Saturday’s Asahi reported that National Security Council chief Kitamura and U.S. National Security Advisor O’Brien held a teleconference on Friday. According to a GOJ source, Kitamura explained Japan’s decision to abandon the plan to deploy Aegis Ashore batteries. Kitamura reportedly said Japan will “no longer pursue” deploying the Aegis Ashore system. The paper said the two officials apparently discussed a new missile defense system as well. Nikkei and Sankei carried similar stories, saying that they also exchanged views on China’s enforcement of the national security law for Hong Kong.