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Defense minister’s Okinawa visit lays groundwork for exercises in Nansei Islands

By Ichioka Toyohiro   Defense Minister Hamada Yasukazu visited Okinawa Prefecture on Sept. 28 and 29. Hamada’s first visit after taking office in August prioritized dialogue with local governments over inspection of military units. Hamada met with 10 local government leaders in the south-central part of the main island of Okinawa, an area with a concentration of U.S. military bases.….Read more

  • September 30, 2022
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

DM Hamada says multiple cases of sexual harassment by SDF members “extremely serious”

NHK reported that concerning the fact that the Defense Ministry apologized on Thursday to a former GSDF member for the sexual harassment she suffered while on active duty, Defense Minister Hamada said at a press conference today that the case is “extremely serious and extremely regrettable.” The defense chief reportedly expressed the view that relevant staff members will be swiftly….Read more

  • September 30, 2022
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

GSDF top brass apologizes over sexual assault cases

Tokyo, Sept. 29 (Jiji Press)–Gen. Yoshihide Yoshida, chief of staff of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force, apologized Thursday to a former female member for sexual abuses she inflicted when she was in the force.   The apology came after the Defense Ministry confirmed the sexual assault allegation made by Rina Gonoi, 23, in an internal probe.   “On behalf of the….Read more

  • September 29, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:42 p.m.
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

ASDF, German Air Force hold first-ever joint drill in Japan

Mainichi and Nikkei wrote that the ASDF and the German Air Force conducted their first-ever joint training exercise in Japanese airspace on Wednesday with the participation of three Japanese F-2 fighter jets and three German Eurofighter jets. The German aircraft arrived at the ASDF Hyakuri Air Base in Ibaraki Prefecture. According to the ASDF, this was the first time for….Read more

  • September 29, 2022
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Defense Ministry to provide subsidies to three municipalities in connection with construction on Mageshima

Mainichi and Yomiuri wrote that the Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday that it has decided to provide three municipalities in Kagoshima Prefecture with subsidies for their support for the construction of an SDF camp on Mageshima for the purpose of relocating U.S. military FCLP. The financial support will be offered to the City of Nishinoomote and the towns of Nakatane….Read more

  • September 29, 2022
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“Protect Japan’s skies,” says DM Hamada to ASDF troops in Yokota

On Sept. 26, Defense Minister Hamada Yasukazu visited the Air Self-Defense Force’s Yokota Air Base (Fussa City, Tokyo) and inspected the Air Defense Command Headquarters, which oversees Japan’s fighter units nationwide.   Standing before the headquarters staff, Hamada said, “The Chinese and Russian militaries are continuing their activities in the airspace surrounding Japan.” “The Yokota Air Base plays an essential….Read more

  • September 27, 2022
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Govt-led defense sales talks seek to boost flagging industry

To promote Japan’s defense industry, the government plans to take the lead in expanding exports of defense equipment such as aircraft and vehicles used by the Self-Defense Forces, according to governmental sources.   Under this policy, the government will be fully involved in all facets of negotiations with other countries regarding such orders and provide financial support to defense-related enterprises.….Read more

  • September 25, 2022
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Editorial: Concerns linger about arbitrary application of land use law

A law for regulating the use of land plots deemed important for national security purposes took full effect on Sept. 20.   The ruling parties used the weight of their numbers to enact the legislation at the last minute before the ordinary Diet session closed in June last year.   A number of concerns were raised when the bill was being deliberated,….Read more

  • September 26, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

EXCLUSIVE: MSDF proposed adm.-level confab to China in 2002

Tokyo, Sept. 25 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force proposed to China’s navy in 2002 that they establish an admiral-level regular conference on strategic matters to secure a channel of dialogue, Jiji Press has learned.   The MSDF hoped to set up such a channel as China was expected to expand its navy significantly, but the proposal was rejected by China’s….Read more

  • September 25, 2022
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U.S., Japan conduct joint military drills in East China Sea

Saturday’s Yomiuri wrote that the MSDF announced on Friday that it conducted joint drills with the U.S. Navy in the East China Sea and other areas surrounding Japan from Sept. 12 through 22. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville, as well as the JS Amagiri, participated in the drills. The paper speculated that….Read more

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