MSDF spots China's first aircraft carrier sailing into the Pacific

Dec 25, 2016

MSDF spots China's first aircraft carrier sailing into the Pacific

The Maritime Self-Defense Force on Sunday morning spotted China’s only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, cruising into the Western Pacific Ocean for the first time via the waterway between Okinawa and Miyakojima Island, the Defense Ministry said. The Liaoning, accompanied by three guided missile destroyers ...

Dec 18, 2016

Bird flu's spread to Hokkaido sparks culling of 210,000 chickens

Japan has begun slaughtering about 210,000 farm birds in northern Hokkaido to contain another outbreak of highly contagious bird flu, an official said Sunday. It is the fifth mass cull this winter, with hundreds of officials working to prevent the virulent H5 strain detected ...

Dec 17, 2016

Top MSDF officer admonished for meddling in helicopter procurement process

The Defense Ministry has said it admonished Adm. Tomohisa Takei, the Maritime Self-Defense Force chief of staff, for undermining — through “thoughtless” remarks to subordinates — the procurement process for new helicopters. The results of a ministry investigation released Friday found that Takei mentioned ...

Dec 12, 2016

Japan disputes China's claim ASDF fighters fired 'interference bomb'

Tokyo on Sunday disputed China’s claim that two Japanese fighter jets fired what Beijing calls an “interference bomb” as Chinese military planes passed over the Miyako Strait in Okinawa Prefecture the previous day. The Defense Ministry in Tokyo said Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets ...

Protests held against expanded mission for SDF in South Sudan

Dec 11, 2016

Protests held against expanded mission for SDF in South Sudan

A protest march and rally were held in Tokyo on Sunday to oppose the expansion of mission parameters for Ground Self-Defense Force personnel taking part in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. The event was held the day before the personnel officially received ...