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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...
SDF observes island defense exercise in Philippines, aimed at...
A Self-Defense Forces officer, left, observes U.S. and Philippine troops during an amphibious landing exercise on Arrecife island in the western Philippines on Oct. 2. (Manabu Sasaki)
Japan had observer status for the first time in a combat training exercise involving the Philippine military that simulated seizing an island under attack by enemy forces.
Facing fiscal constraints, U.S. military eyes greater input from...
Rear Adm. Yasuki Nakahata of the MSDF receives a report during the Rim of the Pacific Exercise. (Takashi Oshima)
WASHINGTON--Budget constraints facing U.S. forces likely mean that Japan's Self-Defense Forces will shoulder even greater responsibilities in the Asia-Pacific region whenever...
Tokyo to send SDF servicewoman to NATO
New female members of the Self-Defense Forces attend a welcoming ceremony in Chitose, Hokkaido in 2004. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Aiming to show its support for females in the workplace, the Abe administration has selected a woman to be the first member of the Self-Defense Forces to be sent to NATO...
Private sector would play major role in POW camps if Japan comes...
A Ground Self-Defense Force's Type 90 tank arrives at Oita Port on a private company-owned car ferry in November 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With the recent abrupt shift in defense policy, the prospect of Japan setting up prisoner of war camps in the event it comes under armed attack is now getting a serious airing.
Sources: Chinese fighter made dangerous pass to obstruct SDF plane
A Chinese military Su-27 fighter jet that approached a Self-Defense Forces aircraft June 11 (Provided by the Defense Ministry)
BEIJING--Chinese fighter jets that flew within a whisker of Self-Defense Forces aircraft in the East China Sea in May and June obstructed an Air SDF aircraft in a highly...
Fears reverberate about possible draft despite Abe’s dismissal...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlines plans to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense at a news conference on July 1. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Although Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has repeatedly ruled out conscription, fears remain strong among the public about the possibility as Japan heads toward a more expansive...
Anti-war Bon dance festival marks 50th anniversary in Hokkaido
The Yausubetsu Peace Bon Odori dance festival is held Aug. 9 at the Kawase farm in Betsukai, Hokkaido. (Masashi Rokubuichi)
BETSUKAI, Hokkaido--Around 800 people joined an anti-war festival at a dairy farm here that has been a “fortress for peace movements” for half a century despite being...
The implications of Japanese collective self-defense on Korean...
Dennis Blair, left, and Cho Sei-young (Photos by Takashi Watanabe and Atsushi Hiroshima)
A military conflict on the Korean Peninsula was one scenario envisioned by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet when it decided to allow Japan to exercise the right to...
Defense minister says Osprey purchase planned for new SDF unit
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera prepares for a test flight on an Osprey at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on July 10. (Shinobu Konno)
WASHINGTON--The Defense Ministry intends to purchase several U.S. Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft in the next fiscal year as part of a plan to establish an amphibious...
Sour relations with Japan lead to cancellation of 2 events in S....
Visitors pack the Osaka Tenpozan special gallery in Osaka's Minato Ward for the "One Piece" exhibition in November 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--A South Korean hotel banned a Japanese Embassy event while a museum in the capital scrapped a Japanese manga and anime exhibition, two last-minute decisions that...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Former top LDP official lambasts Abe's move...
Former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Hiromu Nonaka criticizes the Abe Cabinet in a meeting in Nagoya’s Nishi Ward on July 6. (Hwang Chul)
NAGOYA--A former secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party blasted the Abe Cabinet for approving a constitutional reinterpretation to allow Japan to exercise the ...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT/ COMMENTARY: Can Japan say 'No' to the United ...
Ground Self-Defense Force members on patrol near Samawah, Iraq, in 2004. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Washington, quick to embrace the Abe administration's shift in defense policy, appears to expect that Japanese soldiers will fight alongside U.S. troops in future military...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT/ COMMENTARY: Japan must not become a military ...
Protesters in front of the prime minister's office on July 1 shout their opposition to the Abe Cabinet's move to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense. (Hikaru Uchida)
July 1 will be remembered as the darkest day in the history of Japan's constitutionalism because of the Abe Cabinet's approval to change the government interpretation of the...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Cabinet opens door for SDF to use force...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference on July 1 after the Cabinet approved a document that changes the government's interpretation of the Constitution. (Shogo Koshida)
Despite huge protests around the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on July 1 approved changes to Japan’s postwar security policy that could lead to the...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Abe putting SDF in mortal danger, retired...
Kyoji Yanagisawa, a former Defense Ministry official, has established Jieitai wo Ikasu Kai (Group for utilizing the SDF). (Mari Endo)
A former senior Defense Ministry official is warning that members of the Self-Defense Forces could die in international conflicts if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe allows Japan to...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Use of military force proposed in U.N.-led...
Liberal Democratic Party Vice President Masahiko Komura speaks with Shigeru Ishiba, the party secretary-general, in the Lower House on June 19. (Shogo Koshida)
In another marked shift from postwar national security policy, the Abe administration is considering allowing the use of military force when Japan takes part in collective...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ THE EMPEROR AND 3/11 DISASTER (9): Imperial...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrive at Fukushima Airport on May 11, 2011. (Pool)
Editor's note: This is the ninth part of a new series under The Prometheus Trap heading. It centers on the involvement of imperial family members with victims of the Great East ...