Two Japan policy experts have written an excellent piece for the Japan Times on the F-22 export issue. The idea of exporting F-22s to Tokyo was thought to have died two years ago, but suddenly revived in the past six weeks even as the F-22 production line’s survival is in doubt. But the Japan Times op/ed suggests the ongoing debate may be driven as much by domestic politics in Japan as any security issues.
By WESTON S. KONISHI and ROBERT DUJARRICSpecial to The Japan Times
North Korea’s return to saber-rattling has broughtmilitary affairs back to the top of the Japan-U.S. agenda. As manyJapanese continue to have — unfounded — doubts about the commitment ofthe Obama administration to the bilateral alliance, they are pushingfor Washington to allow Japan to purchase America’s most advancedfighter aircraft, the F-22 Raptor.