Japan raised a record amount of time fighter jets to intercept the PRC in fiscal 2013 (ended in the country March 31, 2014 — ca. ITAR-TASS). This said the Ministry of Defence land of the rising sun.
According to authorities, the pilots of air defense forces Land of the Rising Sun over the past year carried out 415 sorties with the approach of Chinese aircraft to the Japanese air place. This is 109 more than were recorded in 2012. The Japanese Ministry of Defense noted that a significant portion of departures were made in response to the approaching aircraft to China Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands in the East China Sea, which are the subject of a territorial dispute between acute Tokyo and Beijing. In the course of the last year in the area of the disputed archipelago appeared frequently patrol aircraft oceanographic Municipal Administration of China, forcing Japan to raise into the air fighters.
In response to the Russian aircraft approaching Japanese pilots in 2013 made 359 sorties, which is 111 more than a year ago. Nine more times fighters Self-Defense Forces Land of the Rising Sun podymali into the air to intercept North Korean aircraft, which, according to the Japanese Ministry of Defense disk imaging, did not come close to the place of the air of the country from 2010 to 2012.