SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

  • BOXES
  • LIST

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Media shown Japan troops’ drills to protect Japanese citizens abroad

TOKYO, Dec. 15, Kyodo — Japan’s Self-Defense Forces on Thursday partially opened to the media for the first time ongoing exercises aimed at protecting Japanese citizens overseas.   The training is in line with the troops’ expanded tasks under Japan’s new security legislation, which came into force in March despite controversy in the country, as critics fear the changes could….Read more

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

SDF to start defense operations for U.S. warships

The government will give the go-ahead within this month for the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to defend U.S. naval ships under normal circumstances, which was greenlighted by the security legislation. The administration will convene a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) late this month to approve operational guidelines, a source connected to the government and ruling parties disclosed.  The government….Read more

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Japan to ramp up research spending on THAAD

Japan’s Defense Ministry decided Tuesday to fast-track funding for research on a possible rollout of the U.S.-made THAAD missile defense system in response to a growing threat from North Korea.   The ministry aims to secure more than 100 billion yen ($867 million) in extra funding as part of the third supplementary budget for the fiscal year ending in March.   The proposed outlays for….Read more

  • December 14, 2016
  • , Nikkei Asian Review , 6:30 am
  • English Press

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Editorial: Caution needed for GSDF’s ‘rush-and-rescue’ missions in S. Sudan

The government should exercise caution in having Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) personnel carry out new duties, including “rush-and-rescue” missions to save U.N. personnel and others in remote areas who come under attack by insurgents.   GSDF troops, which have been given these new missions, have been deployed to South Sudan to participate in U.N. peacekeeping operations and have already begun….Read more

  • December 13, 2016
  • , The Mainichi
  • English Press

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Inada expresses resolve to begin operation of Japan-China communication mechanism

NHK reported this afternoon that Defense Minister Inada told reporters that efforts will be made to swiftly commence the operation of a communication mechanism between defense officials of Japan and China following an incident in which SDF planes scrambled after Chinese military planes passed between the main island of Okinawa and Miyako Island on Saturday. According to the network, the defense….Read more

  • December 13, 2016
  • , NHK
  • JMH Summary

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

SDF troops use head camera for evidence recording in South Sudan

Effective Dec. 12, the so-called “rush to the rescue mission” is officially added in accordance with the security legislation to the missions of a Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) unit, which is currently deployed to South Sudan to participate in UN peacekeeping operations. With this additional mission, the GSDF’s activities will enter a new stage. In response to the additional mission, the GSDF….Read more

  • December 10, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 31
  • JMH Translation

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Over 5,000 junior and senior high students take part in SDF introductory trials each year

Self-Defense Forces (SDF) recruiting briefings are held at about 40% of high schools throughout Japan, and more than 5,000 junior and senior high school students have participated in an SDF introductory trial every year over the past four years, Akahata has learned from the Ministry of Defense. The range of SDF missions and the resulting risks SDF personnel will face are….Read more

  • December 11, 2016
  • , Akahata , p. 1
  • JMH Translation

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Japan SDF in S. Sudan may withdraw if security worsens: defense chief

Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada has said Self-Defense Forces personnel stationed in South Sudan to take part in U.N. peacekeeping operations could withdraw if the security situation deteriorates with a protracted gunfight.   “The situation could abruptly change so we will consistently gather necessary information for ensuring safety,” Inada said in a recent interview with Kyodo News and other media….Read more

  • December 10, 2016
  • , Kyodo News , 17:32
  • English Press

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Japanese peacekeepers ready to perform rescue mission in S. Sudan

Japanese troops who have arrived in South Sudan to take part in U.N. peacekeeping operations became ready Monday to perform their new role of rescuing U.N. staff and other personnel in the event of an urgent request.   The Japanese government has assigned the new duty to a 350-member Ground Self-Defense Force unit that replaced the current unit engaging in….Read more

  • December 12, 2016
  • , Kyodo News , 07:00
  • English Press

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Editorial: Top court ruling on Atsugi base noise fails to hear the victims

The Supreme Court has overturned lower court rulings that are a minor break from established precedent and help suffering people.   In addition, the top court has patched up the “holes” in the wall of the precedent the lower courts made with good intentions, thus further strengthening the wall.   The failure of the Supreme Court, the “citadel of human….Read more

  • December 9, 2016
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 13:30
  • English Press
  • Ambassador
  • Ukraine
  • OPINION POLLS
  • COVID-19
  • Trending Japan