A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft was lased by a Chinese Destroyer earlier this month.
B-1B Lancers returned to the Indo-Pacific region to conduct bomber task force operations, say the U.S Air Force.
The U.S. State Department has cleared the sale of 105 F-35 jets to Japan. The authorisation is for 63 F-35As and 42 F-35Bs.
Minister Iwaya reiterated that the warship would not be an "attack aircraft carrier" capable of offensive military operations, although it's hard to see how that distinction can be made.