Yomiuri took up remarks on the radar dispute with South Korea made yesterday by Defense Minister Iwaya. He suggested that bilateral defense cooperation will probably be adversely affected by Seoul’s continued dismissal of Japan’s claim that a Korean warship illuminated a Japanese aircraft with its fire-control radar. The paper wrote that a planned visit to Busan by an MSDF destroyer in the spring may be called off. According to the daily, calls are mounting within the ruling LDP for imposing sanctions on the ROK.
Other papers ran similar stories, adding that the defense minister stressed the importance of continuing to make efforts to increase defense cooperation with Seoul by saying: “As allies of the United States, Japan and South Korea are responsible for ensuring regional security. I would like to make efforts to promote bilateral defense cooperation in a future-oriented manner by overcoming this unfortunate incident.”