Japan Aegis Ashore missile defense system deployment scrapped: Kono

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This file photo taken in July 2018 shows a Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force exercise ground in Akita, northeastern Japan, a candidate site for the deployment of a land-based Aegis Ashore missile defense system. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan has scrapped a plan to deploy the Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system in Akita and Yamaguchi prefectures, Defense Minister Taro Kono said Thursday.

The National Security Council, headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, made the decision in a meeting Wednesday, Kono told a gathering of ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers.

Last week, Kono announced a halt to the Aegis Ashore deployment plan, citing technical problems and rising costs.

In 2017, Japan decided to deploy two U.S.-made Aegis Ashore batteries to beef up the country’s defense against North Korea’s nuclear weapon and missile programs.



mainichi.jp2020-06-24 23:48:45

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