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Akita municipalities perplexed by reports on change in Aegis Ashore deployment plan

  • May 8, 2020
  • , Kahoku Shimpo , Kyodo News
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The Sendai-based Kahoku Shimpo wrote that four municipalities in Akita Prefecture have been perplexed by recent press reports that the Ministry of Defense is considering looking for candidate sites other than the GSDF’s Araya training site in Akita City for deploying the Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system after deciding to scrap its original plan to deploy it at Araya. These four municipalities are Noshiro, Oga, Yurihonjo, and Nikaho, where the ministry has identified a total of nine candidate sites for the deployment.

 

Meanwhile, Kyodo News reported that Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga told the press on Thursday that the central government is “still re-examining” candidate sites for the Aegis missile defense batteries and that it is not true that the GOJ has made a policy decision or decided on a direction. Kyodo News also reported that Akita Mayor Hozumi told reporters on Thursday that the local defense bureau has informed the city that the media reports are not factual and that he finds them “very regrettable.” Akita Governor Satake told reporters that the Defense Ministry said to the prefecture it has not decided yet whether to abandon the plan to deploy the Aegis Ashore system in Araya.

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