Japan wants something like THAAD
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.