Why Japan’s New Military Aircraft Gift to the Philippines Matters


Prashanth Parameswaran


The Diplomat


October 31, 2017


Last week, Japan disclosed that, following a change in Japanese law, it will now be donating five aircraft to the Philippines rather than leasing them as previously agreed. Though the move represents just one change in a broader relationship that has already been deepening in the defense realm, its significance for both sides and the wider region ought not to be underestimated.