U.S. Osprey joins joint drill despite opposition in Hokkaido

/ Aug 18, 2017

U.S. Osprey joins joint drill despite opposition in Hokkaido

A U.S. MV-22 Osprey took part Friday in a joint exercise in Hokkaido between the Ground Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Marine Corps. The tilt-rotor transport aircraft joined the exercise amid local opposition spurred by the central government's decision to retract its request for the ...

Japan's Defense Ministry looks to smaller firms for new SDF equipment

Aug 15, 2017

Japan's Defense Ministry looks to smaller firms for new SDF equipment

The Defense Ministry is actively searching for technologies developed by small and medium-size domestic firms to use in equipment for the Self-Defense Forces, according to ministry documents obtained by Kyodo News. The ministry has traditionally looked to major manufacturers for domestically produced SDF equipment. But ...

Myanmar's military chief asks Abe to continue SDF support

/ Aug 5, 2017

Myanmar's military chief asks Abe to continue SDF support

Myanmar's visiting military chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, has asked Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to ensure the Self-Defense Forces continue to provide "capacity-building assistance" to Myanmar's national forces. During a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office on Friday, Abe expressed hope that stability and ...

Japan, U.S. eye nighttime exercise using Osprey in Hokkaido

Aug 2, 2017

Japan, U.S. eye nighttime exercise using Osprey in Hokkaido

Japan and the United States are considering operating the U.S. military's Osprey aircraft at night as part of an upcoming joint exercise planned in Hokkaido, an official of the Ground Self-Defense Force said Wednesday. The exercise involving GSDF members and U.S. Marines is planned between ...