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Japan’s Defense Ministry Launches Protocol for UFO Sightings
September 18, 2020

Japan’s Defense Ministry Launches Protocol for UFO Sightings

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s Self Defense Force has received instruction on steps to take should a UFO be identified. 

Lockheed Martin Wins Contract Modification for Japan Aegis Ashore Batteries
March 09, 2020

Lockheed Martin Wins Contract Modification for Japan Aegis Ashore Batteries

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. defense firm’s contract for the delivery of two Aegis Ashore systems to Japan is now worth $3.2. billion.
Japan Developing New Anti-Ship Missile for P-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft
February 29, 2020

Japan Developing New Anti-Ship Missile for P-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft

By Franz-Stefan Gady
A P-1 aircraft carrying the new air-launched anti-ship missile conducted its first test flight earlier this month.

US, Japan Conduct Amphibious Warfare Exercise
February 21, 2020

US, Japan Conduct Amphibious Warfare Exercise

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Exercise Iron Fist 2020 is slated to conclude on February 21.

Japan’s Leader Vows to Boost Nation’s Role in US Alliance
January 20, 2020

Japan’s Leader Vows to Boost Nation’s Role in US Alliance

By Associated Press
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Sunday to bolster his country's role under its security pact with the U.S. in "outer space and cyberspace."

Japan’s Security Choices in an Uncertain East Asia
January 17, 2020

Japan’s Security Choices in an Uncertain East Asia

By Titli Basu
What kind of Japan will the region have to deal with in the coming decades?

Japan to Receive Additional US Supersonic Ballistic Missile Interceptors
November 05, 2019

Japan to Receive Additional US Supersonic Ballistic Missile Interceptors

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan will take delivery of additional Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptors, according to the Pentagon.
Can the Japan Self-Defense Force Age Gracefully?
September 18, 2019

Can the Japan Self-Defense Force Age Gracefully?

By Yoshimitsu Sato
How the JSDF should adapt to a shrinking population and an aging society in Japan.

US Defense Contractor to Build Upgrade Facility for F-35 Stealth Fighters in Japan
September 17, 2019

US Defense Contractor to Build Upgrade Facility for F-35 Stealth Fighters in Japan

By Franz-Stefan Gady
U.S. defense firm Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract to build a F-35 maintenance repair and upgrade facility in Japan.

Japan’s Air Force: Pilot Error Caused F-35A Crash
August 10, 2019

Japan’s Air Force: Pilot Error Caused F-35A Crash

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Pilot vertigo rather than a mechanical problem was the cause of the crash in April, according to a JASDF investigative report.

Japan’s F-35A Fighter Jets Resume Flight Operations
August 06, 2019

Japan’s F-35A Fighter Jets Resume Flight Operations

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan resumed training missions of its F-35As last Thursday.
Japan’s Marines Storm Beach Alongside Australian, US Troops
August 01, 2019

Japan’s Marines Storm Beach Alongside Australian, US Troops

By Franz-Stefan Gady
This year’s Talisman Sabre exercise in Australia included amphibious assault drills involving Japanese, Australian, and U.S. troops.

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