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Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A Fighter Has Gone Missing Over Pacific Ocean
April 10, 2019

Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A Fighter Has Gone Missing Over Pacific Ocean

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan’s remaining fleet of 12 F-35As will remain grounded for the time being, according to the Japanese defense minister.
Japan Air Self Defense Force Stands Up First F-35A Lightning II Fighter Squadron
April 01, 2019

Japan Air Self Defense Force Stands Up First F-35A Lightning II Fighter Squadron

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan stood up its first operational F-35A fighter squadron, the 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, on March 29.

Japan Mulls Ceasing In-Country Assembly of F-35 Fighter Jets
January 24, 2019

Japan Mulls Ceasing In-Country Assembly of F-35 Fighter Jets

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Tokyo is reviewing ceasing indigenous production of the F-35A to save costs.

Are 105 Extra F-35s the Best Option for Japan's Military?
December 19, 2018

Are 105 Extra F-35s the Best Option for Japan's Military?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The F-35 has always been seen as just an interim solution by Japanese defense planners as the aircraft cannot fulfill crucial operational requirements of the JASDF.

Japan Set to Become World’s Second Largest Operator of F-35 Stealth Fighters
December 19, 2018

Japan Set to Become World’s Second Largest Operator of F-35 Stealth Fighters

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan’s cabinet has voted to buy over 100 extra F-35 stealth fighter jets.
Japan Gears up for Electronic Warfare
September 05, 2018

Japan Gears up for Electronic Warfare

By Aki Nakai
Japan is going electromagnetic, with implications for Japanese security policy and the U.S. regional strategy.

Japan to Procure 25 More F-35A Stealth Fighters
February 22, 2018

Japan to Procure 25 More F-35A Stealth Fighters

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japanese military is purportedly also mulling the purchase of F-35Bs, according to sources.
Japan Deploys First F-35A Stealth Fighter
January 30, 2018

Japan Deploys First F-35A Stealth Fighter

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force deployed its first F-35A fighter jet this month.

Japan’s Defense Ministry Confirms Plans to Buy Long-Range Stand-off Missiles
December 11, 2017

Japan’s Defense Ministry Confirms Plans to Buy Long-Range Stand-off Missiles

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japanese ministry of defense publicly confirmed that it will seek funds for new missiles in next year’s budget.

Japan Mulls Long-Range Strike Capability to Hit North Korea
December 06, 2017

Japan Mulls Long-Range Strike Capability to Hit North Korea

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan will purportedly allocate funds to study the possibility of arming fighter jets with long-range air-to-ground missiles.

Deterring North Korea: Japan Lawmakers Push for Preemptive Strike Capability
March 09, 2017

Deterring North Korea: Japan Lawmakers Push for Preemptive Strike Capability

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Is it time for Japan to acquire long-range cruise missiles?
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