New Jap carrier ..

Not really, they've got aircraft and pilots!!
Not on carriers they haven't. However, I suspect that that will change with the Izumo Class over the next decade.

The JSDF are impressively well equipped, exceptionally professional and share many security concerns with us. Flip a map of Japan upside down and there are remarkable similarities to ourselves. Scary neighbours one side with your primary ally a long way away across the water. The only difference is that their scary neighbours are closer and even less predictable.

The Izumo Class 'DDG(H)' look very nice ships and, like the RAN's Canberra LHDs, are technically capable of carrying F-35B. It'll be a very big step. However, I predict that Japan will procure F-35B as a follow on from the F-35As it's already ordered.


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