National Oct 23, 2020

LDP group calls for building new Aegis destroyer

A group of lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday proposed that the government build a new Aegis destroyer as an alternative to the abandoned Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system. The group said that an Aegis destroyer can offer flexibility in operations ...

Japan defense procurement documents found to be falsified

National Oct 8, 2020

Japan defense procurement documents found to be falsified

The government has said that documents related to the defense minister's approvals of defense equipment procurements by the Maritime Self-Defense Force were found to have been falsified. The Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency, under the wing of the Defense Ministry, said Wednesday that it has ...

MSDF to join RIMPAC naval drills off Hawaii in August

National Jul 14, 2020

MSDF to join RIMPAC naval drills off Hawaii in August

Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force will participate in the U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC, multinational naval exercises to be held off Hawaii between Aug. 17 and 31, Defense Minister Taro Kono said Tuesday. MSDF troops will only join offshore drills, without participating in exchange ...