30 Oct Japan to Donate 5 Navy Aircraft to Philippines
The government of Japan will donate at least five military training aircraft to the Philippines by the end of March 2018 to help the country in protecting its coastal borders.
In an article by Nikkei Asian Review, the move to donate the aircrafts came after Japan has a change of law that resulted to two previously leased TC-90 planes and three upcoming to be given for free to the Philippines.
It was also due to the request of the Philippine government to Japan to turn the said leasing arrangement into another that would make the Philippines acquire the naval planes for free. The deal was then agreed upon by Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the Clark Freeport Zone.
Japan hopes that the military planes will greatly improve the Philippines’ defenses on its bodies of waters particularly and on how to deal with China’s progress in putting up its own military facilities in the South China Sea.