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Diet panel holds debate on Aegis Ashore cancellation

  • July 10, 2020
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All national papers reported that the Upper House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense convened a meeting on Thursday to discuss the Abe administration’s decision to cancel the Aegis Ashore deployment plan. Defense Minister Kono indicated that the ministry will move rapidly to pursue alternative measures, including allowing the SDF to possess “capabilities to strike enemy bases.” He mentioned that such capabilities could include hardware for detecting enemies’ mobile missile platforms and underground missile launch pads, anti-air radar, equipment to neutralize enemy missiles, and missiles to destroy enemy bases.

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