ASDF F-86 Sabre.

The Japan Times published the following article from archives.

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1960

JASDF to take all air-defense duties

The Defense Agency yesterday disclosed that Japan will shortly take over its entire air-defense system from the U.S. Security Forces with the imminent assigning of 25 jet fighters each to the Chitose Air Base in Hokkaido and the Komatsu Air Base in Ishikawa Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast.

The assignment of F-86D day-and-night fighters and F-86F day fighters to the two bases as “scramble” units — emergency interceptor groups — will complete the scramble system over all of Japan. One more unit is already stationed at Nittawara in Miyazaki Prefecture on the northern Pacific coast, said the agency.

Japan will thus be completely on its own in defending its air space, 15 years after the end of the Pacific War. Air-defense radar bases here were transferred to Japan from U.S. forces last July.

The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, inaugurated July 1, 1954, has been training to qualify for the complete takeover of air-defense duties. (Link)

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