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 ...

Dec 21, 2015

SDF peacekeeper rescues not to be added to missions for now

The Abe administration has decided that Self-Defense Forces personnel will not be ordered to rescue endangered participants of U.N. peacekeeping operations, at least for now, according to government and other sources. The security legislation enacted in September allows the SDF to rescue participants in ...