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Japan to Convert Izumo-Class Into F-35-Carrying Aircraft Carrier
December 12, 2018

Japan to Convert Izumo-Class Into F-35-Carrying Aircraft Carrier

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force plans to upgrade one of its flattops into a full-fledged aircraft carrier.

Japan Activates Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade
April 09, 2018

Japan Activates Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade

By Ankit Panda
Japan activates its equivalent of a marine unit for the first time since World War II.
Japan to Study Feasibility of New Long-Range Radar Site in Western Pacific
April 04, 2018

Japan to Study Feasibility of New Long-Range Radar Site in Western Pacific

By Ankit Panda
Interest in the radar is spurred by increasing Chinese military activity in the western Pacific Ocean.

The Meaning of Japan's New Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade Launch
March 29, 2018

The Meaning of Japan's New Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade Launch

By John Taishu Pitt
The ARDB represents one of the most significant post-war reforms to the GSDF.

Source: Japan's Largest Warship Was Designed as an Aircraft Carrier
February 27, 2018

Source: Japan's Largest Warship Was Designed as an Aircraft Carrier

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Blueprints reveal that Japan's latest class of helicopter destroyers has been designed to operate the F-35B.

Solving Japan's Joint Operations Problem
January 31, 2018

Solving Japan's Joint Operations Problem

By John Wright
Japan needs its own Goldwater-Nichols, forcing jointness upon the Self Defense Forces.

Japan Plans to Convert the Izumo-class Into a True Aircraft Carrier?
January 07, 2018

Japan Plans to Convert the Izumo-class Into a True Aircraft Carrier?

By Ankit Panda
Recent Japanese Ministry of Defense leaks are suggestive of plans to convert these so-called helicopter destroyers.
Japan Plans First Military Communications Satellite Launch
January 19, 2017

Japan Plans First Military Communications Satellite Launch

By Ankit Panda
Japan anticipates the operationalization of a space-based X-band military communication satellite network.

Why China Should Not Worry About Japan’s New Security Laws
March 31, 2016

Why China Should Not Worry About Japan’s New Security Laws

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Little will change (for now).

Japan's Controversial Security Bills Pass in the Upper House. Now What?
September 19, 2015

Japan's Controversial Security Bills Pass in the Upper House. Now What?

By Rupakjyoti Borah
Japan's Upper House has passed a package of laws allowing the country's military to venture abroad in defense of allies.

US, Japan Agree to New Defense Guidelines
April 28, 2015

US, Japan Agree to New Defense Guidelines

By Ankit Panda
The U.S. and Japan finalized a new set of defense guidelines envisioning a more global role for their alliance.
To Shoot or Not to Shoot?: Japanese Legislators Debate SDF Weapons Use
March 04, 2015

To Shoot or Not to Shoot?: Japanese Legislators Debate SDF Weapons Use

By Ankit Panda
Japanese lawmakers in the ruling coalition are debating the merits of allowing greater weapons use by the Japanese military.

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