Japan is now joining hands with two European Nations, the United Kingdom and Italy, to develop a new next-generation fighter jet. It was almost 100 years ago that the battle of Tsushima was won by the Japanese ships against the Russian fleet. All thanks to the technologies and efforts put in to it by Britain and Italy to make the ships combat-ready. Japan’s reengagement with these nations draws attention to whether Japan is preparing for a military exercise in the Indo-Pacific. If not, what is the rationale behind such a strategic move in the security domain?