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Japan Launches Second Maya-Class Guided Missile Destroyer
July 17, 2019

Japan Launches Second Maya-Class Guided Missile Destroyer

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan Marine United launched the second of two improved Atago-class guided missile destroyers on July 17.

Japan’s New Guided Missile Destroyer Completes Second Round of Sea Trials
July 02, 2019

Japan’s New Guided Missile Destroyer Completes Second Round of Sea Trials

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The new surface combatant capable of ballistic missile defense is set to be commissioned in March 2020.
Trump Tours Japan’s Izumo-Class Carrier Hailing its Future F-35B Capability
May 28, 2019

Trump Tours Japan’s Izumo-Class Carrier Hailing its Future F-35B Capability

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. president boarded the flattop along with the Japanese prime minister on May 28 wrapping up his Japan trip.

Trump to Inspect Japan’s Izumo-Class Aircraft Carrier in May
May 09, 2019

Trump to Inspect Japan’s Izumo-Class Aircraft Carrier in May

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. president will likely board the Japanese flattop during a state visit to Japan in late May.

Japan-Brunei Military Relations in Focus with Naval Visit  
February 10, 2019

Japan-Brunei Military Relations in Focus with Naval Visit  

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A recent trip spotlighted some of the ongoing defense activities in the maritime aspect of bilateral ties.

Japan Approves Plans to Convert Izumo-Class Into F-35-Carrying Aircraft Carriers
December 19, 2018

Japan Approves Plans to Convert Izumo-Class Into F-35-Carrying Aircraft Carriers

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan’s two largest warships will be converted into aircraft carriers over the next five years.

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’s New Guided Missile Destroyer to Be Fitted With SM-6 Interceptor Missile
September 05, 2018

Japan’s New Guided Missile Destroyer to Be Fitted With SM-6 Interceptor Missile

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan’s upgraded Atago-class guided missile destroyer will reportedly be fitted with the supersonic SM-6 missile interceptor.

Japan Launches New Guided Missile Destroyer Capable of Ballistic Missile Defense
August 01, 2018

Japan Launches New Guided Missile Destroyer Capable of Ballistic Missile Defense

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan Marine United launched the first of two improved guided missile destroyers earlier this week.

Japan Debating Size of Sub Killer Aircraft Fleet
May 07, 2018

Japan Debating Size of Sub Killer Aircraft Fleet

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japanese government is currently deliberating the size of its P-1 maritime patrol aircraft fleet.

An F-35B for Japan's Izumo-class: Obstacles and Challenges
March 23, 2018

An F-35B for Japan's Izumo-class: Obstacles and Challenges

By Robert Farley
What does Japan need to consider before pursuing F-35B fighters for its helicopter destroyers?
What’s Next for Japan-Brunei Relations in 2018?
February 13, 2018

What’s Next for Japan-Brunei Relations in 2018?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A recent visit offered some indications as to what we might expect for ties for the rest of the year and beyond.

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