Nov 22, 2014

Japan SDF to Procure New Early Warning Aircraft

ASDF to buy new U.S. early warning planes The Defense Ministry said it will procure U.S.-made E-2D early warning aircraft for the Air Self-Defense Force. The aircraft will be deployed at the ASDF’s Naha base in Okinawa to improve Japan’s airspace defenses in the ...

Oct 21, 2014

Cabinet extends SDF mission in South Sudan

The Cabinet decided Tuesday to extend the Self-Defense Forces deployment in South Sudan by four months to the end of February. The decision came after the U.N. Security Council extended the operation of the U.N. mission in South Sudan, which the SDF personnel are ...

Sep 16, 2014

Female GSDF officer to draw NATO duty

The Defense Ministry plans to dispatch a female officer in the Ground Self-Defense Force to the NATO headquarters in Brussels later this year, sources said Tuesday. The lieutenant colonel will be the first SDF member dispatched to NATO. With the dispatch, the Abe administration ...

Aug 26, 2014

Military courts unconstitutional

The recent Cabinet decision to let Japan take part in "collective self-defense" raises the question of whether a courts-martial system, and what would likely be a more severe standard for punishing violators of Self-Defense Forces law, should be introduced.

Japan chooses Boeing 777-300ER as government's official jet

Aug 12, 2014

Japan chooses Boeing 777-300ER as government's official jet

The government on Tuesday chose two Boeing 777-300ERs as its next official jets, to go into service starting in fiscal 2019. ANA Holdings Inc., the parent of All Nippon Airways, was selected as the maintenance service provider for the aircraft. The new jets will ...