Japan Looks To Build Fighter Jet

  • Oct 2, 2014 8:37am GMT

Japan looks to the future by developing a fighter jet. Since World War II Japan has never developed a fighter on their own.

"Back then, we thought the U.S. was urging us to drop the project simply because Japan didn't have the necessary technology," said Masahiro Yasue, who was director general of the defense ministry's Technical Research and Development Institute at the time. "But later we realized the U.S. was worried about Japan's acquisition of advanced technology for fighter jets," said Yasue, who is now an adviser with Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

According to Asian Review,"Many U.S. officials also subscribed to the idea that the U.S.-Japan security treaty prevented Japan from becoming a major military power, and they wanted to keep it that way."

In the past Japan wanted to buy the U.S. built stealthy F-22 Raptor, but the U.S. feared leaks of sensitive technologies and offered Japan the less powerful F-35 instead.

If Japan is going to develop a fighter the cost has been estimated at more than 1 trillion yen ($9.1 billion).

For more on the story check out Nikkei Asian Review. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Defense