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Abe leaves decision on capabilities to attack enemy bases to next cabinet 

  • September 12, 2020
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The Saturday editions of all national dailies reported on a statement released on Friday by Prime Minister Abe on Japan’s missile defense policy in which the premier called on the next cabinet to come up with a new security policy concerning missile defense, including an alternative to the canceled Aegis Ashore deployment plan and reinforcement of capabilities to deter enemy missile attacks. Abe told reporters after attending a National Security Council meeting on Friday that he hopes the next cabinet will discuss the matter thoroughly. 


Yomiuri wrote that although Abe called on the next cabinet to reach a conclusion on whether Japan should acquire capabilities to attack enemy bases by the end of this year, it remains to been seen whether progress will be made since the LDP’s junior coalition partner Komeito Party remains cautious about the idea. The paper added that compared with Abe, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga, who is leading the LDP presidential race, does not seem to be very enthusiastic about discussing the issue. In addition, the political schedule for the coming months in Japan is very tight since a new cabinet will be launched this week and the Lower House might be dissolved for a snap general election before the end of the year.   

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