1st Lt. Misa Matsushima, 26, joined the Japan Air Self Protection Drive (JASDF
) after graduating from the Nationwide Protection Academy in 2014, turning into one of many 13,707 servicewomen who make up a mere 6.1% of all Japanese troops. She completed her coaching earlier this week, and was formally named a fighter pilot in a ceremony on Friday,
JASDF in a press release.
“Ever since I saw the movie ‘Top Gun’ when I was in primary school, I have always admired fighter jet pilots,” Matsushima told reporters Thursday.
“As the first female (fighter) pilot, I will open the way. I would like work hard to meet people’s expectations and show my gratitude to people who have been supporting me. I want to become a full-fledged pilot, no different from men, as soon as possible.”
“I hope to be the one to inspire more people to become a pilot,” she added.
Matsushima, who is from the eastern city of Yokohama, got her pilot’s license in 2015, before advancing to fighter pilot training. She will now be stationed at the Nyutabaru Air Base, and begin flying F-15J fighter jets.
is a twin-engine fighter designed for air-to-air fight with different jets, able to carrying eight radar and infrared missiles. It could attain prime speeds of Mach 2.5 — 2.5 instances the pace of sound, or 1,918 mph.
“The primary feminine fighter pilot plane of the Air Self Protection Drive is born,” stated the JASDF in a tweet Thursday.
The JASDF did not settle for ladies till 1993, when most positions turned open to feminine candidates. Nevertheless, ladies have been nonetheless not allowed to fly fighter jets and reconnaissance plane till the ban was lifted in 2015, as a part of a authorities initiative to extend the variety of ladies within the office, in response to the JASDF assertion.
Throughout Japan, ladies have lengthy been relegated to performing family duties and administrative roles, sometimes called the “mommy” monitor. Nevertheless, going through an growing old inhabitants and shrinking workforce, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged in 2013 to empower working women
This new “womenomics” policy
additionally reached the navy; the Protection Ministry launched a collection of initiatives final April aiming to extend the variety of ladies within the Self Protection Forces to 9% by 2030.
Against this, ladies make up 16% of the US enlisted forces, in response to assume tank Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
Nevertheless, with beforehand restricted positions in Japan’s Marine, Air, and Floor Self Protection Forces now open to ladies, new feminine leaders have began taking the reins. In March, Japan’s navy appointed the primary feminine commander of a warship squadron, local media reported
The navy’s social media, too, recurrently reveals feminine personnel, with one submit exhibiting a “day of feminine shifts.”