Japan’s military, among world’s strongest, looks to build

Dozens of tanks and soldiers fired explosives and machine guns in drills Monday on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, a main stronghold for a nation that is perhaps the world’s least-known military powerhouse. Just across the sea from rival Russia, Japan opened up its humbly named Self Defense Force’s firing exercises to the media inContinue reading “Japan’s military, among world’s strongest, looks to build”

Japan, Vietnam sign defense transfer deal amid China worries

Japan can now give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam under an agreement signed Saturday, as the two countries step up their military cooperation amid worries about China’s growing military influence. Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the deal elevates their defense partnership “to a new level” and that Japan and Vietnam plan to deepenContinue reading “Japan, Vietnam sign defense transfer deal amid China worries”

Japan Keeps Intercepting China Military Drones and Spy Planes

Japan says it has scrambled fighter aircraft to intercept Chinese military drones and accompanying surveillance aircraft on three consecutive days this week as its defense forces took part in a series of readiness exercises with regional allies. Thursday marked the third straight day of Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle sightings reported by the Japanese Defense Ministry’s Joint Staff Office.Continue reading “Japan Keeps Intercepting China Military Drones and Spy Planes”

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