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Countries have permanent interests. That's clear from one observation in the article. "The ship has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier." And history doesn't repeat, but it rhymes.
Some experts believe the new Japanese helicopter carrier could be used to launch fighter jets or other aircraft that have the ability to take off vertically.Yes, and the Washington Naval Treaty of the 1920s limited the number of battleships each major power could build. Akagi was laid down as a battlecruiser, later converted to a carrier with a 249 meter (818 feet) flight deck, and capable of carrying up to 86 aircraft, none of which required catapults for takeoff. The modern upgrade of a Zeke or a Betty is probably some kind of drone.
That would be a departure for Japan, which has one of the best-equipped and best-trained naval forces in the Pacific, but which has not sought to build aircraft carriers of its own because of constitutional restrictions that limit its military forces to a defensive role.