Japan’s new defense chief set to have his work cut out for him — again

New Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada enters the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Wednesday. | KYODO

From China’s growing military assertiveness to North Korea’s nuclear saber-rattling, new Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada will have his work cut out for him from day one as he confronts a number of looming challenges. But the most pressing issue Hamada, 66, will face is shepherding through some of the biggest changes in Japanese defense policy

Japan to allow defense budget requests without specific amounts

Ground Self-Defense Force members disembark from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a live-fire exercise at East Fuji Maneuver Area, in Gotemba, Shizuoka, Prefecture, on May 28. | POOL / VIA REUTERS

The government plans to allow the Defense Ministry to make budget requests for fiscal 2023 without specifying requested amounts, informed sources said Saturday. Under its budget request guidelines for the fiscal year starting in April 2023, the government plans to approve the ministry’s requests that only declare items of spending, a method used when details

Chinese aircraft carrier’s activity a “security concern,” says Japan general

The Chinese navy aircraft carrier Liaoning on Tuesday | MINISTRY OF DEFENSE

Japan’s top uniformed officer of the Defense Ministry said Thursday that recent activities by China’s navy, including fighter jets taking off and landing on an aircraft carrier near the southern prefecture of Okinawa, are “a security concern.” Gen. Koji Yamazaki, chief of the ministry’s Joint Staff, aired a strong sense of caution against the activities

Russian submarines test-fire cruise missiles in Sea of Japan

A Russian Kalibr cruise missile is test-fired from a submarine in the Sea of Japan in this image taken from video posted to Facebook by the country's Defense Ministry on Thursday.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced Thursday that two navy submarines had test-fired Kalibr cruise missiles in the Sea of Japan, the latest in a series of high-profile military exercises in the region since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Submarines belonging to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet launched the advanced cruise missiles, the same weapons being used

North Korea says missile tested Sunday was Hwasong-12 intermediate-range weapon

A combination image shows a North Korean Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile test that was carried out Sunday, along with pictures reportedly taken from outer space with a warhead-mounted camera, in this image released Monday.  | KCNA / VIA REUTERS

North Korea validated Monday that the weapon launched a day previously was of its most powerful missile considering that late 2017, state-run media reported, in a move that could mark an end to nearly 4 years of leader Kim Jong Uns self-imposed moratorium on longer-range tests.Analysts said the rocket checked was an intermediate-range ballistic missile

North Korea ups ante with seventh weapons test in January

An apparent missile carrying a maneuverable re-entry vehicle is launched during a test at an undisclosed location in North Korea on Jan. 11  | KCNA / VIA REUTERS

In a time of both false information and excessive information, quality journalism is more vital than ever.By subscribing, you can assist us get the story right. SUBSCRIBE NOW North Korea released an apparent ballistic rocket Sunday early morning– its seventh round of weapons tests this month– as the nuclear-armed country continues to strengthen its ever-improving

ASDF plane carrying water arrives in disaster-hit Tonga

Air Self-Defense Force personnel from a C-130 transport plane carrying drinking water for disaster-hit Tonga arrive at an air base in Australia on Friday. | DEFENSE MINISTRY / VIA KYODO

A C-130 transportation plane dispatched by the Air Self-Defense Force bring drinking water arrived in Tonga on Saturday after an undersea volcanic eruption and a tsunami hit the Pacific islands nation last weekend.The plane left the Komaki Air Base in main Japan on Thursday with safe and clean water prepared by the Japan International Cooperation

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