National / Politics Apr 10, 2014

Japan, China navy chiefs set to meet for talks

The chief of the Maritime Self-Defense Force is expected to meet China's top naval officer during a trip to attend an international symposium later this month, a Japanese government source has said. The meeting of Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, the MSDF's chief of staff, and Adm. ...

National / Politics Mar 30, 2014

China seen snubbing Japan for fleet review in Qingdao

The Chinese Navy has not extended an invitation to the Maritime Self-Defense Force to take part in an international fleet review China will host late next month, a senior Japanese defense official said Sunday. Beijing is believed to be intentionally excluding Japan from the event, ...

Second angler in MSDF collision dies

National Jan 16, 2014

Second angler in MSDF collision dies

An angler on a sport fishing boat that sank following a collision Wednesday with a Maritime Self-Defense Force transport vessel off Hiroshima Prefecture died early Thursday, the second fatality of the accident. Koji Otake, 66, was one of three anglers aboard the boat Tobiuo, skippered ...

Anglers hurt in collision with MSDF

National Jan 15, 2014

Anglers hurt in collision with MSDF

A sports fishing boat capsized and sank Wednesday morning after colliding with a Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship in the Seto Inland Sea off Otake, Hiroshima Prefecture, leaving two of the four men on board the leisure craft in critical condition, the Defense Ministry ...

National Nov 1, 2013

Japan denies disrupting China drills

Government officials Friday rejected Beijing's claim that a Maritime Self-Defense Force ship and airplane interfered in Chinese naval exercises in the Western Pacific, saying the MSDF was conducting regular legal surveillance. "I don't see any problem as long as we conduct regular surveillance activities according ...

MSDF ships make first port call in Myanmar

National Oct 1, 2013

MSDF ships make first port call in Myanmar

Maritime Self-Defense Force training vessels on a round-the-world voyage arrive in Myanmar on Monday for a five-day mission, marking the first-ever port call by an MSDF vessel to the country.

Djibouti to be provided patrol ships for security

National / Politics Aug 28, 2013

Djibouti to be provided patrol ships for security

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh that Japan plans to provide patrol ships to the northeast African nation to help its coast guard improve maritime security. The first Japanese prime minister to visit Djibouti, Abe on Tuesday toured the operating base ...

National Jul 9, 2013

MSDF to up participation off Somalia

The administration said Tuesday another year will be added to the Maritime Self-Defense Force mission to protect vessels from piracy off Somalia, and for the first time the MSDF will be allowed to operate jointly with multinational forces. Under the new framework, approved by both ...

MSDF to join drill in Gulf of Aden

National / Politics Jun 22, 2013

MSDF to join drill in Gulf of Aden

The administration has reportedly decided that one of the two Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels patrolling against pirates off Somalia will join a combined drill involving the United States and other countries.

New MSDF patrol jets grounded since May

National Jun 21, 2013

New MSDF patrol jets grounded since May

The Maritime Self-Defense Force has grounded the next-generation mainstay P-1 patrol planes due to engine trouble, Defense Ministry sources said Thursday. On May 13, a P-1 aircraft developed unstable combustion in some of its four jet engines during a test flight over the Pacific off ...