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A Soryu-class stealth submarine. With a displacement of 2,950 tons, this class is ​one of ​the world’s largest conventionally powered submarines. Courtesy of Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force

A ‘Pacifist’ Japan Starts to Pack a Punch

Sarosh Bana
RUSI Newsbrief, 24 August 2017
Japan, Maritime Forces
To meet the threats from China and North Korea, Japan is cooperating with its allies in the region, particularly by selling, lending or gifting them naval and maritime assets. But Tokyo is also building up its own fleet, despite its pacifist constitution, and this has put Japan’s shipbuilders into the spotlight.

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