Ja­pan wants some­thing like THAAD

New Straits Times - - World -

TOKYO: Ja­pan’s rul­ing party yes­ter­day urged the gov­ern­ment to con­sider arm­ing it­self with more ad­vanced and of­fen­sive ca­pa­bil­ity, such as cruise mis­siles ca­pa­ble of strik­ing en­emy tar­gets, fur­ther loos­en­ing the self-de­fenceonly mil­i­tary pos­ture the coun­try has had since the end of World War 2.

The Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party’s coun­cil on de­fence pol­icy urged the gov­ern­ment to study ways to bol­ster Ja­pan’s ca­pa­bil­ity to in­ter­cept mis­siles with a sys­tem like the Ter­mi­nal High-Al­ti­tude Area De­fence, or THAAD, that the United States and Seoul have agreed to in­stall in South Korea.

The panel cited a “new level of threat” from North Korea, which fired four mis­siles this month, three of them land­ing in­side Ja­pan-claimed eco­nomic wa­ters.

“North Korea’s provoca­tive acts have reached a level that Ja­pan can­not over­look,” the party’s se­cu­rity panel said.

The panel said the gov­ern­ment should study the pos­si­bil­ity of in­tro­duc­ing THAAD and shore­based Aegis mis­sile de­fence sys­tem, among other equip­ment.

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