Japan’s Fighter Jet Scrambles Have Reached a Record High (chart)

Japan’s defense forces scrambled fighter jets a record 1,168 times in the year ended March to head off a growing number of Chinese warplanes flying around disputed East China Sea islands and Russian bombers tracing the coast of the archipelago.

The number has doubled since 2012, when Japan bought three islands at the center of a territorial row with China.

About three-quarters of the missions were against Chinese planes and a quarter versus Russian aircraft, according to the Defense Ministry, which began keeping records in 1958 and saw scrambles previously peak toward the end of the Cold War in the 1980s.

Via: bloomberg

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