National / Politics Mar 18, 2019

Japan to develop long-range, air-to-ship cruise missiles

Japan has decided to develop for the first time long-range, air-to-ship cruise missiles that can be carried by fighter jets and are capable of attacking a warship from beyond the range of enemy weapons, government sources said Sunday. The plan is aimed at boosting deterrence ...

Japan cancels MSDF port call in South Korea amid chilly ties

National Feb 5, 2019

Japan cancels MSDF port call in South Korea amid chilly ties

The Defense Ministry said Tuesday it decided to cancel a port call by a helicopter carrier in South Korea this spring as relations between the two countries have been strained over alleged provocative acts by each of their militaries. Several Maritime Self-Defense Force ships including ...

National Jan 3, 2019

Japan to step up research on high-output military laser

The Defense Ministry will crank into high gear its research to develop a high-output military laser that can intercept mortar rounds and enemy drones flying at low altitudes. The ministry included development outlays of ¥8.7 billion for such research in the fiscal 2018 budget. It plans ...