WASHINGTON (Kyodo News) — In response to the Japanese government’s decision to abandon the plan to deploy Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense systems in the nation, the U.S. government expressed on June 25 its intent to cooperate closely with Japan to resolve Japan’s security concerns. Japan’s actions on missile defense affect the U.S. military’s strategy, and the U.S. government is closely watching Japan’s deliberations on this matter.
A U.S. State Department spokesperson said in a statement released on June 25 that they will “continue to work closely with Japan to find a solution to their concerns that enhances our shared security in the face of growing regional threats.” The statement did not comment on the decision itself, thus displaying a posture to respect Japan’s decision.
The U.S. government is closely watching to see what alternative plan Japan will put forward. It is thought that the U.S. will welcome the enhancement of Japan’s capabilities, such as the acquisition of the capability to attack enemy bases.