Maritime Self-Defense Force
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.
March 05, 2013
In a move that is bound to anger Beijing, the Japan Coast Guard is planning to use soon-to-be-mothballed Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers to bolster patrols around the...
January 28, 2013
Japan's Defense Ministry is weighing whether to share submarine technology developed by a contractor for the Maritime Self-Defense Force with the Royal Australian Navy, sources ...
November 22, 2012
DAEJEON, South Korea--Despite an attack of political chills over a territorial issue that recently came to the boil, Japan and South Korea still maintain warm defense ties.
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