NHK reported this afternoon that Defense Minister Iwaya told reporters after a cabinet meeting this morning that the deep submergence vehicle Kaimei of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology will be deployed shortly to step up the search for the wreckage of the F-35A stealth fighter that crashed on April 9. This is because waters where the fighter crashed are 1,500 meters deep in places, preventing the recovery of the missing pilot and the wreckage despite concerted search efforts by the Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. Forces aimed at protecting secrets related to the fighter’s state-of-the-art technology. NHK reported that the U.S. will also dispatch a ship with deep-sea survey capabilities to participate in the search before the end of this month. TV Asahi also carried a similar report.