Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

Apr 6, 2014

Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

by Mizuho Aoki

The United States plans to deploy two additional Aegis destroyers to Japan by 2017 to reinforce missile defenses against increasingly provocative North Korea, visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday. During a joint news conference following an hourlong-meeting in Tokyo with Defense Minister ...

Feb 3, 2014

Onodera to U.S. forces chief: Go easy on Okinawa

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Monday urged the United States to work to reduce the concentration of military bases on Okinawa when he met with the U.S. military’s top commander in the Pacific. “Okinawa approved our permit (for landfill to relocate a military base) ...

Jan 5, 2014

Hagel makes case for mending fences

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urges Japan to make nice with its neighbors following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s upsetting visit to war-linked Yasukuni Shrine.

Dec 7, 2013

Manila, Tokyo discuss SDF deployment framework during disasters

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Saturday he discussed with his Filipino counterpart a possible framework for quick advance deployment of Self-Defense Forces personnel to the Philippines in times of disaster. Emerging from a meeting with Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin at the start of ...

Onodera, Hagel worry ADIZ may trigger conflict

Nov 28, 2013

Onodera, Hagel worry ADIZ may trigger conflict

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday shared their “strong concern” about China’s establishment of an air defense identification zone over the East China Sea, saying it could lead to a confrontation. “We agreed that China’s one-sided action could ...

Nov 13, 2013

Japan to send 1,000 SDF troops to typhoon-hit Philippines

The government is preparing to send as many as 1,000 Self-Defense Forces troops for emergency relief work in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Wednesday. The government plans to dispatch the SDF troops as soon as it receives an official request from ...

Nov 6, 2013

Report says U.S. spied on Japan to gain 'economic advantage'

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera expressed discomfort Tuesday over a U.S. newspaper report that Japan is among the countries covered by the U.S. National Security Agency’s surveillance. Onodera told a news conference that he was not aware of the reported practice. “It is never desirable ...