GSDF conducts annual live fire drills near Mount Fuji

Aug 24, 2017

GSDF conducts annual live fire drills near Mount Fuji

The Ground Self-Defense Force began three days of live-fire drills near Mount Fuji Thursday, an annual exercise that comes as regional tensions have flared following a war of words between the United States and North Korea. Around 2,400 soldiers, as well as tanks, field guns ...

GSDF reconnaissance plane vanishes in Hokkaido

May 15, 2017

GSDF reconnaissance plane vanishes in Hokkaido

The Defense Ministry fears that a Ground Self-Defense Force aircraft crashed Monday in Hokkaido while heading to an airport to pick up an emergency medical patient, officials said. Ground control lost contact with the LR-2 reconnaissance plane, carrying four male crew members, at around 11:45 ...

Aug 29, 2016

Fresh GSDF mission in South Sudan planned under new security laws

The Defense Ministry is making final arrangements to allow Ground Self-Defense Force personnel to be sent to South Sudan, possibly in mid-November, to conduct a fresh mission in a limited area under new security laws, according to a government source. The mission, focusing on rescuing ...