Defense minister seeks local support for Osprey deployment in Saga

National Aug 25, 2014

Defense minister seeks local support for Osprey deployment in Saga

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera tried Monday to win over Saga Prefecture officials to his ministry's plan to deploy V-22 Osprey transport aircraft at Saga Airport. The Self-Defense Forces plan to eventually deploy 17 of the controversial tilt-rotor aircraft there. In a meeting with Onodera in the ...

Defense Ministry eyes record-high budget request of over ¥5 trillion

National Aug 24, 2014

Defense Ministry eyes record-high budget request of over ¥5 trillion

The defense of remote islands, including the creation of an amphibious force, is a high priority in a record-high ¥5.05 trillion budget the Defense Ministry plans to request for fiscal 2015 from next April, government officials said. Including U.S. military realignment costs, the budget request, ...

National Aug 3, 2014

Japan to create SDF space monitoring division by 2019

The government intends to create a space monitoring division within the Self-Defense Forces by around 2019 and the Defense Ministry has already informed the United States, a source close to the bilateral relationship said Saturday. Initially, the force will be tasked with monitoring dangerous debris ...

Japan may buy additional F-35 jets if price falls, Onodera says

National Jul 9, 2014

Japan may buy additional F-35 jets if price falls, Onodera says

Japan may purchase additional F-35 fighter jets if their procurement costs fall, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tuesday after visiting a Lockheed Martin Corp. assembly plant in Fort Worth, Texas. "If the unit price falls, it may be important to reconsider the number of fighters ...

Chinese jets, SDF flirt with 'Top Gun' scenario near Senkakus

National May 25, 2014

Chinese jets, SDF flirt with 'Top Gun' scenario near Senkakus

Chinese fighter jets flew within a few dozen meters of Japanese military planes over the East China Sea, officials in Tokyo said Sunday, prompting Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera to accuse Beijing of going "over the top" in its approach to disputed territory. The Chinese SU-27 ...

Editorials Apr 27, 2014

MSDF must clean up its act

A Tokyo High Court ruling for the plaintiff in a damages suit over the suicide of a Maritime Self-Defense Force member highlights the deplorable attempt by the MSDF to cover up evidence that the victim was bullied.