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Japan to Receive Additional US Supersonic Ballistic Missile Interceptors
November 05, 2019

Japan to Receive Additional US Supersonic Ballistic Missile Interceptors

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan will take delivery of additional Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptors, according to the Pentagon.

Can the Japan Self-Defense Force Age Gracefully?
September 18, 2019

Can the Japan Self-Defense Force Age Gracefully?

By Yoshimitsu Sato
How the JSDF should adapt to a shrinking population and an aging society in Japan.
US Defense Contractor to Build Upgrade Facility for F-35 Stealth Fighters in Japan
September 17, 2019

US Defense Contractor to Build Upgrade Facility for F-35 Stealth Fighters in Japan

By Franz-Stefan Gady
U.S. defense firm Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract to build a F-35 maintenance repair and upgrade facility in Japan.

Japan’s Air Force: Pilot Error Caused F-35A Crash
August 10, 2019

Japan’s Air Force: Pilot Error Caused F-35A Crash

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Pilot vertigo rather than a mechanical problem was the cause of the crash in April, according to a JASDF investigative report.

Japan’s F-35A Fighter Jets Resume Flight Operations
August 06, 2019

Japan’s F-35A Fighter Jets Resume Flight Operations

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan resumed training missions of its F-35As last Thursday.

Japan’s Marines Storm Beach Alongside Australian, US Troops
August 01, 2019

Japan’s Marines Storm Beach Alongside Australian, US Troops

By Franz-Stefan Gady
This year’s Talisman Sabre exercise in Australia included amphibious assault drills involving Japanese, Australian, and U.S. troops.

Japan Air Self-Defense Force: Pilot Error Likely Cause of F-35A Crash
June 10, 2019

Japan Air Self-Defense Force: Pilot Error Likely Cause of F-35A Crash

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan’s air force says that “spatial disorientation” likely caused the pilot to crash his F-35A into the Pacific Ocean on April 9.
Japan’s Ministry of Defense Confirms Death of Missing F-35A Fighter Jet Pilot
June 07, 2019

Japan’s Ministry of Defense Confirms Death of Missing F-35A Fighter Jet Pilot

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japanese minister of defense officially confirmed the death of a pilot who went missing with his F-35A on April 9.

Japan Stops Search for Crashed F-35A Stealth Fighter Jet
June 04, 2019

Japan Stops Search for Crashed F-35A Stealth Fighter Jet

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japanese government has stopped searching for a F-35A fighter aircraft that crashed into the Pacific Ocean almost two months ago.

US Navy Ends Search for Japan’s Crashed F-35A Stealth Fighter
May 11, 2019

US Navy Ends Search for Japan’s Crashed F-35A Stealth Fighter

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. Navy has officially ended its search for a missing Japanese F-35A Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter that crashed last month.

Japan Recovers Parts of Crashed F-35A‘s Flight Data Recorder
May 08, 2019

Japan Recovers Parts of Crashed F-35A‘s Flight Data Recorder

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Part of the flight data recorder was recovered “on or after May 3,” according to Japan’s defense minister.
Has Japan’s Crashed F-35A Stealth Fighter Been Found?
April 30, 2019

Has Japan’s Crashed F-35A Stealth Fighter Been Found?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
A U.S. general says the wreckage has been found; other U.S. military spokespeople deny that.

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