/ Oct 19, 2015

ASDF scrambles against China planes at record number

The Air Self-Defense force scrambled fighter jets to prevent possible incursions by Chinese planes a record 117 times for the July-September period, the Defense Ministry said. The number was up from 103 in the same period last year, although it was lower than the all-time ...

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 ...

Jun 25, 2014

Japan to deploy F-35 fighters at Misawa Air Base from fiscal 2017

Next-generation F-35 fighter jets will be deployed at Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture from fiscal 2017, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Wednesday. "We will coordinate with the U.S. side so local residents will not have to feel concerned," Onodera told Aomori Gov. Shingo Mimura ...