JS Hyuga. Creative Commons photo, Flickr user SpecMode.

Vice Admiral Yoji Koda, JMSDF (Retired) has an interesting article in the Summer 2011 issue of U.S. Naval War College Review entitled, “A New Carrier Race: Strategy, Force Planning, and JS Hyuga.” The article traces the evolution of the Japanese “helicopter destroyer” concept, from the immediate postwar period up to the present day. Highly recommended reading.

English version (PDF)

- Japanese (via Surveillance To Go Nowhere)

Interestingly, the MSDF originally proposed building a Hyuga-type ship in the 1960s, but shelved the idea after protests from the signing of the 1960 U.S. – Japan Security Treaty caused considerable unrest in Japan.

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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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