Japan is planning to upgrade its Izumo-class destroyers into fully operational aircraft carriers capable of launching fighter jets. Photo: Handout Japan is planning to upgrade its Izumo-class destroyers into fully operational aircraft carriers capable of launching fighter jets. Photo: Handout
Japan is planning to upgrade its Izumo-class destroyers into fully operational aircraft carriers capable of launching fighter jets. Photo: Handout

China may use Japan’s aircraft carrier plan to push through more military spending, observers say

  • Tokyo says it wants to upgrade its Izumo-class destroyers so they can carry and launch fighter jets
  • Move would be a first since nation adopted its pacifist constitution and could make regional neighbours anxious, experts say

Topic |   China’s military
Japan is planning to upgrade its Izumo-class destroyers into fully operational aircraft carriers capable of launching fighter jets. Photo: Handout Japan is planning to upgrade its Izumo-class destroyers into fully operational aircraft carriers capable of launching fighter jets. Photo: Handout
Japan is planning to upgrade its Izumo-class destroyers into fully operational aircraft carriers capable of launching fighter jets. Photo: Handout
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