/ Oct 19, 2015

ASDF scrambles against China planes at record number

The Air Self-Defense force scrambled fighter jets to prevent possible incursions by Chinese planes a record 117 times for the July-September period, the Defense Ministry said. The number was up from 103 in the same period last year, although it was lower than the all-time ...

Oct 16, 2014

Japan jets scrambling to counter rising Russian incursions


The number of times Japanese fighter jets scrambled to ward off Russian military aircraft more than doubled in the last six months, amid diplomatic tensions between the two countries which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is keen to ease. The increased activity in Japan's north also ...

/ Nov 1, 2013

Japan scrambles fighters against Russian patrol plane

The Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighter jets Friday after a Russian patrol plane flew over the Sea of Japan, the Defense Ministry said. There was no violation of Japanese airspace by the IL-20 patrol plane, it said. The incident came ahead of a meeting between Japanese ...

Jul 4, 2011

U.S. policy sidelines Gaza

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made a series of stern and fiery statements recently, giving the impression that war is somehow upon us once again. Oddly, Clinton's sudden reappearance into the Middle East diplomacy scene was triggered by the brave attempts of peace ...