ASDF jet disappears from radar over southwestern Japan

National Apr 6, 2016

ASDF jet disappears from radar over southwestern Japan

An Air Self-Defense Force jet carrying six people disappeared from radar over Kagoshima Prefecture on Wednesday afternoon, the ASDF announced. The U-125 disappeared from radar at around 2:35 p.m. while it was flying about 10 km north of the Maritime Self-Defense Force's Kanoya base in ...

Ex-ASDF chief denies misusing political funds

National / Crime & Legal Mar 8, 2016

Ex-ASDF chief denies misusing political funds

Toshio Tamogami, a former Air Self-Defense Force chief whose office was searched on suspicion of using political funds for private purposes, told reporters Tuesday the accusation was false. "I have not used political funds for private purposes. I hope they will investigate thoroughly," he said. Prosecutors ...

New AWACS unit launched in Naha

National Apr 20, 2014

New AWACS unit launched in Naha

A new E-2C early warning patrol plane unit was launched Sunday at an Air Self-Defense Force base in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, to bolster surveillance amid repeated intrusions by Chinese vessels into Japanese territorial waters. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told ASDF members at a ceremony commemorating ...

National / Politics Feb 10, 2014

Tamogami finds some support in younger generation

by Masaaki Kameda

He may have lost the Tokyo gubernatorial election Sunday, but Toshio Tamogami appears to have won over younger voters who favored the hawkish former Air Self-Defense Force general more than middle-aged and elderly voters did, according to media exit polls. However, experts caution it's too ...

Tamogami pledges SDF disaster prep

National / Politics Jan 7, 2014

Tamogami pledges SDF disaster prep

by Ayako Mie

Toshio Tamogami, a former top officer in the Air Self-Defense Force cashiered for historical revisionist comments, formally announces he will run for Tokyo governor, pledging to build a stronger disaster response system with the SDF to brace for terrorist attacks during the 2020 Olympics ...