Japan is working on a hypersonic anti-ship missile that may be a threat to Chinese navy activities

South China Morning Post – Japan is developing a hypersonic anti-ship missile, a weapon that can cruise at high altitudes and could pose a threat to Chinese aircraft carriers in the East China Sea.

Japan’s Type 12 SSM Deployed To Keep Watch On Miyako Strait

Naval News – Japan continues to reinforce its Southern Islands. A new Type 12 Surface-to-Ship Missile (12式地対艦誘導弾) unit has recently been deployed at the garrison on Miyakojima island.

JMSDF destroyer, fishing boat collide in East China Sea

Kyodo News – A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer and a Chinese fishing boat collided on the high seas off the coast of Shanghai on Monday.

JMSDF Commissions First-Of-Class AEGIS Destroyer DDG-179 JS Maya まや

Naval News – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned today its first Maya-class AEGIS Destroyer at Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) Isogo shipyard in Yokohama. JS Maya まや (DDG-179) joins the JMSDF’s Escort Flotilla 1, based in Yokosuka.

Japan builds new surveillance warship targeting Chinese, North Korean submarines

South China Morning Post – The Aki is first ship in three decades built to hunt for submarines, as Japan sees a rise in unidentified subs, believed to be from China, within its waters. But Tokyo is also keeping a close eye on North Korea, which has been developing a platform for submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

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JMSDF Commissioned Its 1st Li-Ion Battery Submarine SS-511 JS Ōryū おうりゅう

Naval News – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its 11th Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) in Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture on March 5, 2020. JS Ōryū (SS-511) joins the JMSDF’s Submarine Flotilla 1, based in Kure. It is the first-in-class boat to feature lithium-ion batteries.

Japan To Develop And Deploy Supersonic Glide Weapons That Can Target Ships

Naval News – The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) plans to deploy a Hyper-Velocity Gliding Projectile (HVGP) in fiscal year 2026 as a new weapon to repel enemies that invade Japan’s remote islands, from a safe distance. This HVGP could even target large surface ships such as aircraft carriers.

Iron Fist Teaching Japanese Amphib Force to Synch with U.S. Marines

USNI News – This year’s Iron Fist exercise marked the first time this group of 310 Japanese soldiers – 3rd Company with 2nd Amphibious Rapid Deployment Regiment Landing Team – launched from a ship and landed ashore in a coordinated mission alongside Marines, who earlier had launched their AAVs from the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Portland (LPD-27).

JMSDF P-1 MPA Testing Next Generation Anti-Ship Missile

Naval News – Photos taken on February 10, 2020 show a P-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) flying with four new air-to-ship missiles (ASM) which are currently under development.

JMSDF Destroyer Takanami Deploys To The Middle East To Secure The Safe Navigation Of Civilian Vessels

Naval News – On February 2, 2020, the destroyer Takanami (DD-110) departed from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Yokosuka Naval Base for the Middle East.

Japanese warship heads to Middle East to protect tankers

CBC – A Japanese warship departed Sunday for the Middle East to ensure the safety of the country’s oil tankers in waters where tensions between the U.S. and Iran are high.

Japan Takes First Steps Towards Refurbishment Of JMSDF Destroyer Izumo

Naval News – Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has announced in its FY2020 defense budget that it will invest 3.1 billion yen (approximately US $ 28.3 million) to refurbish the destroyer Izumo which is the largest vessel in Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF).

Maritime Security—The Architecture of Japan’s Maritime-Security System in the East China Sea

US Naval War College Review – The security of Japan’s maritime borders is a top priority for the country’s government. The roles of the Japan Coast Guard and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force are paramount in these security operations as Japan navigates an international landscape in the East China Sea complicated by an emboldened China.

Kawasaki Launched The 12th & Final Sōryū-Class SSK JS Tōryū とうりゅう – 2nd Li-Ion Submarine For JMSDF

Naval News – Japan’s shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) launched the 12th and final Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). JS Tōryū (とうりゅう) SS-512 is the second submarine of the class to feature Li-Ion batteries.

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Japan’s warships in the Middle East cast spotlight on Abe’s military ambitions

South China Morning Post – Japan’s decision to deploy two warships to the Middle East to ostensibly protect its merchant vessels as they traverse the region’s key waterways has once again cast the spotlight on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ambitions to revise the country’s war-renouncing constitution.

Watch Japan’s Giant US-2 Amphibious Flying Boat Land In An Amazingly Short Distance

War Zone – The US-2 may look like one of the flying boats of yesteryear, but it is actually a very modern aircraft with some remarkable features.

Marines Considering Flying U.S. F-35Bs Off of Japan’s Largest Warships

USNI News – Officials in Tokyo have requested Marines deploy F-35B fighters aboard Japan’s largest warships.

Origins of a “Ragged Edge”—U.S. Ambiguity on the Senkakus’ Sovereignty

US Naval War College Review – In 1972, Japan regained administrative control of the Senkaku Islands following years of negotiations with the United States after World War II. However, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China already had made claims to these islands. The United States chose not to weigh in on the Senkakus’ sovereignty, leading to the tensions that have resurfaced today as the PRC asserts its dominance in the East China Sea and beyond.

Japan’s Biggest Warship Offers Clue To Military Ambitions

Associated Press – One of Japan’s largest warships, the helicopter carrier Izumo, offers a glimpse of where its military is headed: For the first time, troops from a newly formed amphibious brigade of Japan’s army participated in an extended naval deployment.

The Combat Information Center In Japan’s New Frigate Is Like A Starship’s Bridge

War Zone – The innovative round design that is wrapped in screens looks like it came right out of Starfleet’s Utopia Planitia shipyard.

Much to China’s ire, Japan’s regional influence is becoming the norm

Defense News – Japan is continuing to enhance its security presence in Asia and the western Pacific, as the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to continue defense posture reforms and counter China’s military activities in the region.

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Expanding as Tokyo Takes New Approach to Maritime Security

USNI News – When President Donald Trump visited Japan this month, he was taken on board JS Kaga, one of a pair of new Izumo-class helicopter carriers built for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) set to be retrofitted to fly the F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. The carriers represent a new approach to maritime security that is shifting to a more forward defense posture.

U.S., Japan, India and Philippines challenge Beijing with naval drills in the South China Sea

Reuters – In fresh show of naval force in the contested South China Sea, a U.S. guided missile destroyer conducted drills with a Japanese aircraft carrier, two Indian naval ships and a Philippine patrol vessel in the waterway claimed by China.

Here’s Everything We Know About The Ongoing Search For Japan’s Crashed F-35

War Zone – The search and rescue effort continues for the F-35 and its pilot with a Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force submarine rescue vessel joining the effort.