ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter

U.S. drones may be headed to Japan: defense minister

Temporary deployment of MQ-9 would boost maritime monitoring

An MQ-9 drone is prepared for a flight during an exercise in the U.S. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force)

TOKYO -- Japan has started to explore the deployment of U.S. military drones to a southwestern base to increase the allies' eyes in the sky in the region, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said Friday.

American MQ-9 drones would be stationed at the Maritime Self-Defense Force's Kanoya Air Base in Kagoshima Prefecture on a temporary basis, Kishi told reporters.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more