May 21, 2015

SDF medical relief team wraps up mission in Nepal

The Self-Defense Forces’ medical relief team wrapped up its mission in earthquake-hit Nepal on Wednesday with a ceremony held at Tudikhel grounds in central Kathmandu. During the event, Nepalese Health Secretary Shanta Bahadur Shrestha and Nepal Army Maj. Gen. Kishore Jung Rana thanked the ...

May 20, 2015

SDF will only be deployed to 'safe' places, Abe says

by Mizuho Aoki

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rebuffed criticism on Wednesday that the government’s contentious security legislation would put Self-Defense Forces personnel at greater risk, saying they would provide logistics support in areas that are safe. In the first one-on-one debate with opposition party leaders since last ...

May 19, 2015

Japan ends medical mission in quake-struck Nepal

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said Tuesday a disaster relief team working in Nepal was winding up its medical support work. The team was dispatched to Nepal following the devastating earthquake there April 25. Nakatani told reporters there has been “a steady decline” in need ...

Japan, Philippines hold historic naval drills

May 12, 2015

Japan, Philippines hold historic naval drills

Two Japanese destroyers and one of the Philippines’ newest warships began historic naval exercises in the flash point South China Sea on Tuesday, showcasing a deepening alliance aimed at countering a rising China. The daylong war games, the first bilateral naval exercises between the ...