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 ...

U.S. to ban powerless devices on flights

Jul 7, 2014

U.S. to ban powerless devices on flights

Travelers boarding aircraft with smartphones and laptop computers may have to prove that the devices have a charged battery and can power up, to demonstrate that they have not been modified to contain explosives, U.S. authorities said Sunday. Travelers bound for the U.S. from ...

Jul 7, 2014

U.S. tightens security on electronics at overseas airports

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on U.S.-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged up, the agency said Sunday. The new measure is part of the TSA’s effort announced last week to ...

Jul 3, 2014

U.S. asks for more security at some foreign airports

The U.S. is calling for tighter security measures at some foreign airports, as intelligence officials are concerned about a new al-Qaida effort to create a bomb that would go undetected through airport security, a counterterrorism official said Tuesday. American intelligence has picked up indications ...

Thailand to tighten security as crisis deepens

May 11, 2014

Thailand to tighten security as crisis deepens

Thailand’s caretaker government says it will increase security to prevent clashes that could arise between the two sides in an escalating political crisis. In a televised announcement Sunday, the government’s security committee warned people to stay away from protest sites for their own safety. ...

Japan, EU agree to speed up trade talks

May 8, 2014

Japan, EU agree to speed up trade talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Union leaders agreed Wednesday to speed up efforts to conclude a free trade agreement and cooperate on countering attacks in cyberspace. “We will negotiate intensively while aiming to achieve a broad (trade) agreement in 2015,” Abe said at ...

Lost codes spark Haneda scramble

Apr 22, 2014

Lost codes spark Haneda scramble

Airport authorities launcd a frantic scramble to change security pass codes a day before U.S. President Barack Obama arrives, after an airline employee dropped a memo containing the details.