F-15J takes off

F-15J takes off (Source:

At noon on March 2nd, two Chinese Y-8 naval airplanes were detected 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of the Senkaku islands, the closest ever approach by Chinese airplanes to the islands, according to the Ministry of Defense’s Joint Staff Office.

The Air Self-Defense Force scrambled F-15J fighters to intercept the two Chinese planes, an “intelligence airplane and antisubmarine patrol airplane”.

The Shaanxi Y-8 base model is a transport plane adapted from the Antonov An-12, however several variants are available, including surveillance and maritime patrol models such as those that encroached on the islands yesterday.

The Chinese planes turned back, but undoubted the Japanese have been left affected by this most recent attempt, which follows a 5-year high in ASDF intercepts against the rising power, as reported in JSW in December.


Video from a similar intercept in 2003

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A former contributor to World Intelligence (Japan Military Review), James Simpson joined Japan Security Watch in 2011, migrating with his blog Defending Japan. He has a Masters in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University and is currently living in Kawasaki, Japan. His primary interests include the so-called 'normalization' of Japanese security (i.e. militarization), and the political impact of the abduction issue with North Korea.
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