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 ...

SDF troops in South Sudan could withdraw if security worsens: defense chief

Dec 10, 2016

SDF troops in South Sudan could withdraw if security worsens: defense chief

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said Self-Defense Force personnel taking part in U.N. peacekeeping operations in South Sudan could be withdrawn if the security conditions deteriorate in the troubled African nation. “The situation could abruptly change so we will consistently gather necessary information for ensuring ...

Nov 25, 2016

SDF recruitment flyers cast doubt on defense minister, highlight gender

A public relations branch of the Self-Defense Forces in Akita Prefecture is retracting recruitment flyers that describe Defense Minister Tomomi Inada as unreliable and highlight her gender, SDF officials said. The A4-size advertisement made by an SDF member based Odate reads: “Defense Minister Inada ...