This week saw a lot of debate over the role and development of the SDF in the Tohoku earthquake and elsewhere, alongside the question of Japan’s missing robots (well-explored by Gavan Gray’s guest post). The stats show that Yomiuri’s article announcing the opening of the SDF base in Djibouti drew the most hits, but we want to know what you thought was the most important post you viewed over the last week.

F-35 Unveiled in Washington, 2006 - but where is it now?

F-35 Unveiled in Washington, 2006 - but where is it now? (Source: AP via SMH)

But first, last week’s winner:

F-35 May Be Dropped From F-X Program Short List
By Kyle Mizokami

With delays pushing back the operational timeline of the Lockheed Martin’s F-35 platform, Japan is having to look elsewhere for its next-generation fighter. See Kyle’s most recent post for an update on this issue.

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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.
James Simpson has 254 post(s) on Japan Security Watch