Here is an interesting little loosely translated snippet from the Sankei on troubles within the selection of the F-X next-generation fighter proposals:

“We are having trouble with the English,” Ministry of Defense staff reported. The Air Staff and the Next-Generation Fighter Planning Office are currently inspecting the proposals submitted by the manufacturers, but they are said to be in dire distress over their comprehension of the English-language proposals.

Unfortunately for the ministry, the request for proposals stated that English-language proposals would be acceptable. Another official lamented, “As the Ministry of Defense is the customer, we should have written that only proposals written in Japanese would be accepted,” but it’s too late. While the assembled elites of the selection committee grapple with the thick proposals, day after day passes by.

Read the full article [Japanese]

Oh my.

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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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