Members of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force helicopter carrier JS Izumo rehearse a memorial ceremony for those who died during World War II. Photo: AP
Members of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force helicopter carrier JS Izumo rehearse a memorial ceremony for those who died during World War II. Photo: AP
Neil Newman
Opinion

Opinion

Abacus by Neil Newman

Pacifist Japan is quietly arming itself to the teeth, with China in its sights

  • Post-war Japan has amassed a considerable pile of armaments while flying under the radar. It already has more aircraft carriers than China – it just dumbs them down as ‘helicopter carriers’
  • With all eyes on Taiwan, Tokyo’s rising military spending may be contributing to the escalating arms race in the region in more ways than one

Members of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force helicopter carrier JS Izumo rehearse a memorial ceremony for those who died during World War II. Photo: AP
Members of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force helicopter carrier JS Izumo rehearse a memorial ceremony for those who died during World War II. Photo: AP
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