Japan ends search for F-35A and plans resumption of flights soon

National Jun 4, 2019

Japan ends search for F-35A and plans resumption of flights soon

The government has stopped searching for an Air Self-Defense Force F-35A that crashed into the Pacific Ocean some two months ago, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Tuesday. The remaining 12 F-35As, deployed at Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture, have been grounded since the accident, ...

National May 25, 2019

Mayor in Yamaguchi Prefecture asks Tokyo to scrap Aegis Ashore deployment

Norihiko Hanada, mayor of Abu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, has petitioned the central government to scrap its plan to deploy the Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system within the prefecture. The Defense Ministry plans to deploy Aegis Ashore units at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Mutsumi training area ...

National May 18, 2019

Two retired Japanese government planes to be sold for ¥1.3 billion

Two government planes that went out of service in March will be sold to an industrial waste disposal firm in June for about ¥1.3 billion. Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture-based Econecol Inc. won its bid for the government aircraft in March, Air Self-Defense Force sources said Friday. "We ...