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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.