Maritime Self-Defense Force
November 25, 2015
Japan is considering offering training aircraft to the Philippines, which would mark the first time it has exported used defense equipment overseas.
November 13, 2015
A Chinese Navy intelligence ship apparently engaged in information-gathering activities in waters near the disputed Senkaku Islands on Nov. 12, the Defense Ministry reported.
October 16, 2015
CHENNAI, India--Japan, India and the United States started a joint naval exercise in the Indian Ocean on Oct. 14 in a show of strength aimed at rival China.
October 16, 2015
KURE, Hiroshima Prefecture--Some spicy secrets of the Maritime Self-Defense Force have been leaked to grateful and hungry civilians.
July 23, 2015
MUTSU, Aomori Prefecture--The Maritime Self-Defense Force offered a preview of Japan’s expanded role overseas under proposed security legislation that has sparked protests...
July 22, 2015
Where, really, was the urgency to railroad national security bills through the Lower House in the absence of public support?
February 18, 2015
A second in a series of video clips promoting a Maritime Self-Defense Force-themed bath salt is now available online, featuring characters in a motif of MSDF naval vessels.
December 30, 2014
Two Chinese warships came within about 70 kilometers of the Senkaku Islands in mid-December, the closest approach since the Tokyo-Beijing feud erupted in 2012 over sovereignty...
December 26, 2014
For the second time in as many years, Chinese warships have been sighted making a circuit around the Japanese archipelago, the Defense Ministry's Joint Staff said Dec. 25.
September 01, 2014
YOKOSUKA, Kanagawa Prefecture--The Maritime Self-Defense Force on Sept. 1 acknowledged that a sailor killed himself after incessant bullying from a superior, who then tried to...
July 25, 2014
MUTSU, Aomori Prefecture--With the Cabinet giving approval to the Self-Defense Forces participating in overseas military operations, Japanese and U.S. forces are conducting...
July 15, 2014
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii--U.S-Japan naval cooperation is deepening, top U.S. and Japanese admirals said July 14 as they met on the sidelines of the world's largest maritime...
April 26, 2014
A cover-up scandal concerning the 2004 suicide of a Maritime Self-Defense Force seaman has brought to the fore the Defense Ministry’s willingness to go to any length to keep...
April 01, 2014
Known as the “ninja of the seas,” Japan’s Hakuryu submarine carries enough firepower to knock out an aircraft carrier with a single blow.
January 07, 2014
The Maritime Self-Defense Force’s newest ship has a flight deck its entire length and is nearly the size of the Shokaku and Zuikaku aircraft carriers that took part in the...
December 08, 2013
A Maritime Self-Defense Force officer who conducted a successful yet lengthy campaign to get information released on bullying against an MSDF seaman who committed suicide in...
November 06, 2013
The Defense Ministry plans to deploy two additional destroyers equipped with the Aegis missile-interceptor system within 10 years to better defend Japan against possible...
September 18, 2013
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force has come up with a popularity contest to help the general public understand the nature of its work.
August 22, 2013
About two weeks ago, the naming ceremony of the new helicopter destroyer of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force drew criticisms from the international media.
March 18, 2013
The Maritime Self-Defense Force has named its first female skippers for destroyers used in training exercises.