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An Air Self-Defense Force base in Kakamigahara, Gifu Prefecture
Jul 12, 2024
Image of likely ASDF missile model posted online
The ASDF is currently investigating whether any of its personnel were involved, officials said.
German and Japanese fighter jets take part in an exercise over Japan in September 2022.
Jun 25, 2024
Japan to hold fighter jet drills with Germany, France, Spain in July
A contingent of more than 30 military aircraft from Germany, France and Spain will arrive in Japan next month to conduct a series of training exercises with the ASDF.
Gen. Hiroaki Uchikura, the Air Self-Defense Force's chief of staff, speaks during a news conference at the Defense Ministry on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 22, 2024
ASDF lieutenant general suspended over workplace bullying
It is the first punitive action against an ASDF lieutenant general for harassment.
Defense Minister Minoru Kihara speaks with reporters at the Defense Ministry on Monday evening after holding a teleconference with his British and Italian counterparts.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 21, 2023
Japan joint fighter development group planned for fiscal '24
The 'control tower' will oversee the countries’ requirements for the joint development of the fighter by 2035.
A U.S. Air Force B-52 strategic bomber is escorted by South Korean F-35s during a joint military exercise over the Korean Peninsula that also involved Japan's Air-Self Defense Force.
Oct 27, 2023
Japan, U.S. and South Korea patrol the skies together
The three countries have historically engaged in bilateral exercises with the United States, but this trilateral exercise in the air is a notable first.
A counter is set up for people boarding an Air Self-Defense Force airplane at an airport near Tel Aviv on Thursday.
Oct 20, 2023
SDF plane evacuates Japanese and South Koreans from Israel
Two further airplanes that Japan sent will continue to stand by for possible evacuations.
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force has opened an office in Tokyo's Toranomon area to accelerate collaboration with the private sector on space technologies.
Oct 8, 2023
New Japan air force space office to promote private-sector collaboration
The government said the ASDF will be rebranded as the Air and Space Self-Defense Force as it aims to reinforce its abilities to operate in space.
A Japanese F-35A fighter jet at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komaki Minami factory in Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture, in June 2017
Aug 28, 2023
Japanese F-35 jets visit Australia in first deployment abroad
The visit marks the first activity under a new agreement to facilitate reciprocal access and cooperation between the two countries' defense forces.
A Russian IL-38 information-gathering aircraft flies between the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea in a photo taken by the Air Self-Defense Force on Friday.
Aug 18, 2023
Japan scrambles jets amid Russian and Chinese naval patrol
Russian and Chinese navy ships have been jointly patrolling the Pacific Ocean and holding naval exercises in the East China Sea.
An Air Self-Defense Force F-35A fighter aircraft
Aug 17, 2023
Japan F-35 fighters to fly to Australia in first deployment abroad
Four F-35As, supported by an aerial tanker and transport aircraft, will take part in a long-range navigation and refueling exercise starting next Monday.
An Air Self-Defense Force Kawasaki C-2 military transport aircraft is put on display at the Dubai Air Show in November 2019.
Aug 6, 2023
Japan mulls mounting long-range missiles on C-2 transporters
The missiles could be used for operations to attack enemy bases such as missile launch sites in counterstrike operations.
The village of Kitadaito in Okinawa Prefecture   Kyodo
Jul 21, 2023
Government explains radar deployment plan to residents of Okinawan island
The Defense Ministry stressed the need to build a tight surveillance system in the Pacific, where the Chinese military is increasing its activities.
Japan Times
Jun 7, 2023
Chinese and Russian bombers jointly fly above waters near Japan
While Japan's airspace was not violated, the ministry conveyed its grave concerns to China and Russia through diplomatic channels, viewing the move as a clear show of force.
Japan Times
Apr 21, 2023
Memorializing those lost in the GSDF helicopter crash
All 10 SDF members on board a helicopter that crashed in the Miyako Island group are believed to have died in the crash.
Japan Times
Feb 13, 2023
Doubts raised over Japan's ability to shoot down spy balloons
The Defense Ministry has adopted the position that airspace intrusions by foreign balloons will be dealt with accordingly.
Japan Times
Jan 16, 2023
India-Japan defense ties enter new phase with first joint fighter drills
The ASDF said that the purpose of the exercises is to “promote mutual understanding, strengthen defense cooperation between the air forces” and enhance the ASDF's tactical skills.
Japan Times
Jan 3, 2023
Japan to phase out 'eyes' of ASDF's search and rescue missions
U-125A aircraft are to be decommissioned under the nation's defense overhaul, but there are concerns that the phaseout could negatively affect the SDF's disaster response.
Japan Times
Jan 2, 2023
Japan scrambled jets to monitor Chinese aircraft carrier operations
Japan monitored the operations after the naval group, which also included missile destroyers, sailed between the main Okinawa island and Miyakojima island on Dec. 16.
Japan Times
Dec 9, 2022
Japan, U.K. and Italy to jointly develop next-gen fighter aircraft by 2035
The move will see Tokyo cooperate for the first time with countries other than the United States to meet a major defense requirement.
Japan Times
Dec 7, 2022
Japanese fighter jets land in Philippines for first time since WWII
Two Air Self-Defense Force F15s landed Tuesday at a base that was used during the war as a launch pad for kamikaze attacks against U.S. forces.


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