THE IZUMO IS THE LARGEST
JAPANESE WAR SHIP SINCE WWII
JSDF HELICOPTER CARRIER IZUMO Photo JMSDF
The IZUMO is the largest war ship Japan has commissioned since World War II. Their constitution has been reinterpreted recently to allow Japan to aid nations in defense under limited circumstances and Japan is presently lending assistance to the Philippines which is also being subjected to aggressive Chinese naval behavior. The Dragon (China) observing the IZUMO and growing Japanese / Philippine cooperation is not a happy camper.
Japanese Navy Band in Nanking, China 1937 (PD)