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GOJ to develop missile for Senkaku defense

  • August 14, 2016
  • , Yomiuri
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Sunday’s Yomiuri front-paged an informal GOJ decision to develop a new type of ground-to-ship missile for the defense of the Senkakus to be deployed on Miyakojima and other islands west of the main island of Okinawa in around FY2023. The Defense Ministry hopes to develop a mobile ground-based missile with a target range of around 300 km so as to prevent enemy warships from accessing the disputed outcrops. The daily added in a separate piece that Japan’s neighbors, as well as some Japanese lawmakers, may oppose the development aimed at acquiring “long-range attack capabilities.”     

In a related story, Sunday’s Mainichi wrote that PLA jet fighters have flown close to the Senkakus on several occasions since May. One of the Chinese aircraft came within 50 km of Japan’s territorial space over the outcrops. The GOJ reportedly views these developments as “very unusual.”  

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