Aug 3, 2014

Japan to create SDF space monitoring division by 2019

The government intends to create a space monitoring division within the Self-Defense Forces by around 2019 and the Defense Ministry has already informed the United States, a source close to the bilateral relationship said Saturday. Initially, the force will be tasked with monitoring dangerous ...

Sep 20, 2013

Kyoto agrees to let U.S. install X-band radar in Kyotango

Kyoto Gov. Keiji Yamada on Thursday officially endorsed the installation of an advanced U.S. military radar site in his prefecture, paving the way for the first American military facility to be installed in the Kinki region. The X-band radar to be set up on ...

Feb 24, 2013

U.S. radar to counter North's missiles

Tokyo and Washington are mulling the installation of an X-band radar system at an Air Self-Defense Force base in Kyoto Prefecture to build up Japan’s missile defense system and counter the North Korean ballistic missile threat, sources close to bilateral ties revealed Saturday. The ...

Feb 8, 2013

Abe informed of China radar lock incident six days after the fact

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that he wasn’t informed of a Chinese navy frigate’s use of fire-control radar targeting a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer in the East China Sea on Jan. 30 until Tuesday, admitting officials were tardy in alerting him. Abe told ...

Panetta urges restraint by Beijing on territory rows

Feb 7, 2013

Panetta urges restraint by Beijing on territory rows

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urges China to tone down its stance on its territorial disputes with neighboring countries, saying Beijing should cooperate with the United States, Japan and other nations to ensure peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.