RIETI Report November 2011

Looking Back at the FSX Dispute: Lessons for the future

As the deadline for submitting proposals for the next-generation fighter F-X passed on September 26, with the full-scale selection process underway, the final F-2 support fighter (FSX) was delivered to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force on September 27.

In the November issue of the RIETI Report, Mitsubishi Corporation's Hidehiro Konno and Dr. James E. Auer, director of the Center for U.S.-Japan Studies and Cooperation, Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, reflect upon and discuss the FSX (Fighter Support Experimental) negotiations between Japan and the United States during the 1980s in our special BBL seminar, "Looking Back at the FSX Dispute: Lessons for the future." Mr. Konno also sees the recent actions by the Japanese government as having a positive aspect in pushing the Japanese citizens outside of their comfort zone and to think seriously about their own security. As such, Japan can possibly see a renewed and firmer relationship with the United States, as well as more robust relationships with its neighboring countries.

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Looking Back at the FSX Dispute: Lessons for the future

James E. AUER Director of the Center for U.S.-Japan Studies and Cooperation, Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies

KONNO Hidehiro Member of the Board, Mitsubishi Corporation

Last week (September 27), the final F-2 support fighter for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force was handed over from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to the Ministry of Defense. September 26 was the deadline for submitting proposals for the F-X (next-generation fighter), and the full-scale selection process just got underway. These events may make today's seminar look timely. Today's discussion, however, is not on these contemporary issues but on a page of history back in the late 1980s.

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