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Defense Ministry to consider acquiring capability to attack enemy bases

  • August 5, 2017
  • , Nikkei
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Saturday morning’s Nikkei gave top play to a report that the Ministry of Defense will soon begin discussions on the possibility of Japan acquiring the capability to attack enemy bases, saying that it will consider the option as a deterrent against North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs in time for the scheduled review of the National Defense Program Guidelines at the end of next year. The paper added that the plan is likely to draw opposition not only from neighboring nations but also within Japan. According to the daily, if the ministry officially looks into the possibility, debate may emerge at home and abroad on whether the capability exceeds the scope of the exclusively defense-oriented policy. Nikkei wrote that some members of the government and the ruling parties are calling for the deployment of U.S. Tomahawk missiles under a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement. The paper also wrote in a separate article that there are many challenges to overcome, including securing sufficient funds and coordination with the U.S.

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