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SDF holding third joint amphibious landing exercise on outlying...
SDF members unload vehicles from a hovercraft that landed on Ukujima island during a joint training exercise on April 14. (Sunao Gushiken)
SASEBO, Nagasaki Prefecture--Ground and Maritime Self-Defense Force members are holding joint landing exercises to prepare for the eventual establishment of an amphibious...
Operations in Strait of Hormuz to come under new defense guidelines
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, right, meets with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on April 8 at the Defense Ministry. (Pool)
Japan and the United States are using discussions on revisions to defense cooperation guidelines to address their respective domestic and security concerns.
Defense minister discusses revised military collaboration pact...
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani meets with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on April 8. (Pool)
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani met with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on April 8 in Tokyo as part of the process to revise defense cooperation guidelines between ...
SDF gears up for life-saving operations in combat on outlying...
Ground Self-Defense Force personnel carry an SDF member on a stretcher during a joint drill with U.S. Marines at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California in February. (Yusuke Fukui)
The Self-Defense Forces are shifting the focus of their combat casualty evacuation care training for front-line units to bring it in line with the policy more toward defending...
VOX POPULI: Gotoda’s warning about amending Constitution must be ...
Masaharu Gotoda, former deputy prime minister and justice minister, in 1993 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The late Masaharu Gotoda, who served as Japan’s top police official and who earned the sobriquet “razor” because of his sharp intelligence, was a staunch advocate of...
COMMENTARY: With expanded global role, a bigger risk for SDF abroad
The Asahi Shimbun
In the 61 years they have been in existence, the Self-Defense Forces have operated based on an exclusively defense-oriented policy.
Hostage crisis a perfect opportunity for Abe to expand reach of...
Could Kenji Goto’s sickening execution by Islamic State have been avoided?
Ruling coalition agrees on 'direction' for national security...
Masahiko Komura, right, vice president of the Liberal Democratic Party, addresses a meeting of ruling coalition members on the framework for national security legislation. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The ruling coalition parties have cleared one of the many hurdles toward adopting a bolder security policy that would expand Self-Defense Forces’ missions abroad and allow...
SDF to get right to supply ammo, jet fuel to U.S. military...
Ground Self-Defense Force members unload military equipment from a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 transport helicopter during a joint training exercise. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Ammunition will be added to the rear support list that the Self-Defense Forces can provide the U.S. military under new defense guidelines, along with eliminating geographical...
SDF failed to disclose crash of unmanned drone in Oita in November
Boeing Co.’s ScanEagle unmanned aircraft (Provided by Boeing Co.)
An unmanned Ground Self-Defense Force surveillance aircraft crashed on a training range in Oita Prefecture late last year in an accident that was never disclosed publicly, The...
Ground SDF to change command structure to ensure rapid response
The Asahi Shimbun
The Defense Ministry is moving to place the Ground Self-Defense Force under unified command like the other two branches of the armed services to ensure a speedier response to...
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...