National / Politics Oct 21, 2015

Japan, South Korea defense chiefs agree to expand exchanges

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo agreed Tuesday to expand bilateral defense exchanges and promote talks with the United States on security issues. Meeting in Seoul, Nakatani and Han affirmed cooperation in dealing with North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons ...

Japan offers to build subs in Australia 'from day one'

National / Politics Oct 6, 2015

Japan offers to build subs in Australia 'from day one'

The Japanese consortium bidding for a $35 billion project to build submarines for Australia said Tuesday it is confident it can build the boats in Australia from the outset should the Australian government request it. Defense Ministry spokesman Masaki Ishikawa was effectively confirming that the ...

National / Politics Oct 1, 2015

Defense Ministry launches new equipment management agency

The Defense Ministry launched a new agency Thursday to centralize its logistical needs and deal with the development, procurement and export of defense equipment. By establishing the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency, the government said it aimed to cut costs by consolidating defense equipment-related functions ...

Editorials Aug 25, 2015

Defense Ministry internal document

The Abe administration needs to provide sufficient explanations on the SDF's activities and operations related to the bills to the Diet to prevent the SDF from making decisions while keeping the Diet and the public in the dark.

Drone disappears during windy test flight at Defense Ministry

National Jul 22, 2015

Drone disappears during windy test flight at Defense Ministry

A commercial drone being test-flown at the Defense Ministry's premises in central Tokyo went missing amid strong winds Wednesday but was apparently found and recovered hours later, the ministry said. The drone disappeared when members of the Self-Defense Forces and others were testing it on ...

National Jul 16, 2015

Japan fighter jet scrambles down by half in April-June

Fighter jet scrambles by the Air Self-Defense Force fell by half in the April-June period to 173 from a year earlier, the Defense Ministry said. Scrambles against Russian planes posted a one-off spike in the second quarter of 2014, and the quarterly decline this year ...

National Jul 7, 2015

Defense personnel data feared leaked after cyberattack on hotel

Data about defense personnel may have been leaked after a cyberattack in May compromised computers at a Tokyo hotel mainly used by Defense Ministry officials and Self-Defense Forces personnel, sources said Tuesday. A computer at Hotel Grand Hill Ichigaya, run by the mutual aid society ...