In this 2016 file photo, a helicopter prepares to land on the flight deck of the helicopter destroyer Izumo of Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force. Photo: AP

‘Useless and provocative’: Japan will deploy its first post-war aircraft carriers but it’s a deeply controversial move

  • Critics say the ships will be too small to have significant strategic value, but will nevertheless antagonise China
  • The decision to upgrade two Izumo-class helicopter carriers so they can launch fighter jets also risks breaching Japan’s pacifist constitution
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In this 2016 file photo, a helicopter prepares to land on the flight deck of the helicopter destroyer Izumo of Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force. Photo: AP
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