National Feb 13, 2015

SDF dispatches by phone likely on path to approval

The Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling bloc is expected to agree that the Cabinet should be allowed to approve Self-Defense Forces deployments by phone to speed up responses to "gray zone" national security incidents, a senior source in the administration said. With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ...

National Oct 8, 2014

New Japan-U.S. defense guidelines will stress global reach

by Masaaki Kameda

Japan and the United States released an interim report Wednesday on revising their bilateral defense cooperation guidelines by the year's end, in which they call for more global military cooperation between the two countries that will "benefit the (Asia-Pacific) region and beyond." The defense guidelines, ...