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Iwaya comments on Aegis Ashore

  • July 10, 2019
  • , Asahi
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Asahi wrote that Defense Minister Iwaya reportedly told the press on Tuesday that it would be possible for Japan to intercept ballistic missiles heading to Hawaii or Guam by the Aegis Ashore system it plans to deploy in Akita and Yamaguchi Prefectures. The paper speculated that the defense minister expressed the view that Japan would be allowed to take such action for national defense in a situation where its survival is threatened as stipulated in the security-related laws. The paper noted that there is a view that the GOJ is planning to deploy the missile defense system in Akita and Yamaguchi with defense cooperation with the United States in mind because the two prefectures are located on the trajectory of North Korean ballistic missiles targeting Hawaii or Guam. The paper quoted Iwaya as saying Japan can intercept the missiles by exercising its limited right to collective self-defense as long as the attack is deemed a threat to its survival and that Aegis Ashore is a necessary platform for Japan’s defense.

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