Japan preparing first aircraft carrier since World War II

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Japan is planning to upgrade at least on of its ships to an aircraft carrier in preparation for a procurement of around 100 U.S. F-35 stealth fighter jets to counter Chinese military expansion in the Pacific.
According to the Guardian, Japan plans to upgrade its two Izumo-class helicopter carriers to transport and launch fighter jets.
The Nikkei News Service reported that Japan was set to purchase 100 F-35s from the U.S. in a deal worth more than US$8.8 billion.

According to CNN, the package includes F-35 A and B models. F-35As are similar to conventional fighter jets that use a runway for take off and landing.
F-35Bs have short take off and vertical landing capability, meaning they can be used at smaller airports or operate from flattop warships.
Japan's Izumo-class carrier is 814 meters long and can carry up to 14 helicopters.
According to former US Navy captain and current Hawaii Pacific University Professor Carl Schuster telling CNN, a refitted Japanese carrier would only be able to carry six to eight F-35Bs.
According to Mainichi Shimbun, the carriers would be used to defend Japan's remote south-western islands.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Japan Izumo-class carriers and an F35B performing a vertical take off
2. F-35A taking off and F-35B doing a vertical landing
3. Izumo class carrier length and helicopter carrying capacity
4. F-35-B landing on Izumo-class carrier

VOICEOVER (in English):
"According to the Guardian, Japan plans to upgrade its two Izumo-class helicopter carriers to transport and launch fighter jets."
"The Nikkei News Service reported that Japan was set to purchase 100 F-35s from the U.S. in a deal worth more than US$8.8 billion."

"According to CNN, the package includes F-35 A and B models. F-35As are similar to conventional fighter jets that use a runway for take off and landing."
"F-35Bs have short take-off and vertical landing capability, meaning they can be used at smaller airports or operate from flattop warships."
"Japan's Izumo-class carrier is 814 meters long and can carry up to 14 helicopters."
"According to former US Navy captain and current Hawaii Pacific University Professor Carl Schuster telling CNN, a refitted Japanese carrier would only be able to carry six to eight F-35Bs."

SOURCES: The Guardian, CNN
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/29/japan-to-get-first-aircraft-carrier-since-second-world-war-amid-china-concerns
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/29/asia/japan-f-35-fighter-aircraft-carrier-intl/index.html?no-st=1543536735