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DM Iwaya comments on additional tests for Aegis Ashore deployment, delay in survey results

  • March 22, 2019
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NHK reported online today that Defense Minister Iwaya stressed to reporters this morning that the Defense Ministry’s decision on March 20 to conduct additional radar tests in Akita City and Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture, where SDF facilities have been chosen to host the new Aegis Ashore systems, and to delay the release of the survey results from March to May will not have a significant impact on the plan to complete the deployment by FY2023. Iwaya said that the additional surveys are meant to dispel local residents’ health concerns and address such issues as the reason for the previous radar test readings being much lower than original estimates. 

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