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Japan’s Leader Vows to Boost Nation’s Role in US Alliance
January 20, 2020

Japan’s Leader Vows to Boost Nation’s Role in US Alliance

By Associated Press
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Sunday to bolster his country's role under its security pact with the U.S. in "outer space and cyberspace."

Japan’s Security Choices in an Uncertain East Asia
January 17, 2020

Japan’s Security Choices in an Uncertain East Asia

By Titli Basu
What kind of Japan will the region have to deal with in the coming decades?
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.

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