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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

Japan launches Marines unit amid China's growing presence

Apr 07, 2018 - 10:09 PM

The 2,100-member brigade, based in Sasebo, will be responsible for defending remote islands and retaking them if they are invaded

In this file photo, national flags of Japan and China (R) are displayed at Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

North Korea says more missiles to come as UN condemns launch

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:15 AM

UPDATED The launch of the Hwasong 12 intermediate range missile was supervised by leader Kim Jong Un the official Korean Central News Agency reports

ALERT. Pedestrians watch the news on a huge screen displaying a map of Japan (R) and the Korean Peninsula, in Tokyo on August 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Pence vows 'overwhelming' response to North Korea

Apr 19, 2017 - 12:34 PM

US Vice President Pence: We will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response

SPEAKING TO THE TROOPS. US Vice President Mike Pence speaks aboard the docked USS Ronald Reagan in Japan, April 19, 2017. Photo courtesy VP Pence's office/Twitter

Chinese spy ship entered Japan waters – Tokyo

Jun 15, 2016 - 1:59 PM

3rd UPDATE The incident comes less than a week after another of China s naval vessels sailed near islands at the center of a sovereignty dispute

National flags of Japan and China (R) are displayed at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on May 30, 2010. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

US forces in Okinawa under curfew after suspected murder

May 28, 2016 - 1:51 PM

The announcement comes after US President Barack Obama expressed his deepest regrets over the killing

US FORCES. Protesters shot slogans before US Kadena Air Base in Kadena, Okinawa, southwestern Japan, 20 May 2016, after an American employed at the US Air Force base admitted having killed a young Okinawan woman. EPA/HITOSHI MAESHIRO

Military assets, sea dispute, Abdullah on terrorism | 12PM wRap

Nov 18, 2015 - 12:52 PM

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Japan, Philippines defy China with second spy plane flight

Jun 24, 2015 - 1:14 PM

A Japanese P 3C Orion and a Philippine navy islander flew on a search and rescue drill 50 nautical miles 92 6 kilometers northwest of Palawan island officials say

ON THE GROUND. A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force P3C patrol plane is parked at Puerto Princesa airport in the island of Palawan, western Philippines, 23 June 2015. Francis R Malasig/EPA

PH, Japan military ties, LRT, India heat wave | 12PM wRap

May 26, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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Japan cabinet to OK military expansion rules

May 14, 2015 - 1:55 PM

The bills are a pet project of nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who says Japan can no longer resile from underpinning regional stability and must step out from under the shade of the security umbrella provided by the United States

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Cairo, Egypt, 17 January 2015. Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Japan approves biggest ever defense budget amid Asia tensions

Jan 14, 2015 - 9:33 AM

For the year to March 2016 Tokyo will spend 4 98 trillion yen 41 97 billion the government says rising for the third straight year

PACIFIST NO MORE? In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (top C) inspects troops of Japan's Self-Defence Force during a military review at the Ground Self-Defence Force's Asaka training ground on October 27, 2013. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan PM hints at amending pacifist constitution

Oct 15, 2013 - 6:00 PM

In a speech in Parliament the hawkish Abe touched on his long cherished desire to beef up the nation s military presence to respond to the changing world order

PARLIAMENT SPEECH. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his policy speech at the opening of an Extraordinary Diet session at parliament in Tokyo Japan,15 October 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 eyes defense budget increase, Marines-like unit

Aug 30, 2013 - 6:53 PM

The move mirrors Prime Minister Shinzo Abe s policy of a more assertive diplomacy and a more active military

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, Japan, 23 August 2013. EPA/Kiyoshi Ota

PH's security cooperation with US, Japan

Aug 11, 2013 - 1:42 PM

The question of access to Philippine military facilities by other countries should be carefully discussed and thoroughly examined

Aquino told: Row with China not a video game

Jul 03, 2013 - 8:33 PM

The government plan will only escalate tension in the region says Bayan

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Jun 27, 2013 - 8:56 PM

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Japan on full alert over N. Korea: defense minister

Apr 10, 2013 - 11:22 AM

Japan is on full alert ahead of an expected mid range missile launch by North Korea its defense minister said Wednesday

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

Japan puts anti-North Korean missiles in Tokyo

Apr 09, 2013 - 1:24 PM

Japan has deployed Patriot missiles in its capital as it readies to defend the 30 million people who live in greater Tokyo from any North Korean attack

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

Japan, US fighter planes in joint drill: official

Jan 15, 2013 - 4:34 PM

US and Japanese fighter jets on Tuesday January 15 carried out joint air exercises an official said days after Chinese and Japanese military planes shadowed each other near disputed islands in the East China Sea

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