The research will enclose the variety of ASDF
missions in a combined manner, with particular emphasis on the air defense identification zone unilaterally declared by China.
The total number of ASDF
scrambles against foreign aircraft rose by 45 to 335 in the period.
But opposition parties had persistently challenged the government, arguing the ASDF
mission was focusing on transporting U.
While explaining that Japan decided in late March on a bill to extend for two years the ASDF
deployment, Abe will ask the Kuwaiti leaders for continued cooperation in the ASDF
operations there, Japanese officials said.
The sources said the study concluded it is doubtful that the envisioned air raids would be effective because the ASDF
lacks tankers for airborne refueling, the latest electronic-warfare-capable aircraft, and detailed information on the North Korean missile base.
airplanes were scrambled 209 times from April to September as a precaution against approaching foreign aircraft, the highest number in 10 years, the ministry said.
Earlier in April last year, Tamogami also mocked a ruling by the Nagoya High Court that the ASDF
mission in Iraq was unconstitutional, borrowing a popular comedian's signature phrase ''Sonna no kankei nee'' (That doesn't matter) at a press conference while he was still in the top post of the ASDF
The top ASDF
commander also said the soldiers were carrying light firearms, such as rifles.
resumed using the F-15s at six bases without having them carry exterior fuel tanks under their wings, but continued their grounding at the Komatsu Air Base, to which the F-15 involved in the accident belongs, due to a lack of approval by local municipalities.
Tamogami, 60, was relieved of his duties as ASDF
chief of staff on Oct.
A 200-member ASDF
contingent, meanwhile, is airlifting humanitarian goods for Iraqis and supplies for U.
But many officials within the agency continue to show strong support for the company's T-7, saying they believe the prototype offered by Fuji Heavy Industries is the most suitable for the ASDF
training program, the agency sources said.