Four confirmed dead in Hokkaido crash of GSDF plane

May 16, 2017

Four confirmed dead in Hokkaido crash of GSDF plane

All four crew members were confirmed dead on Tuesday after rescuers found the wreckage of a Ground Self-Defense Force aircraft that disappeared from radar Monday in a mountainous area of Hokkaido.Police and rescue workers found pieces of the aircraft scattered over a wide swath ...

SDF's 'unique climate' blamed for personnel going AWOL

Apr 24, 2017

SDF's 'unique climate' blamed for personnel going AWOL

A member of the Self-Defense Forces was drummed out of the service in March after not showing up for duty without notice for 89 days, the latest in a series of cases where SDF personnel have been absent without leave for long periods.Former personnel ...

GSDF brigade shows off armor in rare parade in Shikoku

Apr 24, 2017

GSDF brigade shows off armor in rare parade in Shikoku

The Ground Self-Defense Force’s 14th Brigade rumbled through the city of Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture, on Sunday during a rare parade replete with combat vehicles.The event was originally scheduled for last year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the brigade’s establishment but was canceled because ...