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Division-chief-level foreign affairs and defense officials of the two countries are slated to meet Tuesday, the sources said...Defense Secretary Leon Panetta agreed to revise the defense guidelines.
Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto has expressed his willingness to rethink the guidelines in a bid to deal with emerging threats, particularly China's increasingly provocative maritime activities in connection with the Senkaku Islands dispute, as
Marine Corps has 12 of the aircraft at the Futenma base in Okinawa. The deployment raised a public outcry over concerns about safety. Morimoto said the ministry is looking into whether including Ospreys in the SDF inventory would enhance national
Antony, in an attempt to bolster military ties to counter China, sources said. The two ministers are expected to discuss the possibility of turning a joint drill the Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Indian navy held in June into a regular event,
Marine Corps will carry out low-level training flights using the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto said Tuesday. Because governors from around the country are due to gather at the prime minister's office Nov. 2 for a
Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto said he intends to ask Washington to fully disclose its plans for low-altitude training of MV-22 Ospreys over Japan. "We are approaching the United States but haven't received full" details yet about the Osprey
MIE Staff writers The government on Wednesday officially declared the U.S. MV-22 Osprey safe to fly, giving the green light to the tilt-rotor aircraft's deployment to Okinawa in October despite fierce opposition in the prefecture...Joint Committee
Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto indicated Wednesday that operational flights of the U.S. Osprey transport aircraft in Okinawa will start later than the originally planned Oct. 10. But Morimoto, meeting with Mayor Yoshihiko Fukuda of Iwakuni,
Air Force CV-22 Osprey in Florida in June was due largely to pilot error. Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto was scheduled to visit Okinawa later in the day to explain the details of the accident assessment to Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima. There are views
During a Jan. 25 public forum in Sapporo sponsored by a business body linked to Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Morimoto reportedly said Japan's nuclear plants are "taken by neighboring countries as having very great defensive deterrent functions,"