The two new Aegis Ashore batteries are expected to become operational by 2025.
Tokyo is reviewing ceasing indigenous production of the F-35A to save costs.
Will 2019 see an increased chance for military confrontation in Asia?
The F-35 has always been seen as just an interim solution by Japanese defense planers as the aircraft cannot fulfill crucial operational requirements of the JASDF.
Japan’s cabinet has voted to buy over 100 extra F-35 stealth fighter jets.
The U.S. and Japan began the biennial Keen Sword exercise at military installations throughout Japan and surrounding waters.