Japan Has a Helicopter Destroyer -- and It's Making China Nervous

Asia's in an uproar over China's declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ -- one that encompasses 1 million square miles of the East China Sea. Japan, Korea, and even the U.S. have all sent planes to overfly the new ADIZ. In Japan, they're talking about beefing up their air force, establishing a new marine corps -- maybe even building their first aircraft carrier since WWII.

China's said to be incensed by Japan's move, and considering the countries' history together, you can imagine why...


Imperial Japanese Navy cruiser Izumo, at port in occupied Shanghai, 1937. Source: Wikimedia Commons

But in fact, Japan may already have an aircraft carrier. In fact... they may already have two.

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181). Source: Wikimedia Commons

Over the past four years, Japan has commissioned two new ships that, by some definitions, fit the definition of "aircraft carrier." The JS Hyuga and JS Ise weigh in at 14,000 tons displacement each, and are twice as big as the Haruna-class ships they replaced. Japan calls the new vessels "helicopter destroyers," referring to their destroyer-scale size (about the same size as America's Zumwalt-class destroyer), and the fact that the flat-topped vessels carry an aerial force of helicopters.

But are they really "aircraft carriers?" For perspective, here's roughly how a Hyuga-class vessel looks relative to a "real" aircraft carrier such as the USS George Washington (CVN 73):


JS Hyuga steaming in formation with USS George Washington. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Small, right? But with each new iteration, Japan's helicopter destroyers are getting bigger. In August, Japan floated the new JS Izumo, the first of a planned two-ship production run that will add significant punching power to the Japanese fleet. Thirty-four percent larger than Hyuga, the Izumo and her sister ship (as yet unnamed) are due to be commissioned in March 2015 and March 2017, respectively. When they sail, they'll probably be carrying as many as 14 of United Technology's (NYSE: UTX  ) Sikorsky Seahawk helicopters on board.

What has China worried, though, is their potential to carry Boeing (NYSE: BA  ) Textron (NYSE: TXT  ) V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. That would transform the vessels into aircraft carriers by definition. Were Japan to modify the vessels -- for example, by adding additional heat-shielding to their flight decks -- the Izumos could conceivably be outfitted to launch and land Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT  ) short-take-off/vertical-landing version of the F-35 stealth fighter jet, the F-35B.

Seeing the future
Whether this is actually Japan's plan for the Izumo-class ships remains unknown. But there does appear to be a trend toward the country increasing the size of its "helicopter destroyers" with each successive generation it builds. This suggests that even if Izumo isn't ultimately outfitted with F-35s, the next carrier Japan builds could be so big, that it only makes sense to put fighter jets on board.

Personally, I think that day is still a ways off -- if for no other reason, then because to date, Japan has only placed orders with Lockheed Martin to supply its Air Self-Defence Force with conventional "A"-variant F-35 fighter jets. The big clue that a "real" aircraft carrier is in the works, of course, will be when Japan places an order for F-35Bs. (To ensure you hear about that development when it happens, stay tuned to our continuing coverage of foreign military sales contracts.)


F-35B on deck. Source: Lockheed Martin

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  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 5:40 PM, GramReeper1 wrote:

    GO JAPAN!

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 5:51 PM, RichardMohr1 wrote:

    The caption of the Japanese destroyer in Shanghai is incomplete. In the background is the area called the Bund, the shoreline of the International Settlement. The international Settlement was controlled by foreigners, not by China. When Japan launched their all-out war against China in 1937, the foreigners feared that Japanese troops might enter the Settlement, but that didn't happen. National Geographic had an article about preparations that the foreign powers (including the U.S.) made there.

    Folks should also know that several foreign countries (including the U.S.) had treaty rights to have naval vessels on Chinese rivers, including the Yangtze River, just a few miles from Shanghai. We had a ship stationed at Shanghai when Japan attacked the U.S. Japanese troops boarded it, completely surprising the American crew. The German and Italian vessels had left the area the night before. A British ship surrendered only after the Japanese cruiser opened fire on it.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 6:12 PM, XvGreymanvX wrote:

    Japan has the right to expand and defend themselves just as much as Germany does. China has been belligerent and flaunting it's military in the face of weaker nations, and its a right of the weaker nations to take steps to stand up for themselves.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 6:14 PM, devildoc68 wrote:

    Anyone who stands up to China (Obummer sure don't) I say good for them. If Americans for just one week quit buying their garbage products they would be on their knees. Their arrogance is almost as bad as our own government's arrogance.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 6:15 PM, tommy1954 wrote:

    nice little helioplatform,those Japanese very understandable about these problems and react very quickly,althou I don't see any use of those islands for now doesn't mean china wouldnt like to have them just for the bullying of island country,when you have no place to run,you find out just much guts and tuff you can be.like I said before china has been asleep even thou ww2 for the last 900 yrs and just finding out they've been let behind and trying to catch up for the last 10-12 yrs.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 6:16 PM, IronJaw5 wrote:

    The Japanese invaded China in the 30's, without great difficulty.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 6:25 PM, 66nexus wrote:

    devildoc,

    wrote that 'Obummer' doesn't stand up to China.

    But, how can that make sense when the US has not only increased its presence in Asia due to the 'pivot', but also flying B-52's after China's newly declared ADIZ??

    I'm not even an Obama fan, but some folks let personal views cloud sound reasoning/logic.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 6:39 PM, GaryR40 wrote:

    devildoc, your Republican Party doesn't stand up to China either. In fact, I bet the Republicans wouldn't dare to say anything against China lest they face the wrath of their corporate masters who want to continue using the cheap Chinese labor to produce those "garbage products" you complained about.

    Hypocrisy is a Republican characteristic.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 6:39 PM, SANH4664 wrote:

    For Me, I Am Chinese, But I Come From Vietnam, But I hate China men, USA, Please Wait Up, We Must Make Everything In USA, Dont Let The Chinese Copy From Us. My Brother Died For This Country, I Must Stay On USA's Side

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 6:44 PM, chiengolee wrote:

    China is a little kid with candy on its hand, Someone needs punishing it time to time so its can stay in balance.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 6:45 PM, mikeflores2000 wrote:

    Former girlfriend who won top Engineering awards from Beijing government predicted 15 years ago

    a war someday with China. I didn't believe her but now I'm not so sure. We cannot allow China to expand just as we did not allow Imperial Japan during WW 2. Time to invest in HRS and Boeing.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 6:57 PM, CommonSenseNow wrote:

    China has grabbed about a third of India's State of Kashmir.

    This gives them direct access to Pakistan and the Arabian Sea ports.

    They are now building a highway to the Arabian Sea ports in conjunction with Pakistan, so that in future American shipping can be attacked with land based cruise missiles.

    The persecution of Tibetans and the illegal occupation of Tibet with mass genocide also continues - all the while we in the U.S give them Most Favored Nation Status!

    Go figure that one out?

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 6:58 PM, Tyeward wrote:

    I think that China is fully aware of the fact that in an outright open conflict with Japan, both have the potential to go toe to toe with one another and deal some heavy blows. Japan is by no means a military pushover, and they are more than strong enough and more than powerful enough to be able to hand China back it´s tail quite a few times if it ever gets down to blows between the two. The best deterrent between the two is that China is fully aware of the fact that Japan can hit below the belt and do it hard enough for effect and pause for thought if need be. I hope that it never comes to this, but if it does, you can best believe that Japan is fully capable of handling it´s business and do it in a way where you wouldn´t want to mess with them ever again. China can go on ahead and test that theory all they want. They won´t like what will bite back.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 7:07 PM, norbertmurray wrote:

    War's are won and fought for some its expansion or religion (Dumm) This China Sea has to be the most cracy thing on earth, there is not way that China can control or manage so many square miles which is illegal as far as I am concerned, but the past is the past, the people that live now have nothing to do with the past, we won the war in Europe and against Japan, now we are allies and tend to stay that way. Move your thoughts away from the past, I am a Vietnam Veteran but my wife is Taiwanese not Chinese but Aborigeny they are the ones that own the island. Up yours China.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 7:25 PM, ckgod wrote:

    Japan has an aircraft carrier? Do you know the first ship based air raid ever was carried out by Japan against a German battleship in WWI? Yes that's WWI a century ago. China's only refurbished aircraft "carrier" is not able to launch fighter planes in a battle and probably will not be able to for a long while. Just putting a flat top in the sea is not enough to fool the war hardened Japanese and US navies.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 7:33 PM, Skodanske wrote:

    I don't even understand the big power nations game anymore within the realm of reason or common sense. Our planet has been turned into a garbage bin by some very unthoughtful people in the all the wrong places, depleting all regional resources and when that's done the modus operandum is to just overwhelm your smaller neighbours with might, just in case they should posses something useful to keep downward spiral going. At least, if above article is to be believed, the japanese nation have no intention of letting the chinese muscle in on the region, and among the two, I have much faith in the japanese over the chinese in terms of integrity and the long term; it seems just that they can intimidate China, a nation which imo comes off like a runaway train with too much misguided power. And if push comes to shove, Japan will come out on top, but it'll be hell in that corner of planet Earth and we will all suffer. And that's the game, Earth has become a very small playground and these power games help nothing and will achieve even less but offer mayhem nobody needs or even wants anymore, except for a few companies and some power mongering apes which belong in a zoo.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 7:50 PM, cybrzone wrote:

    That was a Russian ship not a German one. and Japan did a sneak attack against Russia...Japan had terrorized the entire orient without reservation...War with the US was inevitable after the US stopped scrap steel shipments to Japan...Both countries depend on Australia for resources...Both should make peace and stop the kindergarten playground stuff that kills...

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 8:01 PM, sirnick88 wrote:

    China is going to get revenge for WW2 and I applaud them for it. They now have nuclear weapons and are severely underestimated militarily. Speaking of illegal occupation in Tibet, how's all that Native American land doing ya guys?

    Seems the US is way overestimated considering it has been 10 + years fighting sand farmers armed with inferior weapons and numerically small in numbers.

    People will make excuses to cover up for their weakness and I expect that from many. There's no excuse for for any of it.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 8:02 PM, lshming wrote:

    Just remember "The Pearl Harbour" .....

    Who did that to us?

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 8:19 PM, Aquaman2012 wrote:

    Americans don't study history or has no respect for historic facts. Who started the WWII? Who bombed Pearl Harbor? Who invaded countries and killing millions of innocent people? After the war who signed the Cairo treaty and what did it spell out? Japan the invading country suppose to return every single inch of land to its rightful owner. American is also to be blame. After the war America set up this administrative rule over Japan and the islands Japan controlled till the sixties. At the time when the American return the control back to Japan it just blindly turn over everything it ruled disregard the historic facts of the rightful ownership. It ignored the Cairo treaty signed, it ignored objections from Taiwan (at that time Taiwan was still recognized as China owning the seat in UN). That tiny Daiyu island is much closed to Taiwan than to Japan. The tiny island was part of the package along with Taiwan islands given to Japan during the Imperial Japan's aggression against then China (Ch'in dynasty). After the war most Taiwan islands were returned to China but not that island. Even today American did not say Japan own the island, it only saying Japan has the administrative right over that island (from whom? American). May be this is the long term strategy of the American; when the Japanese and Chinese fight over the island, American can profit from sell more arms.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 8:46 PM, meme wrote:

    Japan will now have their 2nd chance to continue grabbing Chinese territory - this time without interference, but with backing from the US.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 9:02 PM, Devil78 wrote:

    What I find funny is that China has a MASSIVE military, with the second biggest budget in the world, nuclear weapons, and a TRUE aircraft carrier.

    And they get really twitchy about Japan having tiny flat-tops that can really only launch helicopters? Or potentially the Osprey?

    The Chinese are the biggest bunch of hypocrites EVER!

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 9:21 PM, wgc2299 wrote:

    Take care USA,one day,Japan will revenge for The world war2,and attach America.

    Most of Japanese thought that it's USA beat them,not China.

    Then Japan want to recover honor and must attack and beat USA troop.

    It's only time problem.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 10:38 PM, HarMegiddo wrote:

    wgc2299 is a commie troll.

    That being said, it's a damn helo carrier, and a tiny one at that. It's not like they are starting to field Nimitz sized ships now. Although Japan should be allowed to build their own Supercarriers. That will keep the Chinese busy. Japan and NK need nukes as well.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 10:51 PM, Zeny wrote:

    In the only 100% reliable book ever written, it's author, the universal Sovereign clearly states that during the reign of the 5th world power (which happens to be the Anglo/American world power) his appointed king will crush and put an end to all the governments of the world heralding in a new righteous universal government which will last forever and it will restore the earth to it's original purpose and effect true peace and justice to all surviving mankind. Survival is 100% dependent on knowing and exercising faith in the Sovereign of the universe and the provision He's provided for all obedient mankind no matter which people, tongue, tribe or nation a human being comes from. That being the case, the mightiest world power this planet has witnessed to date, the Anglo/American world power will be the last. Sorry China.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 10:52 PM, MPA2000 wrote:

    Uhm Japan raped all of Asia in WWII including China and bombed the US.

    Yup let's let Japan do what they want.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 11:11 PM, wgc2299 wrote:

    HarMegiddo

    No,I don't stand any side,

    I am peaceful,I hope the folks of USA,China,Japan are peaceful in the Earth.

    War is not game,are full of kills,blood,cry,all evil things.

    The life of everybody are so short,less than 100years,most of us are much less,we should enjoy our short life,no any value to waste on war.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 11:29 PM, USSWar wrote:

    Looks like most comments here are looking forward to a war between Japan and China. What better than to let to goad the world's second largest economy and the world's third largest economy to go to war so that the good ol' USA will still remain No. 1

    We'll make sure no Asian nation will be no. 1

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 11:35 PM, Argininesy wrote:

    That's no giant robot.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 11:40 PM, homerunNC wrote:

    WWII we all fight against bad digtator such as japan and german , (not the people of japan and german) . Now China is copping that dark paper for future used . I am standing with USA . strongly 100%. I am a vietnamese/ American

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 11:53 PM, Helpall wrote:

    You might want to watch what Iran and Russia are up to. This could be a Diversion brought on by China. May God watch our backs.

  • Report this Comment On December 23, 2013, at 11:59 PM, jacmac wrote:

    shokaku zuikaku akagi kaga hiryu soryu junyo hiyo zuiho shoho ryuho chitose chiyoda taiyo shinano amagi unryu katsuragi hosho ibuki ryujo

    ARE COMING BACK AROUND AGAIN !

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 12:09 AM, mrScott187 wrote:

    Japan has been at peace since WW II and even swore off having a military then rightfully so created a self defense force which remains to this day. Japan has every right to defend itself and it's territories. May peace last and a peaceful resolution come about. What Japan creates and is in their possession should be a warning to any aggressors. They will be peaceful as long as others are peaceful.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 12:17 AM, mrScott187 wrote:

    MPA2000 wrote "Uhm Japan raped all of Asia in WWII including China and bombed the US. Yup let's let Japan do what they want."

    Times are different today and the people of Japan had shed it's military dictatorships vowing to never be put in that position again. Their constitution limits the military to be only a self defense force. Other countries have continuously watched Japan and never has any country raised the slightest concern (including most of Asia, Europe and the US)

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 12:18 AM, kking168 wrote:
  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 12:25 AM, kking168 wrote:

    mrScott187 wrote "Times are different today and the people of Japan had shed it's military dictatorships vowing to never be put in that position again. Their constitution limits the military to be only a self defense force. Other countries have continuously watched Japan and never has any country raised the slightest concern (including most of Asia, Europe and the US)"

    Did you read the article?

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 12:41 AM, jktarus wrote:

    I wonder why the US is busy inciting Japan to fight with China and even goes ahead to antagonise Chinese by illegally flying on it's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). The US is now becoming the biggest threat to world peace in this century

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 12:47 AM, rbreau1 wrote:

    We spend much more money defending ourselves against countries that have never attacked us so why complain about China being worried about a country that has invaded them and occupied part of the country?

    I agree that we should stand with the Philippines, Japan and other nations against China grabbing territory outside the international standard boundaries.

    Do not be surprised if someday there is a serious conflict over Taiwan...

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 1:42 AM, Gyre07 wrote:

    Based on history for the last millennia the Japanese are the most aggressive nation in the Pacific rim. Plus they're inordinately greedy regarding other people's resources. If I were China I'd be plowing money into something other than ground forces and a derelict Soviet aircraft carrier.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 2:12 AM, smartfone wrote:

    I buy Made in Japan, not China

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 3:50 AM, speculawyer wrote:

    Yeah, like Japan is going to take over China (who now builds many of their products) using a helicopter destroyer. Yeah, no.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 4:03 AM, Richmond wrote:

    And China has an ASBM that will destroy it.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 5:17 AM, gudlaff wrote:

    Those who think when they buy "Made in Japan" are really buying Made in Japam are indeed extremely ignorant, especially in today's context.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 7:50 AM, californian85 wrote:

    LOL, now the BULLY is getting nervous!!!

    People should realize that Japan now is more civilized, not a threat to world peace, CHINA is GERMAN of WW II now, not Italy, not Germany, not Japan anymore CHINA is the bully, is the one HAS BEEN INVADING the other countries and UNREASONABLE CLAIMED all bull shiiiiiiiiiiii air zone, islands left and right

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 8:42 AM, Cricket1 wrote:

    Bullies, no matter if an individual, or a country, will pay for their actions in the end. Japan was a bully pre-WW11, and during. They paid for it. Now, it is China's turn to incur the wrath of the world. They, like Obama, had their actions planned way in advance. They have been overt in their plans, and, carry them out knowing that world is afraid of them. China and the Arabs are buying up the world, and, we are allowing them to do it. Imagine how much more devastation America would experience, other than what we are suffering because of Obama, if China were to call in all our loans. The U.S. has been naïve and stupid since Reagan was in the oval office. We need a strong, HONEST president who will not hand us, and our country, over to China and other despotic governments.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 9:09 AM, Grandpastu wrote:

    I'm still looking for the part about the helicopter destroyer. I read about a helicopter carrying ship but there is still something lacking!

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 9:23 AM, guitarz17 wrote:

    I think China might want to get some nasal spray so they can begin to smell what they have stepped in. I think the only ones getting really excited about all of this is the Cousteau Society.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 9:33 AM, Redvwpolo wrote:

    Go Mighty Japan. The Japanese are great people and as a US kid growing up in Japan and now married to one, I have experienced first hand just how the Japanese are....peace loving, non aggressive and are very polite. They are good people only trying to protect their turf. Go Japan and we stand right beside you.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 10:07 AM, JPIIIOHIO wrote:

    The Chinese have been fighting a proxy was against the United States since the Korean war politically, economically and militarily through the UN, North Vietnam, North Korea, Iran, Venezuala, and even the Taliban and other terrorists organizations.

    Our current political leadership is weak and pathetic. If they ever took the time to study the Chinese they would understand they bleed us a little each day while we show no backbone or understanding of what they seek, total global domination.

    Our own news organizations are fooled and in some cases patronized to give this happy friendship feel from a nation that is the true evil behind the pawns they use to destroy America. Quit buying Chinese products...period. Just look at the build-up in military and space technology in China as the most glaring proof. Wake up America!

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 10:38 AM, Eagle54 wrote:

    If you are worried over this act you shouldn't be. You see, The bigger they are the easier they are to Target and hit. We are still a damned Strong source to be reckoned with. I believe that if the big war brakes out where ever, that all GOOD MEN will go to the aid of his country. Now Unlike Mr. Roberson I never said anything about Queers or steers. Anyway we are strong and we have good people in this country will fight in the need be. It's just a BIG show of force.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 10:41 AM, pwm02176 wrote:

    One of the things I so enjoy about open site commentary is the collection of absolute delusional and fringe thinking. Quite a bit of it is peppered in on this article....very amusing.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 10:44 AM, sunhj01 wrote:

    With all the rabid anti-China rants here, it's obvious that its Japan and the U.S. which is worried about China. The U.S. likes to stoke conflict in other parts of the world so it can sell weapons to boost its economy. But the problem for the U.S. is that everyone knows which country holds Japan's leash. Countries like Japan will always have a leash. China's weapons now has global reach, and it can also be sold to America's adversaries. Why do you think the U.S. wastes so much energy trying to guess how many nuclear weapons China is hiding in its tunnels. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 11:33 AM, loumerino wrote:

    The continuous encroaching of China on the international territorial waters created tensions amongst smaller nations around them.

    China because of their huge economy and population augmented with nuclear armaments has been a superpower and feels now they can dictate the conditions of the region.

    - Dictate/Communism = Bully

    - Who to blame, USA + Former USSR + UK

    - Iran, N. Korea, India, Israel will be on the mix

    Conclusion, back to nuclear proliferation!

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 11:48 AM, pitcrawler wrote:

    CHINA is bullying his small neighbors like Vietnam, Philippines and slowly taking their islands by simple reason THAT THOSE ISLANDS BELONGS TO THEM HISTORICALLY FROM THOUSANDS YEARS AGO....which is thousands miles away from China's shore. The UN charter ALLOWS A CERTAIN COUNTRY TO CLAIM IF IT IS WITHIN 200 MILES from their shore line.Philippines files a complaint against this at U.N and requested for UN arbitration to solve this problem..BUT the ARROGANT CHINA REFUSED TO ANSWER the case at U.N.because they knows that the Philippines has the LEGAL RIGHTS TO THIS ISLANDS.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 12:01 PM, Mmat wrote:

    Japan, militarily, is no match to the giants of Asia, China, and so does Russia, as its real military power is on par with the world's Zionist warmonger, murderer and butcher of the most arrogant, boastful and bully empire of the U.S.A.( United Satans of America ).

    The U.S. is on its way to the brinks of bankruptcy, collapse and death with which will no longer be the world's leading superpower. Therefore, its only time the most mattered. China is well said to take the lead; economically, politically and militarily in the near future. Currently, the U.S.'s debt to China alone worth around USD 1.7 trillion or USD1700 billions in the forms of bills, bonds and assets respectively.

    According to a reliable source, quite a great number of international analysts have considered China as, from ' The Great Wall of China ' to ' The great Wallet of China. ' The whole nation of Japan should wake up from being used as a tool or being made scapegoat for the benefit and interest of the U.S. due to the U.S.'s greed( perhaps, the world's most greedy one that has ever existed and lived on earth.)

    Japan should be well reminded and bear it over the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the 2nd World war back in 1945. To the people of Japan, don't make fool of yourselves for history has proven it. Take my word.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 12:28 PM, nomansland wrote:

    Everyone's got an opinion . Why don't we mind our own business and stay out of other's. What a bunch of idiots hiding behind the web posting comments. Let them settle it by themselves. This is what's wrong with the world today. We get into other's conflicts and get our own brothers and sisters killed for no other reasons but corporate greed. Think about it and mind our own business. We are way over our head with things happening in our own country. I think we should just let them start this war and settle who is better.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 1:18 PM, josff wrote:

    china is simply unstoppable and uncontainable now. H-destroyer is no threat.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 1:43 PM, Benpatriot wrote:

    @nomansland, you have to understand the nature of these people, I am assuming they are mostly white americans. They come from warrior/predator breeds. They were pre-selected (may be unintentional) from Europe. They conquered the Americas, and conquered and attacked many other countries ever since. Just like bulldogs or pit bulls, that's what they were bred to do. They thrive in the process. Once in a while, there would be an exceptions like us, the non-violent, peace loving ones. Many times we encounters another aggressive breeds like the middle easterners, the Japanese or the Chinese, there where we may encounter conflicts that go to wars. Sometimes our rationals were so whacky, but we stand by them, anyway. So, these people are following of their DNA's instructions, nothing more nothing less.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 1:57 PM, sugbu wrote:

    Start rebuilding the Kaga, Akagi, Soryu, Hiryu, carriers. and Battleships Yamato , Kirishima with modern technology

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 3:31 PM, alfred49 wrote:

    Japan seems to have a bias toward "building bigger". The Imperial Navy's super-battleships "Yamato" and "Musashi" were the largest of their kind in the world, mounting 18-inch main batteries. Although Japan went on to prove the folly of depending on battleships at Pearl Harbor, the Japanese were pioneers in carrier warfare. Expect larger, better-equipped carriers in the future. China should learn from history-they didn't do that well the last time they took on the Japanese. Chinese arrogance in Asia may well bear bitter fruit.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 3:41 PM, alfred49 wrote:

    Another point is Japanese innovation and their willingness to take risks. Pearl Harbor of course comes to mind, but the carrier idea in Japan led to submarines capable of launching float-equipped aircraft. Fortunately, this idea came too late to make a difference in the war, but the plan was to use the "carrier subs" to attack the Panama Canal. In addition, Japan was working on jet aircraft toward the end of WWII, but like the German jets these innovations were "too little, too late". However, these military innovations are an example of the kind of forward-thinking notions that enabled Japan to rise from the ruins of the war and become a global economic player. Japan's leaders always had long-range plans that put them ahead of other nations, even when those plans were supported by the kind of aggressive militarism of Japan's past.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 5:09 PM, liulu wrote:

    "Asia's in an uproar over China's declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone"? No! There are 48 countries in Asia and Japan is the only country that is in an uproar. S. Korea is just acting to please the US. She will not stay in an ally including Japan if it is not because of the US. Phillipins? Vietnam? Maybe, but it is still just 2 countries (2/3 of Philippine and 1/3 of Vietnam). An ADIZ "that encompasses 1 million square miles of the East China Sea"? Sounds big but Japan has an ADIZ 3 or 4 times bigger than that while its territory is only 1/10 of China's. Covering the disputed islands? Japan's covers them too. A new excursion from China? No, the dispute was there even before PRC was founded. ROC at Taiwan also claims the sovereignty over the islands....American media is throwing itself 100% behind Japan and purposely misleading American public which I am not sure is wise. While you win millions of hearts you lose billions at the same time. What to gain? The island dispute is started by Japan for its hidden agenda to come out as a "normal country". What does that mean? Is Japan not a "normal country"? What would it do after it becomes a "normal country"? Are you sure about the answer coming to your head?

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 5:21 PM, jcdawg11112 wrote:

    I'm not sure why China is so worried about this. Japan can't even beat Godzilla with their military.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 5:51 PM, larrygreenwalt wrote:

    After WWII the US had Japan renounce all military expect for self defense. China and North Korea do not understand that only the US umbrella has kept Japan in check since that time. If we leave or if they attack all bets are off and Japan under the "self defense" clause can rearm bigger and better then ever. I think one more missile sent over Japans' airspace by NK and that may do it.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 6:42 PM, scoutman wrote:

    china had its butt handed to them by the north vietnamese after we left.we killed over 1million enemy during that conflict but still walked after the political fallout by the american people.if bein a hypocrite is typical of a republican bein a coward is typical of DEMOCRAT.

    china does not have a battle hardened military and is not ready for conflict no matter how its gov't postures itself.they ARE NOT doing well as many of us are lead to believe and many many people are well below the poverty level here(china)they have a very poor health care system and you will rot if you do not have money for treatment.i do not want to leave my chinese wife here alone because i fear for her future if i cannot assist her.she has worked hard all her life raising her son and providing him with a good future.she deserves better and this country cannot give it to her

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 6:56 PM, KingMakerKan wrote:

    USA should try harder to create a new war like you always did. History always repeats itself who we are as a nation. Sell an make more weapons. Fund the manufacturers. So keep pushing Japan, Vietnam, Korea to hate China. After reading thru all these garbage . We shall see who will blink. Remember RUSSIA and CHINA. Keep trying superpowers.

    Thank you,

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 6:57 PM, pam53218 wrote:

    i'am glad that japan is building a navy again they need to b/c china is been grabbing islands from everyone over there china is being put on notice stop the bullying japan and other nations over there or get a bloody nose china has been pushing their weight around now what are they going to do when japan builds a navy like the usa

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 7:34 PM, Moester75 wrote:

    Japan promised General Douglas MacArthur that The Empire would never again try to develop weapons of war again. The United Nations and US will protect Japan from outside hostility if need be.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 7:59 PM, NavyFan1182 wrote:

    If you studied history extensively, ]you would know that the treaty signed by Japan at the end of WW2 forbid them from ever building another aircraft carrier.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 8:37 PM, Seymore4901 wrote:

    Excuse me but does anyone remember anything about a place called ...... Pearl Harbor?

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 8:47 PM, vkmo wrote:

    It is after all the world's worst neighbor communist red china- which is ruled by successors of Mao-Dze-Tung. china is terrorizing all its neighbors of South China Sea and land as well and occupied Tibet. Back off Xi, you are no different than your predecessor Mao-Dze-Tung!!

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 9:18 PM, ilongs wrote:

    Just wonder how many really understand Asian history and how many have been in China..

    I love Japan, but the Japan's ignorant of her bully in WWII is not acceptable.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2013, at 10:58 PM, scramkc58 wrote:

    WOW! THIS HAS TO BE THE LONGEST ARTICLE I HAVE EVER READ ON THE NET. STRONG AND EDUCATING... YOU RE-AWAKENED MEMORIES OF THE PAST THAT I LEARNED GROWING UP IN THE U.S., GROWING UP AS A CHILD IN THE SIXTIES, IF YOU PAID ATTENTION TO THE NEWS YOU WERE ABLE TO ATTAIN CERTAIN INFORMATION, AND IF YOU WERE REALLY PAYING ATTENTION, YOU LEARNED SOME OF WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE WORLD. THIS READING IS FOR THE AGES, PROVOCATIVE, EDUCATING AND HEAD-SCRATCHING, Hmmm! THIS WAS GOOD READING TO ME... hmm, I WONDER WHAT I AM GOING TO READ NEXT?...

  • Report this Comment On December 25, 2013, at 2:52 AM, asyut wrote:

    Japan is Obama's dog

  • Report this Comment On December 25, 2013, at 5:34 AM, gnu wrote:

    THE RUNWAYS ON THE SHIPS PICTURED ABOVE ARE THE SAME LENGTH. ONE CAN CARY MORE AIRCRAFT. CHINA HAS A CHIP ON IT'S SHOULDER. OPIUM WARS, TREATY PORTS AND MANCHUKUO. I GET IT. THEY BECOME AN ECONOMIC POWER HOUSE, CONQUERED THE MOON AND NOW WANT ANY THING IN A SEA THAT'S NAMED CHINA.

  • Report this Comment On December 25, 2013, at 5:39 AM, MsRouge wrote:

    The pro-China clown sirnick88 is applauding China for getting it's revenge for WW2...

    What revenge? They don't even dare to show their noses with fighter jets every time when US, Japanese and Korean planes fly through that ADIZ :)

    His doubt about US military strength is more than hilarious...

    For me he's the Fool of the week !

  • Report this Comment On December 25, 2013, at 5:57 AM, duudaa wrote:

    Just a small distraction from the failures of Obamacare.

  • Report this Comment On December 25, 2013, at 6:58 AM, MsRouge wrote:

    Another pro-China clown on this forum, Mmat, is a simple example of "he has heard something about it, but he does not know the rights of it "...

    That he has no clue of military strengths or weaknesses is one thing but his comment on US debt is hilarious. But that's what this Fools site is all about isn't it? LOL

    In december 2013 the debt held by the public was about 12.3 trillion dollars. [ plus intergovernmental stuff 17.2 trillion]

    In october 2013 US debt held by the People Republic of China was 1.3 trillion and Japan 1.2 trillion. China may add another 136 billion of Hong Kong :)

    All foreign nations combined held 5.6 trillion.

    So what does that say? That the US owns most of their national debt.

    Other pro-China clowns make fun of the huge Japanese debt as well, but the fact is that it's owned for 99% by the Japanese themselves.

    Indeed China passed Japan as a economy but with 10 times as many peeps [ 80% uneducated peasants ]

    Pro-China clowns always forget the PRC is the worlds Sweatshop where foreign multinationals produce added value products under strict foreign management.

    The treat of their military can be compared with the Soviets during the Cold War, a lot of equipment but incompetent ( or drunk > Russians ) personal to handle.

    The People Revolution Army exists merely of singing and clapping men and women without the daily need of calories.

    Nothing to be worried about in the near future.

    On Mmat : Is he a Chinaman? 'Me thinks' he's a creature who normally rides a donkey on the sands between Russia and the Indian ocean but also could live in the US of A he hates so much :)

    He's my X mas Fool of the Day !

  • Report this Comment On December 25, 2013, at 8:41 AM, Sargonarhes wrote:

    I thought Japan's new ships were classified as pocket carriers? Because they are not destroyers. Destroyer were originally torpedo boat destroyers, meant to protect WWI battleships from torpedo boats. Destroyers were frontline ships mean for combat, while frigates were for long term missions and patrols and could outrun anything they couldn't outgun, cruisers are a larger version of a frigate.

    Maybe escort carrier would be a better term for these ships.

  • Report this Comment On December 25, 2013, at 8:49 AM, cechristman wrote:

    PEACE.................................. WARS NEVER END TILL WE SAY ENOUGH AS A WORLD!

  • Report this Comment On December 25, 2013, at 9:11 AM, USSPeace wrote:

    Does any fool on these posts even know how many years the ethnic Chinese have ruled China?

    Ans: less than 100 years - mostly under communist rule. It was ruled for 4 centuries by the Manchurians and 2 centuries before that by the Mongolians.

    Does anybody even know anything about those islands that Japan and China (and another bunch of Asian countries) are fighting over?

    Ans: it's made up mostly of rocks with no natural resources. If you wanted to build a house or condo there, flattening the land and making it possible to build a house or condo would cost you more than a few bombs.

    Does anybody remember the names of 2 Central American countries going to war because of a soccer game?

  • Report this Comment On December 29, 2013, at 11:16 PM, Foolme45858 wrote:

    USSPeace,

    your last must be a trick question, because no Central American countries, and probably none anywhere, have warred over a soccer game. Perhaps your referring to Honduras and El Salvador. They had a long-running BORDER DISPUTE, and the animosity SPILLED OVER into sports, causing violence at a match between the two countries. Hence, apparently, your confused, simplistic telling of the event. Let me summarize it for you: they went to war over territory, a common cause of international wars, as you may know.

    Regarding China's history, you must not have been told about the Han, the Tang, the Sung, the Ming, and other ethnic Chinese dynasties which ruled China. And that's just a partial list, btw.

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