Friday, June 14, 2019
Japan's procurement of F-35 fighter jets from the United States.
Japan is to purchase 105 additional F-35 stealth fighter aircraft from the United States, giving it the world’s second-largest fleet.
- Deployment of F-35s sends China a strong message that Japan will not be coerced by its neighbour’s growing maritime power.
- Buying the aircraft will help Tokyo cultivate Washington at a time of heightened tension over trade.
- There is a risk that Japan’s defence industry might lose some capabilities since it will not produce the planes itself.