Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to head Pentagon

World Dec 3, 2014

Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to head Pentagon

Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter emerged on Tuesday as the expected nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as U.S. defense secretary, sources said. Carter, a former deputy secretary at the Department of Defense, would have the task of breaking into the tight-knit White House inner circle ...

National Apr 6, 2014

Obama visit chance to showcase robust alliance: Kishida

Japan wants to make U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming visit an opportunity to show the robust Japan-U.S. alliance to the world, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday. In a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in Tokyo, Kishida said he is looking forward ...

Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

National Apr 6, 2014

Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

by Mizuho Aoki

The United States plans to deploy two additional Aegis destroyers to Japan by 2017 to reinforce missile defenses against increasingly provocative North Korea, visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday. During a joint news conference following an hourlong-meeting in Tokyo with Defense Minister Itsunori ...

Editorials Mar 6, 2014

Trimming U.S. military spending

The headline-grabbing cuts in America's 2015 fiscal budget, unveiled by President Barack Obama this week, involve the downsizing of the U.S. military. The plans are controversial in light of recent events on the Crimean Peninsula and the so-called rebalance of U.S. forces to the ...

National Jan 5, 2014

Hagel makes case for mending fences

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urges Japan to make nice with its neighbors following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s upsetting visit to war-linked Yasukuni Shrine.

Onodera, Hagel worry ADIZ may trigger conflict

National Nov 28, 2013

Onodera, Hagel worry ADIZ may trigger conflict

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday shared their "strong concern" about China's establishment of an air defense identification zone over the East China Sea, saying it could lead to a confrontation. "We agreed that China's one-sided action could trigger ...