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Ground Self-Defense Force spies have secretly gathered intelligence abroad since the Cold War era without informing the prime minister or defense minister, a practice considered deviating from civilian control, former senior defense officials said
The government plans to include deployment of 300 high-speed combat vehicles armed with cannons in its new defense program guidelines to bolster security in the Senkaku Islands and other islets near China and Taiwan, a government source said. The
The government said Tuesday it will extend the Ground Self-Defense Force mission in South Sudan as part of U.N. peacekeeping operations by one year after the current term expires Oct. 31...Their equipment, including light armored vehicles for
Marine Corps will train with Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in Shiga and Kochi prefectures in October. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the training will help reduce the burden on Okinawa Prefecture...Marine Corps' Air Station Futenma in
Japan has taken an increasingly proactive role in defending its territory since the end of the Cold War allowed it to shift its defensive posture to address threats from North Korea and China as public memories of the war begin to fade. With Prime
One thousand members of the Self-Defense Forces have been learning how to recapture territory in the face of enemy fire, and while the shoreline may be California's, the skills they are building could one day be used closer to home. During the two-
The Defense Ministry may have to abandon a plan to station a Ground Self-Defense Force coastal monitoring unit on Okinawa's Yonaguni Island because negotiations with the town over the price of land have deadlocked. If the current situation continues,
AGO Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1913 Man survives train fall Tamejiro Kawai, aged 48, a milk-hall keeper in Yamashita-cho, Yokohama, while going by rail from Tokyo to Yokohama a little after midnight Jan. 27, fell between the cars. A by-stander sounded the
The two are suspected of leaking specifications for the development and manufacture of the UH-X next-generation utility helicopter to Kawasaki Heavy before the ministry formally announced the project, in violation of the law against collusive bidding.
Japan plans to procure amphibious landing craft for the Ground Self-Defence Force for the first time and will seek about 38 million USD in fiscal 2013 appropriations to obtain four such vehicles, ministry sources have said.