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Is Japan About to Officially Upgrade to Aircraft Carriers?
December 01, 2018

Is Japan About to Officially Upgrade to Aircraft Carriers?

By Daniel Hurst
A reported plan to modify the Izumo-class will face obstacles at home and abroad.

Japan’s Largest Aircraft Carrier to Operate in South China Sea, Indian Ocean for 2 Months
July 04, 2018

Japan’s Largest Aircraft Carrier to Operate in South China Sea, Indian Ocean for 2 Months

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan’s largest warship will tour the South China and Indian Ocean for two months beginning in September.
Trump May Tour Japan’s Largest Warship During Asia Trip Next Month
October 24, 2017

Trump May Tour Japan’s Largest Warship During Asia Trip Next Month

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japanese government sources indicate that the U.S. president has been invited to inspect Japan’s helicopter carrier.

Philippines’ Duterte First Head of State to Visit Japan’s Largest Warship
June 05, 2017

Philippines’ Duterte First Head of State to Visit Japan’s Largest Warship

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Philippine president purportedly expressed his willingness to deepen defense cooperation with Japan while onboard.

Vietnam: Japan’s Largest Aircraft Carrier Participates in Major Naval Exercise
May 24, 2017

Vietnam: Japan’s Largest Aircraft Carrier Participates in Major Naval Exercise

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan’s largest warship is currently taking part in a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief drill in Vietnam.

South China Sea: Japan’s Largest Warship Concludes Drill With US Navy Littoral Combat Ship
May 20, 2017

South China Sea: Japan’s Largest Warship Concludes Drill With US Navy Littoral Combat Ship

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and U.S. Navy completed a passing exercise in the South China Sea this week.

Japan Dispatches Biggest Warship to Protect US Navy Vessel, Putting New Security Law to Work
May 09, 2017

Japan Dispatches Biggest Warship to Protect US Navy Vessel, Putting New Security Law to Work

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan has issued its first order to protect a U.S. Navy warship under the country’s new security legislation.
Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Commissions Second Helicopter Carrier
March 23, 2017

Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Commissions Second Helicopter Carrier

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan’s newest surface combatant entered service on March 22.

Japan Maritime Self Defense Force to Send Largest Carrier to the South China Sea
March 18, 2017

Japan Maritime Self Defense Force to Send Largest Carrier to the South China Sea

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship to the disputed waters.

Japan Launches New Helicopter Destroyer
August 29, 2015

Japan Launches New Helicopter Destroyer

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Tokyo unveils its second Izumo-class helicopter carrier.

Japan's New Helicopter Carrier: Bad News for Chinese Subs?
March 28, 2015

Japan's New Helicopter Carrier: Bad News for Chinese Subs?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan now has all the building blocks to field a powerful carrier strike group.
Japan Mulls Aircraft Carrier Future?
January 15, 2014

Japan Mulls Aircraft Carrier Future?

By Zachary Keck
Japan will reportedly fly surveillance drones from its destroyers as a possible prelude to building aircraft carriers.

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