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Cost of Aegis Ashore alternative plan will be disclosed after plan is finalized: DM Kishi

  • November 20, 2020
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

At a meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the House of Councillors on Nov. 19, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi commented on the offshore alternative plan to the scrapped Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system deployment. Referring to the total costs of the alternative plan to operate the main [Aegis Ashore] facilities offshore, Kishi said, “We will carefully explain [the costs] to the public at an appropriate time after determining the alternative plan and scrutinizing its expense.” He made the remark in response to a request from the ruling bloc that “the costs should be disclosed before the alternative plan is decided.”

 

During the meeting, Kishi explained the reason for the delay in disclosing the costs until after the alternative plan is finalized, underscoring, “It is hard to state the costs because the details of the alternative plan are yet to be fixed.”

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