It's not a law, it's the constitution! And yes, you don't know politics and yes I don't know as much about driving a helicopter or plane as you do, I concede that, but I know as much or more about the military in general as you do, without for example knowing all the idiotic military acronyms which I never liked and refused to memorize.Rogue Scholar 05 wrote:
Japan unveils largest warship since World War II
Eric Talmadge, Associated Press 6 hours ago
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP)-- Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier.
The ship, which has a flight deck that is nearly 250 meters (820 feet) long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. Japanese officials say it will be used in national defense ó particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions ó and to bolster the nation's ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
Though the ship ó dubbed "Izumo" ó has been in the works since 2009, its unveiling comes as Japan and China are locked in a dispute over several small islands located between southern Japan and Taiwan. For months, ships from both countries have been conducting patrols around the isles, called the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyutai in China.
Well, I know at least as much as you do on political subjects and far more than you do about military subjects. My point being calling the Sun the Moon will not make it the Moon.
And aircraft carrier is NOT a destroyer! If their law says they should not have any ship larger than a destroyer but they need a larger ship that has a different mission, just change the friggin' law!
Tell me, does the U.S. have a "destroyer that weighs 19,000+ tons? NO!!! The Arleigh Burks weigh less than half that weight.
And Arleigh Burk can carry only TWO H-60 Seahawks whereas the Japanese "flat-top destroyers" can carry 14 helicopters (I am sure they are talking about medium sized helicopters like our Seahawks).
Read article 9 of the Japanese Constitution :
Japan Self-Defense Forces
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In theory, Japan's rearmament is prohibited by Article 9 of the Japanese constitution, which states:
"Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.(2) To accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized."
However, in practice the Diet,(or Parliament), which Article 41 of the Constitution defines as "the highest organ of the state power", established the Self-Defense Forces in 1954. Although they are equipped as a conventional military force, they are, by law, an extension of the police, created solely to ensure national security. Due to the constitutional debate concerning the Forces' status, any attempt at increasing the Forces' capabilities and budget tends to be controversial. Thus the JSDF's capabilities are mainly defensive, with only limited overseas capabilities. The JSDF lacks offensive capabilities such as aircraft carriers, long-range surface-to-surface missiles, ballistic missiles, strategic bombers, marines, amphibious units, and large caches of ammunition. The Rules of Engagement are strictly defined by the Self-Defence Forces Act 1954.
Hope it's ok,I had to delete your 1st 7 lines,otherwise no room to stuff the Japanese constitution down your throat.Get it now,and why the "language" has to be specially-adapted? Called diplomacy.