National Oct 29, 2015

Saga Prefecture to allow survey for proposed SDF Osprey deployment

Saga Gov. Yoshinori Yamaguchi said Thursday he will allow the central government to conduct surveys needed for the proposed deployment of Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft at a local airport in the prefecture. Yamaguchi expressed his intention during talks with Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, who sought approval ...

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 ...

National / Politics Oct 16, 2015

Japan, South Korea defense chiefs to meet in Seoul

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani will make a three-day visit to Seoul from Tuesday that will include talks with his South Korean counterpart on the day of his arrival, the South's Defense Ministry said Friday. Nakatani will be the first Japanese defense minister to visit South ...

Nakatani to visit South Korea next week, sign of warming ties

National / Politics Oct 14, 2015

Nakatani to visit South Korea next week, sign of warming ties

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani is likely to visit South Korea next week to attend an international aerospace and defense exhibition, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said Tuesday. "Japan wants to hold defense ministers' talks with South Korea on the occasion of the Seoul International ...

National / Politics Aug 19, 2015

Nakatani defends Joint Staff security bills document

by Mizuho Aoki

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani admitted Wednesday that the ministry's Joint Staff Office created an internal document in late May about expanding overseas operations of the Self-Defense Forces, based on the assumption that security legislation currently under debate in the Upper House would be enacted. Nakatani, ...

National / Politics Jun 30, 2015

Boring survey at Futenma relocation site extended

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said the government will extend by three months an offshore boring survey now under way at the replacement site for the Futenma military base in Okinawa Prefecture. Landfill work for the new air base in Nago will begin this summer as ...