Japan Aegis Ashore missile defense system deployment scrapped: Kono
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.