Jul 12, 2014

Japan may boost F-35 procurement

The Defense Ministry may increase the planned procurement of F-35 stealth fighter jets because volume production is expected to lower the unit price, according to officials. The government decided at a Cabinet meeting in 2011 to deploy 42 F-35s as the Air Self-Defense Force’s ...

Jul 8, 2014

SDF bases welcome students on field trips

by Hotaka Tazawa

Public awareness in of the Self-Defense Forces is growing, with an increasing number of students under college age visiting SDF bases as part of social studies programs. Helping fuel interest is the recent high-profile move by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to strengthen the nation’s ...