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National / Politics May 15, 2018

Defense minister mentions Akita and Yamaguchi as candidate sites for Aegis Ashore, naming specific prefectures for first time

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tuesday that Akita and Yamaguchi prefectures are candidate sites for installations of the Aegis Ashore anti-ballistic missile defense system, naming specific prefectures for the first time. On Monday regional bureaus of the Defense Ministry contacted the two prefectural governments, asking ...

Japan favors Aegis Ashore over THAAD to bolster missile defenses: sources

National May 13, 2017

Japan favors Aegis Ashore over THAAD to bolster missile defenses: sources

Japan is leaning toward choosing the Aegis Ashore missile-defense system over another advanced system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), government and ruling party sources have said. Faced with North Korea's rapid missile and nuclear development, and its threats, Japan has been looking into ...