In yet another sign of closer cooperation between Asian powers and the US, Japan has chosen the F-35 fighter as the jet of choice to upgrade its air force.Reports the WSJ:
Washington, Japan’s chief security ally, had quietly pushed the case for a U.S. jet by highlighting the importance of interoperability and the ability to share critical parts and conduct joint maintenance, say U.S. and Japanese officials.
Not only does this signal closer cooperation between Washington and Tokyo, it is also the kind of agreement any president would want to get in bad economic times, boosting exports and creating jobs. Broadly speaking, the administration’s Asian initiative matches up with both the country’s values and interests as the average American tends to understand those things. The new Asia policy has legs.