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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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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?
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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