F-15J interceptors. Creative Commons photo.

The ASDF scrambled to intercept foreign aircraft 299 times in 2009.  Mostly Russians, but also Chinese, Taiwanese, South Korean, American, and Indian.

Interestingly, the ASDF’s interceptors scrambled against North Korean planes for the first time in ten years.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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