Feb 5, 2017

SDF won't join U.S. operations in South China Sea: Inada

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on Sunday ruled out the possibility of the Self-Defense Forces participating in U.S. military operations in the South China Sea. At a meeting in Tokyo on Saturday, Inada and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis agreed to improve their forces’ engagement ...

Jan 30, 2017

F-15's mechanical trouble closes runaway at Naha Airport

Mechanical trouble with an Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter forced the closure of the only runway at Naha Airport in Okinawa Prefecture on Monday. Four F-15s had been scheduled to depart together at around 1:25 p.m., but one was unable to take off due ...

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 ...