Maritime Self-Defense Force

Japan weighing exporting MSDF trainer planes to Philippines
Maritime Self-Defense Force airmen prepare to embark on a training mission at Ozuki Air Base in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan is considering offering training aircraft to the Philippines, which would mark the first time it has exported used defense equipment overseas.
Defense Ministry: Chinese Navy gathered intelligence near Senkaku...
The Senkaku Islands (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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.
Japan joins India-U.S. naval exercise in show of force toward China
Maritime Self-Defense Force Vice Chief of Staff Yutaka Murakawa with Indian and U.S. naval commanders on the deck of an Indian naval vessel in Chennai, India, on Oct. 15 (Yoshihiro Kando)
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.
MSDF curries prove second to naan
The Curry no Master in Kure recreates the dish served on the Izushima minesweeper. (Yohei Izumida)
KURE, Hiroshima Prefecture--Some spicy secrets of the Maritime Self-Defense Force have been leaked to grateful and hungry civilians.
MSDF shows minesweeping exercise amid Diet debate on security bills
MSDF personnel dispatch a camera-installed mine-detecting submersible robot from the minesweeper Enoshima during a Japan-U.S. naval exercise on July 22. (Shinichi Kumamoto)
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...
EDITORIAL: Defense white paper shows that security legislation can ...
A Japan Coast Guard ship, right, monitors the activities of a Chinese government vessel near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Aug. 15, 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Where, really, was the urgency to railroad national security bills through the Lower House in the absence of public support?
ANIME NEWS: Second MSDF-themed bath salt video released online
An illustration for a character representing a Murasame-class destroyer (Provided by MULE Co.)
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.
Chinese warships come closest to Senkaku Islands
A Sovremennyy-class destroyer, the same type as the one stationed about 200 kilometers north of the Senkaku Islands. This photo was provided by Xinhua News Agency. (AP Photo)
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...
Chinese naval flotilla seen circling Japan in second such maneuver
A Chinese Navy destroyer sails through the Soya Strait, located between Hokkaido and Sakhalin, on Dec. 25. (Provided by the Maritime Self-Defense Force)
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.
MSDF confirms sailor was bullied before suicide
The Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Yokosuka Naval Base (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
MSDF, U.S. Navy carry out joint exercise to lay, sweep for mines
Ships from Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force and U.S. Navy line up in Mutsu Bay, Aomori Prefecture, for a joint minesweeping exercise on July 24. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
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...
Japan, U.S. admirals say naval cooperation deepening
Japanese navy commander Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, left, and U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Harry Harris listen to a reporter's question in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on July 14. (AP Photo)
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...
EDITORIAL: Bullying cover-up casts doubts on the Defense...
The mother of a Maritime Self-Defense Force seaman who committed suicide after being bullied by a senior crew member holds a photo of her son during a news conference on April 23. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
For MSDF's newest 'ninja' submarines, it's all about stealth
The Hakuryu submarine is berthed at MSDF Kure Naval Base in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, on Feb. 21. (Fumiaki Sonoyama)
Known as the “ninja of the seas,” Japan’s Hakuryu submarine carries enough firepower to knock out an aircraft carrier with a single blow.
Despite appearances, Japan insists Izumo is not an aircraft carrier
The Izumo at its launching ceremony in August 2013 in Yokohama (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
MSDF to punish whistle-blower over seaman's suicide
The family of the Maritime Self-Defense Force member who committed suicide in 2004 keeps his uniform and posters of his favorite rock band in his room in this picture taken in 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
Japan plans 2 more Aegis destroyers to defend against North Korea
The destroyer Chokai launches a Standard Missile-3 interceptor in Hawaii. (Provided by the Maritime Self-Defense Force)
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...
Maritime Self-Defense Force urges public to get online, vote for...
The MSDF website voting page for the “Mr. & Ms. JMSDF” contest (Provided by the Maritime Self-Defense Force)
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force has come up with a popularity contest to help the general public understand the nature of its work.
Japan’s new helicopter destroyer, the imperial navy legacy and...
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.
MSDF names female destroyer captains for first time
Maritime Self-Defense Force warships used in training exercises, in April 2010 in Aomori Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Maritime Self-Defense Force has named its first female skippers for destroyers used in training exercises.