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Gov’t to explain cancellation to residents at Aegis deployment site: Kono

  • July 10, 2020
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

On July 9, Minister of Defense Taro Kono met with Yamaguchi Prefecture Governor Tsugumasa Muraoka and others at the Ministry of Defense and told them that the ministry will again explain the cancellation of the plan to deploy Aegis Ashore at a site in the prefecture. Kono responded to Muraoka’s call for a thorough explanation to residents at the site by saying that “in close consultations with the candidate site we would like to arrange a date to provide an explanation.”

 

Muraoka noted: “It was regrettable that the government’s explanation (to local residents about the deployment plan) did not sufficiently address the safety issue. I would like to ask the government to ensure this won’t happen again.” Kono offered an apology again by saying “I am sincerely sorry.”

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