The F-35 chosen

Japan has chosen F-35 stealth fighter to replace aging jets in its air force and bolster its defense capability. The selection comes at a time of high instability. The death of Kim Jong il, skirmishes between neighboring countries and China's pursuit of dominance in the region are all factors in the decision. Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa says, "Our decision on the next-generation fighters was an extremely important one for our national security, and we wanted to acquire fighters with solid capability.