The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (航空自衛隊 Kōkū Jieitai), JASDF, also referred to as the Japanese Air Force, is the air warfare branch of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, responsible for the defense of Japanese airspace and for other aerospace operations. It is the de facto air force of Japan. The JASDF carries out combat air patrols around Japan, while also maintaining a network of ground and air early-warning radar systems. The branch also has an aerobatic team known as Blue Impulse and has provided air transport in UN peacekeeping missions.
Recent tensions, particularly with North Korea, have reignited the debate over the status of the JSDF and its relation to Japanese society. New military guidelines, announced in December 2010, will direct the JSDF away from its Cold War focus on the former Soviet Union to a focus on China, especially regarding the territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands, while increasing cooperation with the United States, United Kingdom, India, South Korea and Australia
Founded 1 July 1954; 64 years ago
Type Air force
Role Aerial warfare
Military age 18-32 eligible for enlistment[
Active personnel 247,157 personnel (2018)
Reserve personnel 63,300 personnel (2018)
Size 50,324 personnel (2013)
Garrison/HQ Ichigaya, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Motto(s) "Key to Defense, Ready Anytime!"