Aug 26, 2014

Military courts unconstitutional

The recent Cabinet decision to let Japan take part in "collective self-defense" raises the question of whether a courts-martial system, and what would likely be a more severe standard for punishing violators of Self-Defense Forces law, should be introduced.

Aug 22, 2014

ASDF scrambles fighter jets against Russian bombers

The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighter jets after a pair of Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers were detected flying in a circuit around the Japanese archipelago Thursday, the Defense Ministry’s Joint Staff office said. The bombers did not violate Japanese airspace, and the announcement ...

SDF hold drills as roles expand under defense shift

Aug 20, 2014

SDF hold drills as roles expand under defense shift

The Self-Defense Forces showcased the ability to defend remote islands Tuesday, as its role expands at home and abroad under new defense policies instituted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that have divided the nation. The military began large-scale annual “Fire Power” exercises at the ...

Jul 26, 2014

Japan to post intelligence officer at SDF base in Djibouti

The government plans to station an intelligence officer at the Self-Defense Forces base in Djibouti to deal with antipiracy operations and gather information on terrorist activities and other security matters, a source familiar with Japan-U.S. relations said Saturday. Arrangements are under way for the ...

Jul 24, 2014

Collective self-defense smokescreen

It is deplorable that Prime Minister Shinzo continues to avoid discussing the inherent dangers to Japan with regard to his Cabinet's recent reinterpretation of "collective self-defense."

SDF plans Osprey deployment in Saga in 2015

Jul 20, 2014

SDF plans Osprey deployment in Saga in 2015

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Sunday the Self-Defense Forces plans to deploy Osprey transport aircraft at Saga airport when it begins introducing the U.S. tilt-rotor plane in fiscal 2015. In his first public mention of an expected deployment site for SDF-operated Osprey aircraft, Onodera ...