A mutual defense cooperation program is underway between the Air Force of Japan and the Philippines from 27 November to 11 December. Its purpose is to promote mutual understanding between the two armies. Squadron Commanding Officer of the Japanese Air Force, Lt. Col. Shotaro Arisawa, said that the arrival of Japanese fighter jets in the Philippines is a milestone in the history of defense exchanges. Colonel Leo Fontanilla of the Philippines Air Force said that it will continue the friendship with the Japanese Air Force even further.
Japanese fighter jet arrived for the first time since World War II
Colonel Liao said that we will further enhance our friendship and partnership with the Japanese Air Force so that both air forces can effectively and efficiently maintain peace and stability in the region. Meanwhile, the Japanese Airforce has said that apart from two F-15 fighter jets, an air refueller and a transport aircraft have also been sent to the air base in the Philippines. At the same time, Lieutenant General Connor Anthony Kanlas, Commanding General of the Philippines Air Force, said last month that for the first time since World War II, we are going to welcome Japanese fighter jets on our land.
General Connor said that the Japanese military is now our ally who believes in the rule of law. In fact, during World War II, Japan occupied the Philippines for about 3 years. The Japanese Air Force used Philippines air bases for suicide attacks on American soldiers. Japan’s fighter jets have arrived in the Philippines at a time when China’s aggression in the South China Sea is increasing. Not only this, now Russia is also flying fighter jets and bombers in collaboration with China. This is the reason why the Philippines and Japan are increasing their defense cooperation.