Jr East, West Expect Biggest Net Losses For Fy2020

JR East, West expect biggest net losses for FY2020

Two major Japanese railway operators expect their net losses this fiscal year to be their biggest since they came into being following state rail privatization. The firms attribute the losses to the coronavirus outbreak.

East Japan Railway Company on Wednesday published its business projections for fiscal 2020 ending next March. The firm expects to post 3.98 billion dollars in losses.

Japan Sdf Destroyer Leaves For Middle East Mission

Japan SDF destroyer leaves for Middle East mission

A destroyer of Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force has left for the Middle East to take on an intelligence-gathering mission to ensure the safe navigation of Japan-related vessels in the region's waters.

The Kirisame left Sasebo Base in Nagasaki Prefecture on Sunday after a ceremony that was scaled back due to the coronavirus. The ship has a crew of around 200.

Sdf Member In Middle East Tests Positive For Virus

SDF member in Middle East tests positive for virus

A member of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in the Middle East has tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The Maritime Self-Defense Force has a destroyer and a patrol aircraft unit conducting anti-piracy operations off Somalia. In addition, it has about a dozen contact personnel working at a command center of a US-led international coalition in Bahrain.

Msdf Destroyer Begins Middle East Mission

MSDF destroyer begins Middle East mission

A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer has begun its mission in the Middle East.

The Takanami left Japan on February 2. On Wednesday, it began intelligence-gathering operations to protect Japan-linked ships sailing through the Gulf of Oman and the northern part of the Arabian Sea.

Kono: Msdf Ship To Start Operating In Middle East

Kono: MSDF ship to start operating in Middle East

Japan's Defense Minister Taro Kono says a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer will start operating in the Middle East as soon as Wednesday.

The government dispatched the destroyer Takanami and aircraft to the Middle East for an intelligence gathering operation to safeguard commercial ships with links to Japan. The Takanami left the Yokosuka base, near Tokyo, on February 2.

Sdf Vessel Leaves For Middle East

SDF vessel leaves for Middle East

A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer has left for the Middle East to conduct survey and research activities. It is the first time an MSDF ship has gone on an international mission that will last longer than a year.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saw off the destroyer Takanami at Yokosuka Naval Base south of Tokyo in a ceremony on Sunday morning.

Kono Downplays Risks Of Sdf Middle East Mission

Kono downplays risks of SDF Middle East mission

Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono has downplayed the danger to the Self-Defense Forces' intelligence-gathering mission in the Middle East. The government hopes the information will help safeguard commercial ships at a time of regional tension.

Kono discussed the mission in an exclusive interview with NHK World on Thursday.

Japanese Msdf Unit Begins Mission In Middle East

Japanese MSDF unit begins mission in Middle East

A patrol plane unit from Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force has begun its intelligence-gathering mission in the Middle East amid heightened tensions in the region.

The unit has two P-3C aircraft, flying from the East African nation of Djibouti to the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday.

Msdf Unit To Begin Its Mission In The Middle East

MSDF unit to begin its mission in the Middle East

A patrol plane unit of Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force is preparing for its intelligence-gathering mission in the Middle East.

The defense ministry announced that as of Monday local time, two P-3C aircrafts which departed from Japan on January 11 had replaced a unit engaged in anti-piracy activities off Somalia.

Abe Heads Home After Middle East Tour

Abe heads home after Middle East tour

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is returning to Japan from a three-nation Middle East tour. He agreed with the leaders of these countries that dialogue will be crucial for stabilizing the region and de-escalating tensions.

Abe left Oman, the final leg of his tour, early Wednesday morning. His itinerary also included Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Abe Meets Saudi Fm, Discusses Middle East Tensions

Abe meets Saudi FM, discusses Middle East tensions

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has begun his Middle East tour with a meeting with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister.

Abe met Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud at a state guesthouse in Riyadh on Sunday after arriving in the Saudi capital the previous day.

Abe Heads For 3 Middle East Nations

Abe heads for 3 Middle East nations

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has left Japan on a 3-nation Middle East tour amid growing tensions in the gulf region.

Abe said "Based on the friendly relations Japan has built with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, I will call on the leaders to seek stability in the region through talks and rational measures."