Abe says Japan to unveil missile defense plan by year-end – CGTN

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks to media in front of the prime minister’s residence in Tokyo, Japan, March 24, 2020. /Xinhua

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks to media in front of the prime minister’s residence in Tokyo, Japan, March 24, 2020. /Xinhua

Japan will set up a new plan for dealing with missile threats by the end of the year, according to Kyodo News Agency, citing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday.

“I believe it is necessary to enhance deterrence and thereby further reduce the possibility of an attack against Japan by ballistic missiles and others,” Abe said.

Abe noted the country’s exclusively defense-oriented policy would not be changed, but the possibility of Japan acquiring a striking capacity, even if couched in terms of deterrence and defense, is controversial.

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s coalition partner Komeito is firmly opposed to any offensive military expansion, and the
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