SDF

EDITORIAL: Civilian control crucial to maintaining public's trust...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviews the troops at the Air Self-Defense Force's Hyakuri Air Base in Ibaraki Prefecture in October 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Under Japan’s traditional system of overseeing operations of the Self-Defense Forces, the defense minister and bureaucrats in civilian positions “outrank” uniformed SDF...
VOX POPULI: The drumbeat for more aggressive defense posture grows ...
Armed Ground Self-Defense Force members escort Japanese nationals in Thailand during an evacuation drill at Utapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield in central Thailand on Feb. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
According to "Utau Kokumin" (Singing Japanese), a book by Hiroshi Watanabe, a Meiji Era (1868-1912) report on music education for schoolchildren noted that people who were...
Defense ministry eyes more power for SDF officers
The Asahi Shimbun
The Defense Ministry intends to shake up the principle of civilian control that governs the Self-Defense Forces by giving equal oversight of SDF operations to serving uniformed ...
New laws: U.N. resolution not needed for SDF to provide rear-line...
A Maritime Self-Defense Force supply ship provides fuel to a Pakistani Navy destroyer in the Arabian Sea in 2007. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Under proposed legislation, the Self-Defense Forces would be allowed to provide rear-line support to a military alliance using force even in the absence of a U.N. Security...
EDITORIAL: Abe's case for SDF mine-clearing missions in key oil...
Crew members of a Maritime Self-Defense minesweeper prepare a mine disposal unit to descend into the waters off Bahrain in the Persian Gulf during a multinational drill last November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Self-Defense Forces can be deployed to carry out minesweeping operations in the Strait of Hormuz even though a cease-fire has yet to be reached...
Japan weighs SDF mission to Sierra Leone to help in fight against...
A child suffering from the Ebola virus receives treatment at the Makeni Arab Holding Center in Makeni, Sierra Leone, Oct. 4, 2014. (AP Photo)
The Defense Ministry is weighing whether to dispatch 400 or so Self-Defense Forces personnel to Sierra Leone to assist in international efforts to battle an outbreak of the...
Abe seeks to allow SDF minesweeping in Strait of Hormuz, citing...
A Japanese tanker sails through the Strait of Hormuz. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his intention to overcome legal hurdles to allow minesweeping operations by Self-Defense Forces in the Strait of Hormuz, saying a...
SDF holds evacuation drill for endangered Japanese in Thailand
Armed Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members escort Japanese nationals in Thailand to an aircraft during an evacuation drill at Utapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield in central Thailand on Feb. 15. (Satoru Semba)
UTAPAO, Thailand--The Self-Defense Forces conducted its first overseas exercise using land vehicles to rescue Japanese nationals in an emergency outside Japan since the...
EDITORIAL: Ruling parties should not ramrod through unreasonable...
Masahiko Komura, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, addresses members of his party and junior coalition partner Komeito at the beginning of a meeting on the overhaul of a package of legislation on security on Feb. 13. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, its junior coalition partner, have opened talks on national security legislation this month, the focus of the current Diet...
Komeito opposes plan to expand SDF protection beyond U.S. military
Ground Self-Defense Force helicopters land at Camp Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture during a drill in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Junior coalition partner Komeito criticized the Abe government ahead of national security talks, saying its proposed role for the Self-Defense Forces exceeds the limit...
Planned new security laws no help in Japan's response to hostage...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to a question on the slaying of two Japanese hostages by the Islamic State during a Diet session on Feb. 2. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Even with new national security legislation, no military action could have been undertaken to rescue the two Japanese held hostage by the Islamic State in Syria.
Legislation mulled to allow SDF to rescue Japanese hostages abroad
Self-Defense Forces personnel escort ordinary citizens during a drill held in Aichi Prefecture in 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Abe administration is considering legislation that could allow Japanese troops to come to the rescue of Japanese nationals in future hostage situations overseas.
Japan eyes legal revision to respond to attacks on allies that...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds a news conference to announce his decision to approve the exercise of Japan’s right to collective self-defense on July 1, 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The central government is considering revising legislation on dealing with armed attacks that would allow the nation to respond militarily when an attack on another nation...
Abe government plans law for easier dispatch of SDF troops overseas
Ground Self-Defense Force members carry mortar shells from a transport helicopter during a Japan-U.S. joint drill in Yamato, Kumamoto Prefecture, on Dec. 7. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Abe administration is preparing a bill to enable speedier dispatches of the Self-Defense Forces overseas for rear-echelon support of the U.S. and other militaries whenever...
Prominent U.S. scholar says Henoko relocation no long-term...
Joseph S. Nye, a Harvard University professor and former U.S. assistant secretary of defense, responds to a question during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun. (Naoki Tsuzaka)
WASHINGTON--A prominent U.S. scholar who was once closely involved in formulating U.S. policy toward Japan said relocating U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko...
EDITORIAL: Wartime minesweeping in Middle East still unacceptable
A Japanese tanker sails through the Strait of Hormuz. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
We wonder if the Cabinet decision in July to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense has opened the door to the Self-Defense Forces conducting minesweeping ...
SDF chief urges early 'crisis management' pact with China
A Chinese military Su-27 fighter jet that approached a Self-Defense Forces aircraft on June 11 (Provided by the Defense Ministry)
Japan's highest-ranking Self-Defense Forces officer on Nov. 28 urged an early start of a "crisis management" mechanism with China amid conflicting claims to the Senkaku Islands ...
Japan moves to make Australia 'quasi-ally' in national security
Ground Self-Defense Force officers discuss a joint training exercise with their counterparts from the United States, left, and Australia, center, in Sendai on Nov. 7. (Satoru Semba)
An unprecedented joint training exercise that wrapped up in northern Japan on Nov. 9 represents the Abe administration’s latest move to turn the relationship with Australia...
Japan-U.S. defense cooperation to have global reach
Officials of Japan and the United States meet Oct. 8 at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo to approve the interim report on defense cooperation. (Jun Ueda)
Expanded Japan-U.S. defense cooperation on a global basis forms the core of an interim report on bilateral defense guidelines released Oct. 8 that was heavily colored by a...
Japan’s SDF to assist U.S. military globally under new guidelines
Members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines hold a ceremony to kick off a joint drill at the Sekiyama training site in Niigata Prefecture on Feb. 25. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan and the United States will eliminate existing geographical constraints under their revised defense cooperation framework to enable the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to...