Defense Minister Stresses Need For Aegis Ashore

Defense minister stresses need for Aegis Ashore

Japan's defense minister has stressed the need for a new land-based missile defense system following North Korea's test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, or SLBM, on Wednesday.

Taro Kono told reporters on Friday that it's vital that the country introduce the Aegis Ashore system, which is designed to track and intercept incoming missiles.

New Defense Minister Meets Okinawa Governor

New defense minister meets Okinawa governor

Japan's new defense minister has sought public understanding of the government's efforts to reduce the burden of Okinawa prefecture's hosting of US military bases.

Taro Kono met Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki on Sunday during his first visit to the prefecture after assuming his post earlier this month.

Defense Report Stresses Space, Cyber Security

Defense report stresses space, cyber security

Japan's annual defense report stresses the importance of gaining superiority in new areas, including space and cyber security.

The Defense White Paper, released on Friday, says technological development will lead to fundamental changes in national security. It emphasizes that securing advantages in space, cyber security and electromagnetic waves will be essential.

Japan Defense Chief Reacts To Projectile Firing

Japan defense chief reacts to projectile firing

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says officials have confirmed that no North Korean projectiles have entered Japan's territory or its exclusive economic zone.

Iwaya spoke to reporters on Tuesday morning shortly after North Korea fired projectiles twice earlier in the day.

Defense Ministry: No Entry To Japan's Eez

Defense Ministry: No entry to Japan's EEZ

Japan's Defense Ministry says it has not confirmed any ballistic missiles entering its territory or exclusive economic zone.

It adds that projectiles launched by North Korea earlier in the day will not pose any direct threat to Japan's security.

Defense Report Warns Of N.korea's Nuclear Arms

Defense report warns of N.Korea's nuclear arms

Japan's latest draft defense white paper warns that North Korea may have already developed nuclear warheads small enough to be loaded into ballistic missiles.

The draft of the annual report says North Korea continues to launch short-range ballistic missiles.

Record Amount Sought For Japan's Defense Budget

Record amount sought for Japan's defense budget

Japan's Defense Ministry has released its largest-ever budget request for next fiscal year, partly to finance the launch of a space monitoring unit.

The ministry decided at a meeting attended by Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya on Friday to request about 5.3 trillion yen, or about 50 billion dollars, for fiscal 2020, which starts next April. The figure is up 1.2 percent from this year's budget.

Defense Chief: N.korean Missiles Are New Type

Defense chief: N.Korean missiles are new type

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says the two short-range ballistic missiles launched by North Korea on Saturday were a new type of weapon.

Iwaya told reporters on Tuesday that his ministry arrived at the judgment after comparing the launches to other missiles and projectiles North Korea has fired in the past.

Defense Budget Aims To Create New Space Unit

Defense budget aims to create new space unit

Japan's Defense Ministry says it has decided to request a budget allocation to create a new space monitoring unit within the Air Self-Defense Force.

The Defense Ministry is set to ask for more than 5.3 trillion yen, or about 49.7 billion dollars, for the fiscal year starting in April 2020.

Defense Ministry To Seek Budget For F-2 Successor

Defense Ministry to seek budget for F-2 successor

Japan's Defense Ministry has decided to submit an estimate of its budget request for the next fiscal year to cover the development of new stealth fighter jets without providing a specific amount.

The Defense Ministry says it will draw up a detailed budget for the fiscal year that starts in April 2020 for the development of jets to succeed the Air Self-Defense Force's current fleet of 91 F-2 aircraft.

Defense Ministry Wants Budget To Boost Space Watch

Defense Ministry wants budget to boost space watch

Japan's Defense Ministry plans to make its largest-ever budget request to boost its space surveillance capabilities.

The ministry is likely to ask for about 5.3 trillion yen, or 50 billion dollars, for its budget for the year that starts in April 2020. The defense program guidelines adopted last year call for boosting Japan's defense capabilities in outer space.

Japan's Defense Ministry Dismisses N.korea Claims

Japan's defense ministry dismisses N.Korea claims

Japan's defense ministry has dismissed what it says is an attempt by North Korea to drive a wedge between Tokyo and Washington. The ministry says Japan and the United States are in sync over the issue of North Korean missiles, and will continue to closely monitor developments following a series of recent test launches.

The comment follows a statement on Sunday by Kwong Jong Gun, a North Korean foreign ministry official in charge of American affairs.

Japan Deflects Trump's Criticism Of Defense Pact

Japan deflects Trump's criticism of defense pact

The Japanese government's top spokesperson says the obligations of Japan and the United States are balanced under the bilateral security treaty and the agreement is not one-sided.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga made the comment to reporters on Thursday when asked about US President Donald Trump's remarks expressing displeasure over the pact.

Another Error Found In Missile Defense Study

Another error found in missile defense study

Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya has apologized for another mistake found in a study for the deployment of a US-made Aegis Ashore missile defense system.

Iwaya told reporters on Tuesday that the inaccuracy was discovered in a survey of the environmental effects of the radio waves from the system's powerful radars.