mission in a limited area under new security laws, according to a government source. The mission, focusing on ...

Oct 29, 2015

Saga Prefecture to allow survey for proposed SDF Osprey deployment

Saga Gov. Yoshinori Yamaguchi said Thursday he will allow the central government to conduct surveys needed for the proposed deployment of Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft at a local airport in the prefecture. Yamaguchi expressed his intention during talks with Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, who sought ...

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 ...