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Japan Times
JAPAN
May 9, 2020
Japan to launch ASDF space unit to monitor threat to satellites
Japan will launch its first space operations unit within the Air Self-Defense Force on May 18 to monitor threats to Japanese satellites in outer space, Defense Minister Taro Kono has said.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 8, 2020
Former ASDF colonel indicted over defense leak involving E-2D early warning plane
Tokyo prosecutors indicted on Friday a former Air Self-Defense Force officer for allegedly leaking confidential information on a U.S.-made military aircraft to unauthorized individuals.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 16, 2020
Two SDF planes arrive in Australia to help fight bush fires
Two Air Self-Defense Force planes arrived at an air base on the outskirts of Sydney on Thursday to assist in fighting unprecedented and deadly bush fires across the country.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 6, 2019
Blue Impulse aerobatics team to draw Olympic rings in sky at flame-welcoming ceremony
Japan's Blue Impulse aerobatics team will draw the five Olympic rings in the sky with colored smoke at a ceremony in March to mark the arrival of the sacred flame from Greece, a source said Friday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 29, 2019
U.S. B-52 bombers make rare training flight over Sea of Japan with ASDF
Two U.S. B-52 heavy bombers made a rare training flight with the Air Self-Defense Force over the Sea of Japan last week, in a mission that likely comes in response to a spate of North Korean short-range missile tests over the last several months.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 9, 2019
ASDF holds PAC-3 missile defense drill in Tokyo after spate of North Korean launches
The Air Self-Defense Force carried out a quick deployment drill for its Patriot Advanced Capability-3, or PAC-3, missile interceptors in Tokyo on Wednesday, in order to maintain readiness for missile defense operations.
JAPAN
Aug 22, 2019
Japan eyes new defense unit to monitor space from ASDF base in west Tokyo
The Defense Ministry has decided to make a budget request for a new space monitoring unit to be set up in fiscal 2020 within its air forces, government sources said Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 9, 2019
Air Self-Defense Force concludes F-35A crash off northern Japan caused by human error
The Air Self-Defense Force concluded Friday that the April crash of an F-35A stealth fighter in the Pacific Ocean was caused by "spatial disorientation" on the part of the pilot and not by any mechanical problem.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 1, 2019
ASDF to resume F-35A flights four months after fatal crash off northern Japan
The Defense Ministry resumed flights of Air Self-Defense Force F-35A stealth fighter jets Thursday afternoon, having suspended them since a fatal crash in April, the first ever reported for the aircraft.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 7, 2019
Remains of Japan ASDF pilot found, two months after F-35A fighter crash off Aomori
Remains of the pilot of an Air Self-Defense Force F-35A stealth jet fighter that went missing off Aomori Prefecture on April 9 have been retrieved from the ocean, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Friday.
JAPAN
Apr 11, 2019
F-35 stealth fighter that crashed off Japan didn't send distress signal before Pacific plunge
The single-seat jet had a system that would have emitted distress signals if the pilot ejected from the cockpit with a parachute, the ASDF said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 10, 2019
F-35A fighter jet crashed, Japan's defense ministry says, as hunt for missing pilot continues
According to Air Self-Defense Force, the incident in waters off Aomori Prefecture is the first crash involving an F-35A fighter anywhere in the world.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 24, 2019
Japan to use Osprey aircraft for overseas rescue operations, sources say
The government plans to introduce a special operations variant of the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft for Self-Defense Forces to conduct dangerous and covert missions abroad.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 20, 2019
Japan transport ministry to ease huge costs for retired SDF pilots hoping to move into airline jobs
The transport ministry said Tuesday it will revise a system that currently costs retired Self-Defense Force pilots millions of yen to secure their commercial pilot's instrument rating certification, amid predictions there will be a shortage of airline pilots by around 2030.
JAPAN
Nov 19, 2018
ASDF fighter jet makes emergency landing at U.S. base in Okinawa
An Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter jet made an emergency landing at the U.S. Air Force's Kadena Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture on Monday morning after a hydraulic system failure was detected, defense officials said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 24, 2018
Japan sees first woman qualify as fighter jet pilot
1st Lt. Misa Matsushima, 26, has become Japan's first woman to qualify as a fighter jet pilot in the nation's Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF).
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 7, 2018
Door falls off Japan Air Self-Defense Force helicopter flying over Kagoshima island
A door weighing over 30 kilograms fell from an Air Self-Defense Force helicopter Tuesday during a flight over Okinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, the Defense Ministry said.
JAPAN
Jan 23, 2018
Japan to deploy its first F-35A stealth fighter Friday at Misawa base
The first F-35A stealth fighter jet for the Air Self-Defense Force is set to be deployed to the Misawa base in Aomori Prefecture on Friday, Defense Ministry officials said Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 18, 2017
Japanese fighter jet catches fire before takeoff from base in Ibaraki Prefecture
An Air Self-Defense Force F-4 fighter jet caught fire Wednesday shortly before it was to depart for a training flight from a base in Ibaraki Prefecture, the ASDF said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 18, 2017
Helmets found in waters off Shizuoka Prefecture where ASDF chopper with four aboard apparently crashed
Rescuers on Wednesday said despite finding three helmets, none of the four crew members had been found at the site where an Air Self-Defense Force helicopter crashed the day before in waters off Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture.

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