Four confirmed dead in Hokkaido crash of GSDF plane

May 16, 2017

Four confirmed dead in Hokkaido crash of GSDF plane

All four crew members were confirmed dead on Tuesday after rescuers found the wreckage of a Ground Self-Defense Force aircraft that disappeared from radar Monday in a mountainous area of Hokkaido. Police and rescue workers found pieces of the aircraft scattered over a wide ...

Turkey threatens more airstrikes on Syrian Kurds allied with U.S.

May 1, 2017

Turkey threatens more airstrikes on Syrian Kurds allied with U.S.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday his country may take further action against Kurdish militants in Iraq and Syria, as U.S.-backed forces in Syria closed in on the last neighborhoods of a former stronghold of the Islamic State group. The U.S. views the ...

SDF's 'unique climate' blamed for personnel going AWOL

Apr 24, 2017

SDF's 'unique climate' blamed for personnel going AWOL

A member of the Self-Defense Forces was drummed out of the service in March after not showing up for duty without notice for 89 days, the latest in a series of cases where SDF personnel have been absent without leave for long periods. Former ...

GSDF brigade shows off armor in rare parade in Shikoku

Apr 24, 2017

GSDF brigade shows off armor in rare parade in Shikoku

The Ground Self-Defense Force’s 14th Brigade rumbled through the city of Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture, on Sunday during a rare parade replete with combat vehicles. The event was originally scheduled for last year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the brigade’s establishment but was canceled ...

Japan, Australia eye deeper defense ties amid North Korea tension

/ Apr 19, 2017

Japan, Australia eye deeper defense ties amid North Korea tension

Facing China’s maritime assertiveness and the threat from North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, the defense ministers of Japan and Australia agreed Wednesday to deepen security cooperation. The ministers met in Tokyo a day before “two-plus-two” security talks between the countries’ foreign and defense ...

Manila receives two of five training planes leased by SDF

Mar 27, 2017

Manila receives two of five training planes leased by SDF

Two of the five Japanese training planes leased to the Philippines for maritime patrols were formally accepted in a ceremony Monday. The two TC-90 aircraft arrived mid-morning at Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite province, south of Manila, where a handover ceremony was conducted ...