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Article on Aegis Ashore by former GOJ official pulled soon after posting 

  • March 13, 2021
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Saturday’s Asahi reported that an opinion piece by a former top Defense Ministry official criticizing the GOJ’s initial decision in December 2017 to procure Aegis Ashore batteries was taken down within hours of being posted on a website managed by a group of retired civilian officials of the Defense Ministry on Feb. 17. The author, former Vice Defense Minister for International Affairs Ro Manabe, called the plan a “politically motivated initiative” that failed to take into account the expertise of ministry officials. The official criticized the Abe administration and the LDP for putting unreasonable pressure on the ministry to approve the procurement. The controversial article was removed on the grounds that “discussions are still being held” on an alternative plan to the ground-based missile defense platform that was canceled last June.    

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