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 ...

May 7, 2015

U.S. to sell 17 Ospreys for GSDF

The United States plans to sell 17 V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor military transport aircraft, associated equipment, parts and logistical support to Japan for an estimated cost of $3 billion, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Tuesday. The agency said it delivered the required certification ...

May 1, 2015

Abe must address home audience

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs consider whether singling out China as the reason for strengthening of Japan's security alliance with the U.S. will, in fact, help make the region "remarkably more stable."

Japan relief team arrives in Nepal as disease fears grow

Apr 30, 2015

Japan relief team arrives in Nepal as disease fears grow

An advance team from Japan’s Self-Defense Forces arrived Wednesday morning in Kathmandu to provide medical relief in Nepal, and deteriorating hygiene heightened disease risks after Saturday’s massive earthquake. Col. Hirohide Nakagawa, who leads the SDF medical relief team, said, “We hope to do a ...

Apr 28, 2015

New regime for security alliance

The latest revision to the guidelines on Japan-U.S. defense cooperation potentially expands the scope of the Self-Defense Forces' joint operation with the U.S. military on a global scale in ways that transcend the original architecture of the postwar security treaty between the two countries.