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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.
Study: Japan’s Largest Warship Can Support F-35B
May 02, 2018

Study: Japan’s Largest Warship Can Support F-35B

By Franz-Stefan Gady
A study commissioned by Japan’s Ministry of Defense concludes that its latest class of helicopter destroyers can be turned into full-fledged aircraft carriers.

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?

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.

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.
Trump May Tour Japan’s Largest Warship During Asia Trip Next Month
October 24, 2017

Trump May Tour Japan’s Largest Warship During Asia Trip Next Month

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japanese government sources indicate that the U.S. president has been invited to inspect Japan’s helicopter carrier.

India-Japan-US Malabar 2017 Naval Exercises Kick Off With Anti-Submarine Warfare in Focus
July 10, 2017

India-Japan-US Malabar 2017 Naval Exercises Kick Off With Anti-Submarine Warfare in Focus

By Ankit Panda
This exercise is the first to involve a carrier from each of the navies.
South China Sea: Japan's Izumo Helicopter Carrier Conducts Drill With US Navy Carrier
June 19, 2017

South China Sea: Japan's Izumo Helicopter Carrier Conducts Drill With US Navy Carrier

By Ankit Panda
The Izumo additionally escorted U.S. Navy vessels in the South China Sea.

Vietnam: Japan’s Largest Aircraft Carrier Participates in Major Naval Exercise
May 24, 2017

Vietnam: Japan’s Largest Aircraft Carrier Participates in Major Naval Exercise

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan’s largest warship is currently taking part in a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief drill in Vietnam.

South China Sea: Japan’s Largest Warship Concludes Drill With US Navy Littoral Combat Ship
May 20, 2017

South China Sea: Japan’s Largest Warship Concludes Drill With US Navy Littoral Combat Ship

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and U.S. Navy completed a passing exercise in the South China Sea this week.

From China's New Aircraft Carrier to Malabar 2017: Naval Update in the Asia-Pacific
May 18, 2017

From China's New Aircraft Carrier to Malabar 2017: Naval Update in the Asia-Pacific

By Ankit Panda and Prashanth Parameswaran
The Diplomat's editors discuss recent naval procurement decisions and exercises across the Asia-Pacific region.
Is Japan Truly a Powerful Country?
May 13, 2017

Is Japan Truly a Powerful Country?

By Satoru Nagao
Japan's true power can only emerge if other countries, including the United States, require it.

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