Itsunori Onodera - updates

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2 crew feared dead in Japan army helicopter crash

Feb 05, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera confirms the crash in the town of Kanzaki and says the two crew on board were retrieved 'in a state of cardiac and respiratory arrest,' Jiji news agency reports

U.S. apologizes to Japan over repeated military accidents

Jan 09, 2018 - 10:43 AM

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis apologizes to Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera after a string of accidents involving American troops and facilities

This image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula, with several other US and Republic of Korea Navy ships and submarines during exercise Foal Eagle 2017.  The US supercarrier Carl Vinson will arrive in the Sea of Japan in days, US Vice President Mike Pence said in Australia on April 22, 2017, amid high tensions with North Korea.  / AFP PHOTO / US NAVY / Ryan Harper / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / US NAVY / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Beleaguered Japan PM seeks new start with cabinet revamp

Aug 03, 2017 - 12:24 PM

UPDATED Shinzo Abe has seen public support rates plummet in the past few months over an array of political troubles

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Manila on January 12, 2017. Noel Celis/AFP

Japan, Australia talk closer military ties and submarines

Jun 11, 2014 - 12:39 PM

The ministers are also expected to discuss the impact of China s ambitious naval activities and territorial claims that have shifted the balance of power in the region

After Yolanda, Japan wants deal with PH to 'deploy troops faster'

Dec 07, 2013 - 7:11 PM

The Japanese defense minister is scheduled to visit Japanese operations in the Visayas on Sunday December 8 to determine future assistance it will offer

JAPANESE AID. Japanese military beside their Japanese Air Force C130 cargo plane after its arrival at Tacloban Airport on November 20, 2013. Mark Ralston/AFP Photo

Japan defense minister back to discuss regional tensions

Dec 07, 2013 - 7:03 PM

Japanese Defense Minister Onodera says it s important for the international community to send a strong message to China

ALLIES: Japanese defense Minister Itsunori Onodera returns to the Philippines to discuss regional security and Japan's assistance to Yolanda victims. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/

PH to press 'equal access' to US facilities in bases deal

Dec 05, 2013 - 3:50 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says he is confident that the US will agree to the condition of the Philippines

EQUAL ACCESS: Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says the Philippines will insist on equal access to US facilities. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PH 'closely coordinating with allies' amid tensions

Nov 29, 2013 - 4:27 PM

Japanese defense minister Itsunori Onodera will return to the Philippines next week

DECEMBER MEETING. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin pose for photographers during a news conference in June. File photo by EPA/Francis R. Malasig

China creates air defense zone over Japan-controlled islands

Nov 23, 2013 - 2:16 PM

China s air defense identification zone includes islands controlled by Japan but claimed by China

DRONE. This picture taken by Japan;'s Joint Staff on September 9, 2013 shows an unidentified drone near the disputed islets known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China. JOINT STAFF/AFP PHOTO

China behavior jeopardizing 'peacetime' – Japan

Oct 29, 2013 - 3:23 PM

UPDATED Itsunori Onodera s comments are likely to further heighten fears that the two countries could be sliding towards conflict

Japan's defense chief vows updated military model

Sep 27, 2013 - 7:24 PM

Onodera said the new defense model will feature plans to introduce drones for surveillance of remote territory and a special amphibious unit

HONOR GUARD. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe receives a salute from guard of honor with Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera (R) at Defence Ministry in Tokyo, Japan, on 12 September 2013. EPA/Kimimasa Mayama

Abe vows to boost Japan defense amid 'provocations'

Sep 12, 2013 - 4:13 PM

Abe: I m pushing for the regeneration of our country s security by looking squarely at reality

ON ALERT. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviews guard of honor at Defence Ministry in Tokyo, Japan, on 12 September 2013. EPA/Kimimasa Mayama

Japan vows to help PH amid China sea row

Jun 27, 2013 - 3:44 PM

Onodera: The Japan side is very concerned that this kind of situation in the South China Sea could affect the situation in the East China Sea

WARM WELCOME. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (L) and Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin (R) pose for photographers during a news conference in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, 27 June 2013. Photo by EPA/Francis R. Malasig

Kerry arrives in Japan to discuss North Korea

Apr 14, 2013 - 1:15 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Japan on Sunday April 14 to discuss nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula after securing vital support from China

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by John Roos, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, after arriving at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan, on April 14, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]