Tokyo to create helicopter-based fire rescue unit

Jun 29, 2015

Tokyo to create helicopter-based fire rescue unit

The Tokyo Fire Department will launch a helicopter-based unit called Air Hyper Rescue to battle fires in high-rise buildings. The megalopolis had around 12,500 11-story or higher buildings as of 2013, up 50 percent from a decade earlier, the department said Monday. The annual ...

Jan 30, 2015

Defense ministry ordered to pay over canceled chopper order

The Defense Ministry was ordered Thursday by the Tokyo High Court to pay all of about ¥35 billion in damages sought by Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. for canceling a helicopter order in 2008. The high court overturned a Tokyo District Court ruling last year ...

Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

Jan 26, 2015

Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

Afghanistan’s armed forces are so short of combat-ready aircraft that, late last year, they began fitting machine guns and rockets to Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopters, dubbed “flying tractors,” to bolster their air power. With new planes capable of engaging Taliban insurgents delayed by over ...

Jul 30, 2014

Japan wants France-Russia warship deal quashed

The government on Tuesday expressed “strong concern” about the planned sale of French helicopter carriers to Russia, joining some EU countries in opposing the deal as the West believes Russia has failed to meet international demands to end violence in Ukraine. President Francois Hollande ...

Choppers, phones, tablets steal scene at Tokyo Toy Show

Jun 15, 2013

Choppers, phones, tablets steal scene at Tokyo Toy Show

A toy helicopter created from cannibalized smartphones was among the main attractions Friday at the International Tokyo Toy Show, where producers were targeting the young as well as the young-at-heart. The motor that makes a telephone vibrate powers the rotor blades of the Nano-Falcon, ...