Apr 27, 2014

MSDF must clean up its act

A Tokyo High Court ruling for the plaintiff in a damages suit over the suicide of a Maritime Self-Defense Force member highlights the deplorable attempt by the MSDF to cover up evidence that the victim was bullied.

Apr 10, 2014

Japan, China navy chiefs set to meet for talks

The chief of the Maritime Self-Defense Force is expected to meet China’s top naval officer during a trip to attend an international symposium later this month, a Japanese government source has said. The meeting of Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, the MSDF’s chief of staff, and ...

Mar 30, 2014

China seen snubbing Japan for fleet review in Qingdao

The Chinese Navy has not extended an invitation to the Maritime Self-Defense Force to take part in an international fleet review China will host late next month, a senior Japanese defense official said Sunday. Beijing is believed to be intentionally excluding Japan from the ...

Second angler in MSDF collision dies

Jan 16, 2014

Second angler in MSDF collision dies

An angler on a sport fishing boat that sank following a collision Wednesday with a Maritime Self-Defense Force transport vessel off Hiroshima Prefecture died early Thursday, the second fatality of the accident. Koji Otake, 66, was one of three anglers aboard the boat Tobiuo, ...

Anglers hurt in collision with MSDF

Jan 15, 2014

Anglers hurt in collision with MSDF

A sports fishing boat capsized and sank Wednesday morning after colliding with a Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship in the Seto Inland Sea off Otake, Hiroshima Prefecture, leaving two of the four men on board the leisure craft in critical condition, the Defense Ministry ...

Nov 1, 2013

Japan denies disrupting China drills

Government officials Friday rejected Beijing’s claim that a Maritime Self-Defense Force ship and airplane interfered in Chinese naval exercises in the Western Pacific, saying the MSDF was conducting regular legal surveillance. “I don’t see any problem as long as we conduct regular surveillance activities ...

MSDF ships make first port call in Myanmar

Oct 1, 2013

MSDF ships make first port call in Myanmar

Maritime Self-Defense Force training vessels on a round-the-world voyage arrive in Myanmar on Monday for a five-day mission, marking the first-ever port call by an MSDF vessel to the country.

Djibouti to be provided patrol ships for security

Aug 28, 2013

Djibouti to be provided patrol ships for security

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh that Japan plans to provide patrol ships to the northeast African nation to help its coast guard improve maritime security. The first Japanese prime minister to visit Djibouti, Abe on Tuesday toured the operating ...