National Oct 22, 2014

Japan, U.S. to conduct joint military drill for island defense

The central government has said it plans to hold a bilateral military exercise with the United States in November to ensure smooth joint operations between the two countries' militaries and to bolster island defense capabilities. The field drill, called Keen Sword, is held every two ...

National Aug 13, 2014

GSDF to station unit on Amami-Oshima for island defense

The Defense Ministry asked local authorities on Tuesday for their cooperation in establishing a Ground Self-Defense Force unit on Amami-Oshima Island as part of efforts to boost the defense of remote islands in the region. Parliamentary Senior Vice Defense Minister Ryota Takeda made the request ...

National May 20, 2014

Amami Island set to host GSDF troops

The government has begun plans to deploy a Ground Self-Defense Force unit on Amami-Oshima Island as part of efforts to boost defense of remote islands amid the territorial row with China, a government source said. Similar GSDF units will be stationed on Ishigaki and Miyako ...