An Oct. 14, 2018, photo shows an F-35A fighter aircraft of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force taking part in a military review at Asaka training ground in Asaka, Saitama prefecture, Japan.
Japan is accelerating its military normalization process by building up its offensive capabilities, and especially those of its Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). The Oct. 29 U.S. approval of Japan's request for a major upgrade to its F-15J fighter aircraft that will see 98 of the jets equipped with advanced radar and the ability to fire cruise missiles marks a critical step in Japan's move away from its post-World War II pacifist stance. A stronger, better rounded JASDF will enhance Tokyo's defense options. But in an increasingly complex threat environment including an expanding Chinese military and a declining Japanese aerospace defense industry, Japan will have its work cut out for it when it comes to national defense....
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