Ground Self-Defense Force

GSDF practices defending remote islands, as expanded role splits...
Ground Self-Defense Force's Type-89 armored combat vehicles flare up a smoke screen during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotenba, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Aug. 19. (AP Photo)
GOTENBA, Shizuoka Prefecture--Ground Self-Defense Force showcased its ability to defend remote islands on Aug. 19, as its role expands at home and abroad under new defense...
Training for future Japanese-style Marines rigorous and secretive
Ground Self-Defense Force members use rubber rafts in a simulated landing exercise at Camp Ainoura in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture. (Sunao Gushiken)
SASEBO, Nagasaki Prefecture--The waters were choppy and the elite unit in combat gear had only one goal: to reach and "secure" a slice of Japanese territory.
Japan to scale back tank forces, focus on island defense
The Asahi Shimbun
The Defense Ministry plans to slash its tank forces by more than half and redeploy the remaining vehicles to Hokkaido and Kyushu to meet the realities of the post-Cold War...
Anti-Osprey protests spread to mainland where Japan-U.S. exercise...
Demonstrators rally on Oct. 6 to protest the use of the controversial tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft in planned Japan-U.S. joint drills in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture. (Yasuhiro Narita)
TAKASHIMA, Shiga Prefecture--About 1,000 demonstrators showed up Oct. 6 to denounce the inclusion of the U.S. military’s MV-22 Osprey aircraft for the first time in joint...
GSDF conducts live-fire drill at Mt. Fuji with eye toward the sea
GSDF tanks send up a smoke screen during the annual live firing exercise at the Ground Self-Defense Force Higashi-Fuji training range, straddling Gotemba and other municipalities in Shizuoka Prefecture. (Satoru Semba)
GOTEMBA, Shizuoka Prefecture--Japan’s largest artillery live-fire exercise on Aug. 25 at the foot of Mount Fuji sharpened preparations for possible hostilities in the East...
Defense Ministry preparing Japanese version of U.S. Marines
Ground Self-Defense Force members take part in a joint training drill with U.S. Marines on San Clemente Island off the U.S. West Coast in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
To strengthen protection of Japan’s outlying islands, the Defense Ministry will set up a preparatory force next fiscal year that will eventually become a Japanese version of...
GSDF showcases capabilities against sea attacks in drill near Mt....
Ground Self-Defense Force tanks flare up a smoke screen during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi-fuji range in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Aug. 20. (AP Photo)
GOTEMBA, Shizuoka Prefecture--Japan put its army on display on Aug. 20 in an annual exercise at the foot of Mount Fuji intended to showcase the nation's ability to defend...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ ‘Shadow units’ (21): Fukushima plant chief...
Internal Ground Self-Defense Force material related to a secret rescue mission (Hiroyoshi Itabashi)
Editor's note: This is the final part of a new series that has run in the past under the title of The Prometheus Trap. This series deals with the secret missions assigned to...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ 'Shadow units’ (19): Highest alert level...
Part of MOPP 4 gear (Hiroyoshi Itabashi)
Editor's note: This is the 19th part of a new series that has run in the past under the title of The Prometheus Trap. This series deals with the secret missions assigned to the ...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ 'Shadow units' (18): Brigade commander faced...
Notes written by Maj. Gen. Hidetoshi Horiguchi, commander of the GSDF’s 12th Brigade, at the height of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. (Hiroyoshi Itabashi)
Editor's note: This is the 18th part of a new series that has run in the past under the title of The Prometheus Trap. This series deals with the secret missions assigned to the ...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ 'Shadow units' (12): Should SDF really take over...
A written directive issued by the prime minister’s office (Hiroyoshi Itabashi)
Editor's note: This is the 12th part of a new series that has run in the past under the title of The Prometheus Trap. This series deals with the secret missions assigned to the ...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ 'Shadow units' (9): SDF members told to hold...
A whiteboard at the off-site center for the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2012 (Ikuro Aiba)
Editor's note: This is the ninth part of a new series that has run in the past under the title of The Prometheus Trap. This series deals with the secret missions assigned to...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ 'Shadow units' (8): SDF unit commander angered at ...
Col. Shinji Iwakuma (Photo by Hidefumi Nogami)
Editor's note: This is the eighth part of a new series that has run in the past under the title of The Prometheus Trap. This series deals with the secret missions assigned to...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ 'Shadow units' (7): Reactor explosion heavily...
The Mitsubishi Motors Corp. SUV Pajero driven by Self-Defense Forces personnel was heavily damaged by an explosion at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on March 14, 2011. (Provided by the Ground Self-Defense Force)
Editor's note: This is the seventh part of a new series that has run in the past under the title of The Prometheus Trap. This series deals with the secret missions assigned to...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ 'Shadow units' (6): SDF members exposed to high...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant's No. 3 reactor building that was hit by an explosion (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Editor's note: This is the sixth part of a new series that has run in the past under the title of The Prometheus Trap. This series deals with the secret missions assigned to...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ 'Shadow units' (5): CRF units aligned against...
The order given to the Ground Self-Defense Force's Central Readiness Force (Hidefumi Nogami)
Editor's note: This is the fifth part of a new series that has run in the past under the title of The Prometheus Trap. This series deals with the secret missions assigned to...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ 'Shadow units' (4): Selection of personnel for...
A Ground Self-Defense Force armored vehicle rolls through the streets of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, during a training session. (Provided by GSDF Central Readiness Regiment)
Editor's note: This is the fourth part of a new series that has run in the past under the title of The Prometheus Trap. This series deals with the secret missions assigned to...
SDF renames base street to say thanks for U.S. helping hand
Senior officials of the Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Army Pacific command pose for the camera in front of a sign reading “Tomodachi Ave.,” on Dec. 13 in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. (Orina Sakakibara)
SENDAI--To show its gratitude to the U.S. military for its assistance in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Ground Self-Defense Force has changed the name of ...
Noda to send survey team for PKO in South Sudan
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said he will dispatch two Ground Self-Defense Force members to U.N. peacekeeping operations in South Sudan as well as a survey team to the newly...
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