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High court agrees SDF illegally monitored protesters, reduces...
Plaintiffs march toward Sendai High Court on Feb. 2 before the verdict was read in their lawsuit against intelligence-gathering by the Self-Defense Forces. (Yosuke Fukudome)
SENDAI--The Sendai High Court, upholding a lower court decision, ruled Feb. 2 that the Self-Defense Forces illegally collected information about citizens who protested the SDF...
Japan puts SDF on alert for possible North Korean missile test
Japan's Aegis destroyer Kirishima test launches SM-3 missiles off Hawaii in October 2010. (Provided by Maritime Self-Defense Force)
Japan has put its Self-Defense Forces on alert for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch after indications it is preparing for a test firing, two people with direct...
Seoul to join missile defense system set up by Washington, Tokyo
Aegis destroyers from the Maritime Self-Defense Force and U.S. Navy anchor at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Kanagawa Prefecture to take part in a joint training exercise. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--South Korea said it will begin operating a military data system to share real-time intelligence with Japan and the United States to counter the growing threat of...
Defense minister: MSDF will deal with foreign ships in territorial ...
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Maritime Self-Defense Force ships will ask Chinese vessels to leave Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said Jan. 12, while...
Job applications for SDF down 20% as parents fear for children's...
Members of the Self-Defense Forces explain their duties to potential recruits in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward in July. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The number of high school students and graduates applying to join the Self-Defense Forces plummeted by 20 percent in 2015, the year Japan shifted its defense policy away from...
SDF shows off armored transport vehicle in drill to rescue...
Wearing bulletproof vests, Self-Defense Forces members acting as Japanese civilians in a foreign nation board transport protection vehicles at the Somagahara Maneuver Area in Gunma Prefecture on Dec. 17. (Yusuke Fukui)
The Self-Defense Forces on Dec. 17 revealed its new armored vehicle equipped with a roof-mounted machine gun that will be used to evacuate Japanese civilians in a foreign...
First overseas test of new security laws to begin only after Upper ...
Self-Defense Force members examine the conditions within a U.N. peacekeeping operation camp set up for refugees in Juba, South Sudan. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With a national election looming next summer, the government has decided to delay the start of new duties for Self-Defense Force troops dispatched overseas, apparently to avoid ...
Charges eyed in leak of GSDF info to Russian military attache
Ground Self-Defense Force members take part in a firing exercise at the Higashi Fuji range in Gotenba, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Aug. 20. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Police referred to prosecutors the case of a retired lieutenant general who once headed the Ground Self-Defense Force's Eastern Army in connection with the leaking of...
ASDF to train women to pilot fighter jets
Col. Eriko Oshige, Japan’s first female reconnaissance helicopter pilot of the Ground Self-Defense Force in Tokyo's Camp Tachikawa in 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The nation’s first female fighter pilots will be combat-ready and take to the skies by around 2018, the Defense Ministry said.
Ministry scraps U.S. Osprey training transfer to Saga; Onaga cites ...
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, center, talks with Saga Governor Yoshinori Yamaguchi about Osprey deployment during a meeting held at the Saga prefectural government office on Oct. 29. (Azumi Fukuoka)
SAGA--The central government dropped its plan to move U.S. military drills using Osprey aircraft to Saga Airport, a decision that pleased the Saga governor but raised scorn...
Japan vows cooperation with U.S. in South China Sea but faces...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama attend a news conference following their summit meeting in Washington on April 28. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan said it will work with the United States amid increasing tensions with China in the South China Sea, but Japanese defense officials were struggling to determine how to...
Survey: 38% of Fukushima emergency workers exposed to 1...
Members of Self-Defense Forces and local officials try to persuade a resident within 20 kilometers of the Fukushima No. 1 power plant to evacuate in March 2011. (Provided by the Ground Self-Defense Force)
Thirty-eight percent of emergency personnel who worked in the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster received radiation doses exceeding the 1-milliseivert annual ...
Communists ready to back DPJ prime minister to scrap security...
Kazuo Shii, the head of the Japanese Communist Party, responds to an interview with The Asahi Shimbun on Oct. 19. (Naoko Kawamura)
The Japanese Communist Party says it is prepared to back the leader of a mainstream opposition party to force a change of government and scrap highly unpopular security...
EDITORIAL: Weapons exports need even tighter checks under new...
A Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft at the U.S. Misawa Air Base in Misawa, Aomori Prefecture, in May 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The inauguration of the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency on Oct. 1 as an arm of the Defense Ministry has raised concerns about a rapid expansion of Japan’s arms...
Defense Ministry starts revising rules of engagement for new SDF...
A Ground Self-Defense Force member fires a recoilless rifle during a drill at the Higashi-Fuji training range in Shizuoka Prefecture on Aug. 20. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Defense Agency officials on Sept. 28 began revising the Self-Defense Forces’ rules of engagement covering weapons use and other actions to deal with a wider range of duties...
SDF may initiate combat to rescue civilians, allies in South Sudan ...
Personnel of the Self-Defense Forces work to repair a road in Juba, South Sudan, in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese peacekeeping troops will be allowed to launch offensives against enemy units in rescue missions in South Sudan, probably starting mid-2016, in what would be the first...
Buddhist monk Setouchi: Abe should go to war himself
Buddhist monk Jakucho Setouchi criticizes security legislation and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a sermon at her temple in Kyoto on Sept. 20. (Takumi Okada)
KYOTO--Jakucho Setouchi, a Buddhist monk and novelist, denounced the Diet’s passage of security legislation as “foolish” and “embarrassing,” and urged voters to oust...
Aid groups fear Japanese troops abroad could endanger their work
Tetsu Nakamura (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUOKA--Private aid groups fear their work may be jeopardized and lives endangered if Japanese Self-Defense Forces are sent into action abroad.
EDITORIAL: Abe creating new 'safety myth' with security legislation
Armed with assault rifles, Ground Self-Defense Force servicemen run toward a logistics support base during a joint drill with the U.S. army in California on Sept. 6. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An Upper House special committee passed bitterly contentious security legislation on Sept. 17 while the Diet was mired in a fierce imbroglio between the ruling and opposition...
Protesters spill over police barricade to rally against security...
Protesters pack the road in front of the Diet building in Tokyo’s Nagatacho district on Sept. 14. (Wataru Sekita)
Waves of demonstrators overwhelmed a police barricade and spilled onto the street leading to the Diet building on Sept. 14 to protest the contentious security bills pushed by...