Following the news earlier in the week that the F-X program was all but decided in favor of the F-35, defense watchers have been waiting for the official announcement due tomorrow, Friday 16th December. According to the Shingetsu News Agency (@ShingetsuNews), this announcement has been postponed until next week pending other government business. If true, then it seems that we will have more time to practice feigning our surprise at the government’s predictable choice.

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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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