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Japan to develop new security strategy following suspension of Aegis Ashore plan 

  • June 19, 2020
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All national dailies wrote that Prime Minister Abe stated at a news conference on Thursday that the GOJ will start discussing at the National Security Council in the summer ways to strengthen Japan’s deterrence following its decision to halt procedures to deploy the Aegis Ashore system. Noting the DPRK’s improvement of its missile technology, Abe said the government will hold thorough discussions on its security strategy to enhance its deterrence. The premier commented on the LDP panel’s recommendation that Japan should possess the ability to attack enemy bases by saying he hopes the government will also discuss the idea. Yomiuri speculated that Abe mentioned the possibility of Japan possessing the ability to attack enemy bases to prevent a “vacuum” in Japan’s security in the absence of the Aegis Ashore system and reconstruct an effective defense system for Japan. The paper wrote that if the GOJ were to decide to adopt the policy, it would be a major turning point in Japan’s security strategy.  

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