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Japan approves defense plan including 2 aircraft carriers

Dec 18, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The new 5-year defense plan calls for the military to upgrade two existing 'helicopter carriers' so that they will also be able to launch fighter jets

JAPAN'S MILITARY. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) reviews Self-Defense Force soldiers during the military review at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Asaka training ground in Asaka, Saitama prefecture, on October 14, 2018. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Mattis vows 'strong defensive stance' on North Korea

Jun 29, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Japanese minister Itsunori Onodera acknowledges that the decision to suspend the drills between the US and South Korea is 'important in that it supports diplomatic efforts' to denuclearize the Korean peninsula

ALLIES. Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (R) and US Defense Secretary James Mattis attend a news conference after their meeting at the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo on June 29, 2018. Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/AFP

Small planes for PH Navy signal Japan's growing security role

Mar 28, 2017 - 7:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s pronouncements of dislike for US makes the country s relations with Japan very crucial

SMALL PLANES, HUGE LEAP. The transfer of TC90 patrol planes from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force to the Philippine Navy is a huge leap for Japan. PH Navy photo

Japan warns China over territorial aggression

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:54 PM

UPDATED The region s superpower continues to act in an assertive manner and its actions include dangerous acts that could cause unintended consequences Tokyo says in a defense white paper

A file picture dated April 27, 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Hiroya Shimoji/EPA

China slams Japan over patrol planes for PH

Mar 10, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Beijing tells Tokyo to mind its words and actions and refrain from undermining the peace and stability of the region

This file aerial view taken on July 27, 2012 shows part of the city of Sansha on the island of Yongxing, also known as Woody island in the disputed Paracel chain, which China now considers part of Hainan province. Stringer/AFP

Philippines to lease Japan planes to patrol disputed waters

Mar 09, 2016 - 8:56 PM

Aquino s announcement follows the signing of an agreement last year between World War II foes Japan and the Philippines to transfer defense equipment to Manila

PHILIPPINES-JAPAN RELATIONS. Filipino President Benigno Aquino (R) with visiting Japanese Emperor Akihito (L) hold their glasses during a state dinner at the presidential palace in Manila, Philippines, January 27, 2016. File Photo by Romeo Ranoco/EPA

PM Abe's cabinet approves largest defense budget

Dec 24, 2015 - 11:57 AM

The allocation is part of a record 96 7 trillion yen national budget that will be sent to parliament for debate and approval early next year

In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviews the honor guard before attending a Japan Self-Defense Force's (JSDF) senior officers meeting at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Japan, December 16, 2015. Franck Robichon/EPA

PH, Japan to begin VFA talks

Jun 05, 2015 - 1:38 PM

It will be a treaty not an executive agreement that will require Senate ratification says President Benigno Aquino III

PH-JAPAN TIES. President Benigno S. Aquino III (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka State Guest on June 4, 2015. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

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Jun 05, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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Japan proposes joint work on Australia sub fleet – report

Jan 05, 2015 - 1:45 PM

The report comes after concerns in Canberra over the effect on the domestic ship building industry

In this file photo, the Australian navy submarine HMAS Waller (SSG 75) pulls into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii June 26, 2008 for a scheduled port call before starting Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008. MCS1 Michael R. McCormick/Handout/US Navy/AFP

Shangri-la Dialogue: China to promote security theory

May 30, 2014 - 6:56 PM

Beijing s delegation to the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore will fully elaborate on China s security concept in Asia says a spokesman

'SHANGRI-LA DIALOGUE.' A Gurkha soldier, part of a Gurkha elite contingent of the Singapore Police force, stands guard outside the Shangri-la Hotel, the venue of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 13th Asia Security Summit, in Singapore on May 30, 2014. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

Japan plans ‘island-defense’ drills in East China Sea

May 02, 2014 - 5:35 PM

Japan is to stage amphibious landing drills in the East China Sea coinciding with wargames Russia and China are holding near disputed islands

Locator map: Amami Oshima Island, disputed by Japan and China

Japan could be 'main player' in Asia conflict – minister

Aug 26, 2013 - 7:56 PM

When it did not have as much military capability China [set] territorial rows aside But when it sees a chance it makes blunt advancements

STRONGER TIES. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (L) with Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin at a news conference where they announced forging stronger military ties in June 2013. File photo by EPA/Francis R. Malasig

Japan to move Patriot missiles to Okinawa

Apr 12, 2013 - 3:17 PM

The defense ministry says the Patriot Advanced Capability 3 systems at two military bases will be installed in Okinawa soon

Officers of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force (SDF) work in front of a set Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on April 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO

PH backs rearmed Japan to 'balance' China

Dec 10, 2012 - 1:55 PM

Foreign department spokesman Raul Hernandez confirms the government s view that Japan should upgrade its military from a self defense force so that it has more freedom to operate in the region