Japan succeeds in test flight of first stealth fighter jet

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The X-2 advanced technological demonstrator plane of the Japanese Air Self-Defence Force takes off at Komaki Airport in Komaki, Aichi prefecture on April 22, 2016 (AFP Photo/)

 

Japan’s first stealth fighter jet successfully took to the skies on Friday as the country joins a select group of world military powers wielding the radar-dodging technology.

Technological super power Japan, despite strict constitutional constraints on the use of military force imposed after World War II, has one of the world’s most advanced defence forces and the development of the stealth fighter comes as it faces new security challenges in the form of China’s expanding force posture. Continue reading

Exclusive: Japan’s far-flung island defense plan seeks to turn tables on China

Let us also not forget Tokyo is capable of going nuclear within three months, or possibly quicker now that considerable time has passed by and technical advancements have been made. It’s also been said that they have already been developing a nuclear arsenal.

 

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is fortifying its far-flung island chain in the East China Sea under an evolving strategy that aims to turn the tables on China’s navy and keep it from ever dominating the Western Pacific Ocean, Japanese military and government sources said.

The United States, believing its Asian allies – and Japan in particular – must help contain growing Chinese military power, has pushed Japan to abandon its decades-old bare-bones home island defense in favor of exerting its military power in Asia. Continue reading

Japan warns China making new platform in East China Sea

Tokyo: China has been constructing a new offshore platform near the median line between its shoreline and that of Japan in the East China Sea, where China is developing gas fields, according to the Japanese government.

At a Friday meeting of the House of Representatives’ special committee on security legislation, Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani said the move could become a security concern.

China “could install a radar system on the platform, or use it as an operating base for helicopters or drones conducting air patrols”, he said. Continue reading

Japan to the Rescue? New Deal Allows Tokyo to Defend US Forces Worldwide

The bilateral defense agreement lays down a set of rules for joint operations between the US Military and Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF). The last time the agreement was revised was in 1997, and the SDF’s role was limited to protecting the US military only when it was acting in Tokyo’s defense and only within the Japan’s geographic vicinity. Continue reading

Insight: Japan unease over U.S. alliance adds fuel to Abe’s security shift

In public, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government lists a more assertive China and a volatile North Korea as its top security concerns.

Behind the scenes, though, another concern is growing: that the United States may one day be unable or unwilling to defend Japan, interviews with Abe advisers, politicians and security experts show. The worries are adding momentum to Abe’s drive to beef up Japan’s air and naval forces while loosening constitutional limits on action its military can take abroad. Continue reading