Ghosn's Defense Team Requests Bail Again

Ghosn's defense team requests bail again

The defense team of former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn has again asked the Tokyo District Court to grant bail to their detained client.

The attorneys filed the second request for bail on Friday. On Thursday, the court rejected the appeal filed by his lawyers over its decision to deny bail.

Japan Seeks Early Defense Talks With S.korea

Japan seeks early defense talks with S.Korea

Japan's defense minister wants to accelerate arrangements for talks between Japanese and South Korean defense officials over last month's radar lock-on incident.

Takeshi Iwaya has again suggested presenting radio wave records to officials in Seoul to prove that a South Korean destroyer directed its fire-control radar at a Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane in the Sea of Japan.

Iwaya Inspects Izumo, Stresses Defense Purpose

Iwaya inspects Izumo, stresses defense purpose

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya has inspected the destroyer Izumo, which is slated to be given the de-facto functions of an aircraft carrier under the country's new defense program guidelines.

Japan's government on Tuesday adopted the guidelines, which focus on the defense of regional waters and which express strong concern over China's growing maritime presence.

Japan Adopts New Defense Guidelines

Japan adopts new defense guidelines

Japan has approved new defense guidelines, including a plan to upgrade an existing destroyer into a de-facto aircraft carrier.

The new National Defense Program Guidelines and the mid-term defense program for the next five years were adopted on Tuesday at a cabinet meeting.

Japan's Cabinet To Approve New Defense Guidelines

Japan's Cabinet to approve new defense guidelines

Japan's Cabinet is set to endorse new defense proposals, including turning a large destroyer into an aircraft carrier.

The new National Defense Program Guidelines, as well as the government's mid-term defense plan for next 5 years, are expected to be adopted at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Defense Guidelines To Call For Carrier Function

Defense guidelines to call for carrier function

Japan's new defense guidelines are to call for having the Maritime Self-Defense Force's largest destroyer function as an aircraft carrier, to strengthen defense of regional waters.

Japan's government aims to decide next week on the new National Defense Program Guidelines. Its draft was presented to an expert panel on Tuesday.

Defense Ministry: 2 Us Marine Aircraft Crash

Defense Ministry: 2 US Marine aircraft crash

Japan's Defense Ministry says 2 US Marine aircraft have crashed off Kochi Prefecture, western Japan.

Officials say an FA18 fighter and a C130 aircraft deployed at the US Iwakuni Marine Base collided in the air off Cape Muroto at 1:40 AM, Japan time.

Defense Ministry Resumes Landfill Preparation

Defense Ministry resumes landfill preparation

Japan's Defense Ministry has resumed preparations for reclamation work in Okinawa to move the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station.

The ministry's Okinawa bureau on Monday began loading soil and sand onto a vessel at a pier of a private company in Nago City to reclaim the coastal area of the city's Henoko district.

Draft Of New Defense Guidelines Revealed

Draft of new defense guidelines revealed

NHK has learned that a draft of the government's new defense guidelines says Japan will introduce state-of-the-art F-35B stealth fighter jets.

The government is set to review the National Defense Program Guidelines later this month -- for the first time in 5 years.

Japan Eyes Change In Defense Spending Calculation

Japan eyes change in defense spending calculation

Japan's government is considering tweaking its method for calculating defense spending, amid calls by the United States for allies to shoulder more of the burden.

President Donald Trump's administration has urged allies to commit more money. This call came despite NATO countries setting the target for defense spending at 2 percent of their GDP.

New Defense Guidelines To Call For Ai Boost

New defense guidelines to call for AI boost

Japan's new defense guidelines will call for the introduction of more artificial intelligence technology to make up for a coming personnel shortage.

The National Defense Program Guidelines will be revised next month for the first time in 5 years.

Defense Chief Aims For Quick Base Work

Defense chief aims for quick base work

Japan's defense chief says he intends to move ahead quickly with preparations to resume reclamation work for the relocation of a US military base in Okinawa.

Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters on Tuesday that the land ministry told him about its decision to temporarily suspend Okinawa Prefecture's revocation of a landfill permit.

Audit: Defense Equipment Database To Be Reviewed

Audit: Defense equipment database to be reviewed

NHK has learned that Japan's Board of Audit plans to urge defense officials to review their database system designed to cut costs for procuring defense equipment. Auditors say the system isn't working as intended.

The Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency created the system at a cost of about 2 million dollars, and introduced it on a trial basis in 2016. The agency wants to fully operate the system in 2022.