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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    France and Japan to work together on development of military equipment

    Posted Jun 08th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... to jointly develop military kit Japan and France are to work on the joint development of military hardware, the two countries' leaders said, as Tokyo looks to bolster alliances at a time ... agreed on dialogue between foreign and defence officials and agreed on joint development of military equipment and control of exports." Japan has expressed concern over French exports ...

  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    More power for Japanese military overseas

    Posted Jan 24th 2013, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Bill set to allow the Self-Defence Forces to take armed action to protect nationals More power for Japanese military overseas Stung by criticism over the Algerian hostage crisis, in which at least seven Japanese died last week, the Japanese government says it is planning legal changes to enable its military to better protect its nationals overseas. ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo maintains a steady course on military spending

    Posted Jan 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Tokyo’s latest defence procurements may not be expansionist but they do keep pace with Beijing’s blue-water capabilities, analysts say Military planning Seen as formidable Japan is quietly developing an array of "formidable" defensive and offensive military capabilities within easy reach of the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, according ...

  4. News - Asia

    Beijing rejects Manila's view on Japan military boost

    Posted Dec 11th 2012, 12:00am by AGENCIES

    ... Agencies in Manila Manila's support of Japan gets Beijing brush-off Beijing has rebuffed statements by the Philippines welcoming a more active Japanese military and changes ... foreign ministry official said Manila did not share others' concerns about Japan's military past because, in the years since the second world war, it became a democratic and responsible ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    US and Japan's defence moves a test for Beijing

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... mentality". Significantly, the core of that pivot remains the formidable and decades-old US military presence in Japan. That includes, of course, the 7th Fleet at Yokosuka near Tokyo, buttressed ... and it boasts other state-of-the-art air and naval assets- despite budgets in recent years that have rarely seen more than 1 per cent of Japan's gross domestic product pumped into the military ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese troops to return to Tinian island 67 years after battle

    Posted Sep 01st 2012, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Expeditionary Force, with local media reporting that the exercises are designed to enhance Japan's military capabilities on "remote islands". The term has been increasingly used ... islets, which Tokyo refers to as Takeshima, are at the heart of another territorial dispute. "The joint exercises are part of co-operation between the Japanese GSDF and the US military ...

  7. News - Asia

    Briefs, January 28, 2013

    Posted Jan 28th 2013, 12:00am by AGENCIES

    ... Biggest military boost in 20 years for Japan TOKYO- Japan will boost its number of military personnel, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said, as the new government led by the Liberal ... the military and stand tough in the dispute over the islands, called Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan. The number of personnel, now at about 225,000, will increase by 287, the biggest rise in two ...

  8. News - Asia

    Japan calls China a challenge in outline of national security guideline

    Posted Oct 22nd 2013, 04:01pm by Audrey Yoo

    ... Audrey Yoo audrey.yoo@scmp.com Tokyo is drafting its first national security strategy to boost Japan's military force Japan has listed China and North Korea as its security challenges ... Japan’s military force and influence in response to Beijing’s expanding military footprint, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency said. Japan’s prime minister was re-elected last December with a pledge ...

  9. Delicate diplomatic dance circles around military ties

    Posted Apr 13th 2007, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Greg Torode and Shi Jiangtao The moves to deepen Sino-Japanese military ties will be one of the most closely watched developments to emerge from Premier Wen Jiabao's ... International Relations, said deepening military ties between China and Japan, though symbolic, were a result of the recent progress made in mending political ties. 'It is a move towards building ...


    War games fracas strains ties between South Korea and Japan

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... story, citing a Japanese diplomat in Seoul as saying: "It is extremely rude as a host country of a multination military drill." South Korea's defence ministry denied the reports, ...




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