Mar 13, 2016

Delivery of Japan stealth jet prototype likely to be delayed

A prototype of Japan’s first stealth fighter jet is unlikely to be ready to ship by the end-of-March deadline due to delays in the flight testing schedule, sources close to the Defense Ministry said Sunday. The aircraft, developed by a consortium led by Mitsubishi ...

Japan eyes permanent joint HQ for SDF

Mar 13, 2016

Japan eyes permanent joint HQ for SDF

The government considers setting up a permanent joint headquarters under the chief of staff of the Joint Staff to control the Self-Defense Forces in an integrated manner.

Mar 1, 2016

Kuraray, Unitika raided over alleged bid-rigging for SDF uniforms

The government’s antitrust watchdog on Tuesday conducted on-site inspections of major textile and clothing makers Kuraray Co. and Unitika Ltd. following allegations the companies rigged bids to produce combat fatigues and other uniforms for the Self-Defense Forces. The Japan Fair Trade Commission is also ...

Jan 26, 2016

ASDF to form new air wing in Okinawa

The Air Self-Defense Force will form a new air wing Sunday at its base in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture. The move is part of the government’s efforts to enhance the defense of the Nansei island chain in the East China Sea amid China’s increasing maritime ...