I recently read some Japan Times articles about whether Japan should order F-35s from here in the U.S. or develop your own fighters, and I think it’s important to encourage Japan to pursue its own aircraft when feasible.

This may not be completely obvious from inside Japan, but from the perspective of the U.S. there are dozens of U.S. allies who are either not completely interested in the F-35 or cannot qualify to own or operate such an advanced aircraft and the responsibility that comes with it. Nations such as Canada, Australia, France and countless smaller U.S. allies do not need aircraft such as the F-35, or simply do not want it.

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