Latest Japanese armed forces News

Okinawa marks 50 years of end to US rule amid protests

May. 15, 2022 07:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki on Sunday urged Japan's central government to do more to reduce the U.S. military presence in the southern island group as it marked the 50th anniversary of its return to Japan after 27 years of American rule, amid frustration and bitterness over a lack...

EXPLAINER: Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years later

May. 13, 2022 22:11 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Okinawa on Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of its return to Japan on May 15, 1972, which ended 27 years of U.S. rule after one of the bloodiest battles of World War II was fought on the southern Japanese island. The day is being marked with more bitterness than joy...

Japan's Okinawa urges government to reduce China tensions

May. 06, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan should focus more on peaceful diplomacy with China instead of on military deterrence as tensions rise around Chinese-claimed Taiwan, the governor of the nearby southern Japanese island of Okinawa said Friday. He also urged that the burden on Okinawa of hosting a majority of the...

Russia tests submarine-launched missiles in Sea of Japan

Apr. 14, 2022 09:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government said Thursday it is closely watching military activities by Russia following reports it conducted tests of submarine-launched missiles in the Sea of Japan, in its latest military exercises off the Japanese coast following its invasion of Ukraine. ...

Japan, US hold navy drills off Koreas amid nuke test worry

Apr. 13, 2022 06:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. and Japanese warships, led by the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group, are conducting their joint naval exercise in waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula for the first time in five years, in a show of their close military alliance amid growing speculation of North...

Japan, Italy to lift defense ties amid China, Russia worries

Apr. 12, 2022 10:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said he and his Italian counterpart agreed Tuesday to step up military cooperation as Japan expands security ties with Europe amid concern about Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its impact on Asia. Kishi told reporters that he and...

Japan, Philippines to step up security ties amid China worry

Apr. 07, 2022 11:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The defense ministers of Japan and the Philippines agreed Thursday to bolster security cooperation and expand joint drills between their forces as they shared concerns about China’s increasingly assertive military actions in the region. Japanese Defense Minister...

Japan OKs bigger budget to host US forces, step up alliance

Mar. 25, 2022 04:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s parliament on Friday approved a new agreement with the United States, endorsing Japanese government spending exceeding 1 trillion yen ($8 billion) for hosting U.S. troops as the two sides strengthen their military alliance in the face of growing threat from China and North...

S. Korean slavery victim seeks UN justice as time runs out

Mar. 21, 2022 07:46 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thirty years after going public with her story of abduction, rape and forced prostitution by Japan’s wartime military, Lee Yong-soo fears she’s running out of time to get closure to her ordeal. The 93-year-old is the face of a dwindling group of South...

Japan-US marine combat drills held amid China, Russia worry

Mar. 15, 2022 07:52 AM EDT

GOTEMBA, Japan (AP) — Japanese and U.S. Marines had their first airborne landing and combat training together on Tuesday near Mt. Fuji as the two allies strengthen military cooperation amid growing maritime activity by China and Russia in the regional seas. Japan has been expanding...