Medium: Flat-Tops or Not: Japan’s Dilemma

Japanese ships arrive in Pearl Harbor for port visit

Flat-Tops or Not: Japan’s Dilemma“, Medium, June 13, 2013.

Carriers would undoubtedly enhance Japan’s defense capability, but there are domestic and international considerations. Politically, the Japanese people have evolved a strong anti-war stance, and Japan’s neighbors are wary of it acquiring offensive weapons. Still, elements within the MSDF have quietly lobbied for carriers for decades and there appears to be an ongoing effort to prepare the Japanese people for the return of Japanese naval aviation.

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