CNN: Japan’s air force faces a ‘relentless’ burden, imposed by China
Thu July, 2020, Age: 2 years
This CNN article features an interview with Japan’s Air Self Defense Force’s (JASDF) Lt. Col. Takamichi Shiroto, who is the commander of the 204th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Naha Air Base on Okinawa. Shiroto described the significant pressure the JASDF is under due to Chinese incursions to Japan’s Air Defense Identification Zone, requiring jets to be scrambled twice a day, typically. As this article points out, analysts say this is part of a larger plan by China to wear out the air crews of the JSDAF, train their own airmen, and test Japanese capabilities.