Japan to fit-out first aircraft carriers since Second World WarStaff Writer |
Asia Izumo-class warships
Japan will launch its first aircraft carriers since the Second World War as part of a record $242bn defence plan, the nation's government announced.
Since entering service three years ago, the two ships in question had solely been carrying helicopters designed for anti-submarine warfare.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said: "Under the drastically changing security environment around Japan, the government will take all possible measures to protect the lives and assets of Japanese people. The review of the new defence guideline is extremely meaningful to show the Japanese people and the world what is truly necessary in our defence to protect the people."
The move comes after the Japanese army raised concerns about the "rapid modernisation" of China's People's Liberation Army in an August white paper, while also highlighting security concerns arising from China's "unilateral escalation of activities in areas close to Japan." ■
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