Japan Ruling Bloc OKs Plan to Own De Facto Aircraft Carrier
Tokyo, Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling coalition on Tuesday broadly approved an outline of new National Defense Program Guidelines including a plan to commission a de facto aircraft carrier.
The outline, drafted by the government, calls for taking measures to make an existing vessel available for short takeoffs and vertical landings when necessary so that it can be used effectively as an aircraft carrier.
Meanwhile, the government's position holds that the war-renouncing constitution does not allow it to possess an "assault" aircraft carrier.
In connection with this, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya defined an assault aircraft carrier as one operating always with assault aircraft.
"A vessel that carries aircraft only occasionally is definitely not an assault aircraft carrier," Iwaya told a press conference.
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