Big Majority of Japanese Favor Proposed Long-range Cruise Missiles – Sankei-FNN Poll

  Positive responses to the government’s proposed acquisition of long-range cruise missiles exceeded 68.5%, dwarfing those thought the “acquisition is unnecessary” (28.7%), the latest poll conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and the Fuji News Network (FNN) showed.   However, opinions were divided over what circumstances the long-range cruise missiles should be used in. Of the […]

Decades After Abduction, Why Can’t Japan Tap Maritime Self-Defense Force to Rescue Victims?

  It was March 24, 1999, at 12:50 AM. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force-guided missile-destroyer Myoko was in pursuit of an unidentified vessel off the Noto Peninsula when the Prime Minister’s official residence issued the first ever order for a “Maritime Security Operation.”     First Lieutenant Sukeyasu Ito, the captain of Myoko at the […]