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LDP to recommend possessing capability to intercept ballistic missiles inside an enemy’s territory

  • August 4, 2020
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NHK reported at noon that the LDP approved today a set of recommendations put together by a review team on Japan’s future missile defense system, which says the advanced missile capabilities of North Korea and China are increasingly becoming a threat and urged the GOJ to swiftly reach a conclusion on measures to improve its deterrence, including possessing the capability to intercept ballistic missiles even inside an enemy’s territory within constitutional boundaries and based on the policy of exclusive defense. Meanwhile, the recommendation reportedly states that the GOJ should maintain its policy on the basic division of roles between Japan and the U.S. under the U.S.-Japan alliance and not possess aggressive weapons. In addition, it calls on the GOJ to swiftly present concrete alternatives to Aegis Ashore in order to strengthen Japan’s air defense capacity and secure functionality to respond in a sustained manner. According to the network, the LDP is planning to submit the recommendations to the government this afternoon.

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