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 ...

Inada's Yasukuni visit sinks Pearl Harbor gesture

Jan 7, 2017

Inada's Yasukuni visit sinks Pearl Harbor gesture

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If Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meant what he said about the “power of reconciliation” on his Dec. 27 visit to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, he should sack Defense Minister Tomomi Inada who visited Yasukuni Shrine two days later. If he does nothing, then his ...

Japan, France agree to start talks on defense supplies-sharing pact

Jan 7, 2017

Japan, France agree to start talks on defense supplies-sharing pact

The defense and foreign ministers of Japan and France agreed at their “two-plus-two” meeting Friday to start negotiations over a bilateral accord on sharing defense supplies and services. In a joint statement issued after the meeting in Paris, the ministers also expressed opposition to ...

Dec 30, 2016

Inada's visit to war-linked shrine draws U.S. criticism

U.S. officials have reacted negatively to Defense Minister Tomomi Inada’s visit Thursday to a controversial war-linked shrine just after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor with U.S. President Barack Obama. “We continue to emphasize the importance of approaching historical legacy issues in ...