Tag - drones



A Ground Self-Defense Force AH-1S Cobra attack helicopter fires ammunition during a live-fire exercise in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, in May 2022.
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Jan 25, 2024
Will drones replace helicopter pilots in the Self-Defense Forces?
Japan has already begun to make a major shift to transfer the functions of traditional defense aircraft to unmanned aerial vehicles.
Local authorities say oil tanks at this storage facility caught fire after the military brought down a Ukrainian drone, in the town of Klintsy in the Bryansk Region, Russia, on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 23, 2024
Ukrainian drone attacks menace key Russian oil export route
Keeping Russia’s oil exports steady is crucial for the Kremlin, which receives approximately 30% of total budget revenues from the nation’s energy industry.
A volunteer places a box containing medicines into a drone on Jan. 8 in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 16, 2024
Drones' potential put to test in Ishikawa quake relief
As relief efforts continue, some hope to see a boost in the role of drones in responding to disasters in the future.
A drone soccer match is demonstrated at CES in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Jan 12, 2024
Buzz, bump, goal! Drone soccer aims high at CES
There was a loud whirring sound at CES in Las Vegas this week. It wasn't a swarm of insects, but instead a demonstration of drone soccer.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III in 2021. The U.S. military carried out strikes on three sites used by Iran-backed forces in Iraq on Dec. 25 after an attack wounded American personnel earlier that day, Austin has said.
Dec 26, 2023
U.S. launches strikes on Iran-backed militants in Iraq after attack
The report comes amid fears of broader conflict in the region, the same day an Israeli air strike in Syria was said to have killed an Iranian commander.
Researchers prepare to conduct a mapping survey of a reforested area on a hillside near Chiang Mai, Thailand.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Dec 18, 2023
In Thailand, drones help solve forest carbon capture riddle
Drones are part of an increasingly sophisticated arsenal used by scientists to understand forests and their role in the battle against climate change.
Palestinians walk among the rubble, as they inspect houses destroyed in Israeli strikes amid the temporary truce between Hamas and Israel on Monday.
Nov 28, 2023
Drones show how Israeli bombs turned Gaza into moonscape
Where schools, mosques and apartment blocks once stood are now covered with smoke and rubble.
A U.S. service member passes in front of an MQ-9 Reaper drone in 2018. The U.S. military in Japan has relocated its reconnaissance drone operations unit to Okinawa, despite local objection.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 25, 2023
U.S. spy drones relocated to Okinawa despite local objection
The shift is part of moves to strengthen surveillance of Chinese activities in nearby waters following a temporary deployment to the Kyushu region.
U.S. Kadena Air Base in Okinawa
Nov 12, 2023
U.S. spy drone unit leaves Kagoshima for move to Okinawa
The U.S. drones are set to be used to strengthen surveillance of Chinese military ships in the East China Sea.
U.S. President Joe Biden toasts with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during an official state dinner at the White House in Washington on Wednesday.
Oct 26, 2023
U.S. and Australia seek military drone cooperation with Japan
The moves comes as the nations aim to maintain an edge in the face of China's growing military might.
A U.S. military MQ-9 Reaper unmanned reconnaissance drone at a Maritime Self-Defense Force air base in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture, in November last year
Oct 6, 2023
U.S. spy drones may be relocated from Kagoshima to Okinawa
The move is part of efforts to strengthen surveillance around the Nansei island chain.
A Ukrainian drone pilot, call sign Darwin, operating a first-person-view, or FPV, drone on a test flight near Kupiansk, Ukraine, on Aug. 5.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 1, 2023
Ukraine’s war of drones runs into an obstacle: China
Ukraine's latest fight is one over global electronics supply chains that run through China.
Selcuk Bayraktar, chairman of Turkish defense firm Baykar and son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, attends the presidential swearing-in ceremony after Erdogan's election win in Ankara on June 3.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 28, 2023
Erdogan’s son-in-law makes Turkey a world leader in lethal drones
Baykar's new generation of unmanned combat aircraft will fly faster and farther, while carrying more weapons than its existing models.
The U.S Navy's Ranger unmanned vessel docks at Yokosuka Naval Base in Kanagawa Prefecture. The ship is one of two U.S. Navy unmanned prototype vessels that were recently dispatched to Japan as part of a long-range deployment exercise.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 21, 2023
Unmanned U.S. Navy vessels make Japan debut
The U.S. Navy debuted the unmanned prototype vessels as it prepares to increase both the number and use of drones amid growing tensions with China.
A U.S. Marine shows off a Grp I UAS Black Hornet drone as part of the Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise at Camp Pendleton, California, in July 2016.
Sep 13, 2023
U.S. allies and partners critical for Pentagon’s drone swarm strategy
Questions remain about how much technology Washington will be willing to share without the risk of compromising security.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks speaks during a meeting of the National Defense Industrial Association in Washington on Aug. 28. Hicks has said the Pentagon's "Replicator" initiative is meant to help the U.S. overcome China’s biggest military advantage: mass.
Sep 6, 2023
Pentagon drone swarm strategy aims to counter Chinese military
The U.S. is looking to field thousands of cheap, smart and autonomous war drones across multiple domains within 18 to 24 months.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Naval Command of the Korean People's Army on the occasion of Navy Day in this picture released Tuesday.
Aug 29, 2023
North Korea's Kim says nuclear weapons to be deployed to navy
Pyongyang is believed to be accelerating efforts to deploy nuclear-tipped submarine-launched missiles as well as underwater drones carrying nukes.
A giant screen broadcasts news footage of a Chinese fighter jet taking part in a "combat readiness patrol" around Taiwan, at a shopping area in Beijing, in April.
Aug 26, 2023
Taiwan says Chinese combat drone flew along island's east coast
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry also said the Chinese aircraft included J-10 and Su-30 fighter jets, as well as anti-submarine and reconnaissance aircraft.
A rescue worker stands next to a damaged building of the Moscow International Business Center following a drone attack in the Russian capital on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 26, 2023
Ukraine’s drone strikes on Russia are message for its own people
U.S. officials say they expect Ukraine to continue its attacks because they send a strong message: Kyiv can still strike back.
A maritime drone shows the silhouette of a Russian naval ship near the port of Novorossiysk in this screenshot obtained from social media video released on Friday.
Aug 5, 2023
Ukraine drone attack damages Russian tanker in Kerch Strait
The latest attack came a day after Ukraine said it had carried out a seaborne-drone strike on a Russian navy ship at a naval base in southern Russia.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan