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Japan Intercepted Chinese Military Aircraft 675 Times in Fiscal Year 2019
April 10, 2020

Japan Intercepted Chinese Military Aircraft 675 Times in Fiscal Year 2019

By Franz-Stefan Gady
This marks a 6 percent increase compared with the same period in fiscal year 2018.

Work Stopped at F-35A Facility in Japan Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
March 07, 2020

Work Stopped at F-35A Facility in Japan Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Lockheed Martin suspended assembly of the F-35A aircraft at a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries facility in Japan out of concern over the spread of the coronavirus.
Japan Intercepts Chinese Military Aircraft  523 Times in 9 Months
February 04, 2020

Japan Intercepts Chinese Military Aircraft 523 Times in 9 Months

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan has seen a rise in the number of Chinese military aircraft approaching Japanese airspace over the last nine months.

Japan to Continue Assembling F-35A Fighter Jets at Home
January 08, 2020

Japan to Continue Assembling F-35A Fighter Jets at Home

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan intends to continue to assemble F-35As at a local facility in Nagoya.

What Will Japan’s Next Fighter Project Look Like?
December 19, 2019

What Will Japan’s Next Fighter Project Look Like?

By Robert Farley
From the outside, it may look a lot different than any other country’s fighter. On the inside, it may share crucial components with one or more international partners.

Japan, South Korea Scramble Fighter Jets Against 2 Russian Strategic Bombers
November 27, 2019

Japan, South Korea Scramble Fighter Jets Against 2 Russian Strategic Bombers

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The two Russian bombers and escort aircraft were conducting a 10-hour flight over the Sea of Japan and East China Sea.

Japan Places Follow-on Order for Joint Strike Missiles
November 13, 2019

Japan Places Follow-on Order for Joint Strike Missiles

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japanese government has awarded Norway’s Kongsberg a follow-on contract to supply additional Joint Strike Missiles.
Australia, Japan to Hold First Joint Air Combat Exercise
September 11, 2019

Australia, Japan to Hold First Joint Air Combat Exercise

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Bushido Guardian 2019 exercise will be held from September 11 to October 8 in Japan.

Report: 2 Russian Tu-95 Strategic Bombers Violate Japan's Airspace
June 20, 2019

Report: 2 Russian Tu-95 Strategic Bombers Violate Japan's Airspace

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Two nuclear-capable Tu-95 long-range bombers have violated Japanese airspace on June 20, according to the country’s defense ministry.

Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets in Response to Chinese Spy Plane Over Miyako Strait
June 17, 2019

Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets in Response to Chinese Spy Plane Over Miyako Strait

By Franz-Stefan Gady
For the first time in over a month, Japan’s Ministry of Defense has publicized the interception of a foreign military aircraft.

Alessio Patalano on Japan’s Growing Naval Power
June 04, 2019

Alessio Patalano on Japan’s Growing Naval Power

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Aircraft carriers and F-35B stealth fighters: Japan is incrementally building up its offensive maritime capabilities.
Japan Takes Delivery of First E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft
June 03, 2019

Japan Takes Delivery of First E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Northrop Grumman has announced that it has delivered the first E-2D aircraft to the Japan Air Self Defense Force.

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