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 ...

Jul 25, 2014

Japan to express concern about French warship sale to Russia

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera plans to tell his French counterpart that Japan has strong concerns about France’s plan to sell two helicopter carriers to Russia, according to a Japanese government source. In a move meant to show support for its ally, the United States, ...

Defense Ministry will seek funds to buy Ospreys next year

Jul 11, 2014

Defense Ministry will seek funds to buy Ospreys next year

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday the ministry would request funds to buy the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft in the fiscal 2015 state budget. The government’s medium-term defense program, compiled in December, includes plans to acquire 17 of the aircraft for the Ground ...

Jun 2, 2014

Tokyo, Hanoi unite on defense ties

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and his Vietnamese counterpart, Gen. Phung Quang Thanh, agreed Sunday to strengthen defense cooperation amid alarm in both countries over China’s maritime assertiveness in the East China and South China seas. “We need to send a joint message among parties ...

May 2, 2014

Onodera to inspect SDF operations in South Sudan

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera will fly to South Sudan next week to check on Japanese troops there, becoming the first Japanese minister to visit since the new nation since it won independence from Sudan in July 2011, the ministry said Friday. On Thursday, Onodera ...

Apr 29, 2014

Japan asks for role in Malaysian jet probe panel

Japan has requested to be part of the international panel Malaysia is setting up to investigate the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner, Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Tuesday. “We welcome their participation. Then we will have a panel of experts that is ...

Australia, Japan talk shop on arms tech

Apr 28, 2014

Australia, Japan talk shop on arms tech

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Australian counterpart David Johnston agreed Monday to expand technological cooperation on defense equipment following Japan’s relaxation of a decades-old arms embargo. Johnston also backed the Prime Minister Shinizo Abe’s move to lift Japan’s ban on the right to collective ...

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 ...