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Tomomi Inada said Self-Defense Force personnel taking part in U.N. peacekeeping operations in South Sudan could be withdrawn if the security conditions deteriorate in the troubled African nation.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 ...

Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine

Oct 17, 2016

Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering Monday to Yasukuni Shrine, a source of perennial diplomatic friction with China and South Korea. Abe made the masakaki tree offering under the name of the prime minister, the war-linked shrine in Tokyo said. Abe is ...

Japan, U.S. to cooperate on return of military land in Okinawa

Oct 12, 2016

Japan, U.S. to cooperate on return of military land in Okinawa

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada and Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, agreed Wednesday to cooperate over the return of roughly half of a large U.S. military training area in Okinawa Prefecture, Defense Ministry officials said. The Japanese government seeks the return ...