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Japan to consider deploying U.S. missile defense system

  • 2015-11-25 15:00:00
  • , Sankei
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(Sankei: November 25, 2015 – p. 5)

 

 

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, who is currently visiting Hawaii, expressed on the afternoon of Nov. 23 local time (the afternoon of Nov. 24 Japan Time) a positive view about Japan’s future deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), a U.S. land-based interceptor missile system, and other U.S. missile defense systems. This is the first time for the defense minister to express his view on the deployment of THAAD. Nakatani said, “While studying the U.S.’s advanced efforts and equipment, we plan to expedite our deliberations [on the deployment].”

 

 

THAAD is a system in which a mobile launcher on the ground intercepts a ballistic missile at the final stage of its reentry into the atmosphere. By deploying the system, Japan aims to beef up its countermeasures against North Korea’s ballistic missiles.

 

 

The U.S.’s efforts to deploy THAAD in South Korea have become a security issue in East Asia. China opposes the deployment because it is concerned that THAAD will be used to monitor the country. According to the Defense Ministry, Nakatani is the first defense minister to mention the deployment of THAAD.

 

 

THAAD is a mobile system that uses a launcher attached to a vehicle. The system was developed to shoot missiles down at high altitudes. It is capable of covering a wider range than the Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC3) surface-to-air guided missile used by the Self-Defense Forces.

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