National Nov 19, 2018

ASDF fighter jet makes emergency landing at U.S. base in Okinawa

An Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter jet made an emergency landing at the U.S. Air Force's Kadena Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture on Monday morning after a hydraulic system failure was detected, defense officials said. The pilot was not injured in the incident, which the ...

National / Politics 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 ...

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 ...