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 — particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions — 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 — dubbed "Izumo" — 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
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Comment: We don't deny any nation the right to self defense and we prefer the "current" Japanese or "long standing" Swiss model for getting it done over the in-your-face "bitch slapping" way preferred by today's super powers. If more nations did it the Japanese or Swiss way, I'm confident that there would be a lot fewer wars.
This is not a provocative move by the Japanese as the Chinese will say it is. Rather, it is an answer to many provocations by the Chinese who are still too busy complaining about the last war with Japan and using that as an excuse to get a little pay back. When a belligerent nation like China, a super power without morals or ethics, starts throwing it's weight around, you have to do what you have to do.
Japan has used it's military for peaceful purposes since the end of WWII. The result of that war they re-wrote their constitution and in doing so, they have forsaken war and the use of force as a means to conduct diplomacy. As long as they continue to be, unlike China or the USA, a nation ruled by law rather than a nation ruled by men, there should be no reason to fear this development...