Japan buckling under US pressure to spend money on THAAD systems to bolster its defenses against threats ostensibly from China and North Korea. Since North Korea is a satrap of the American CIA to keep countries in line in the Pacific region, this can be seen as more weapons profiteering. Interesting since the Chinese Yuan is now under full steam with Japan making currency swap deals with the People’s Bank of China. So we have Japan making currency swaps with the Yen and Chinese Yuan while Japan is now going to consider arming itself with THAAD missiles? This is another reason Japan will find it more difficult to negotiate with Russia on the Kuril islands. What would be the outcome let’s say if Russia returned the Kuril islands to Japan, and then Japan positions THAAD missile systems on the islands?
Japan mulls deployment of US THAAD missiles
November 26, 2016
Japan is moving closer to the deployment of a US missile system which is set to further escalate tensions in the region.
Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said Tokyo does not intend to immediately introduce the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, and that military authorities are “considering what can be done.”
“Although there is no specific plan to introduce the THAAD, the introduction of the new equipment will lead to strengthening Japan’s ability” in terms of dealing with possible ballistic missile threats, he added.
Tokyo has established a commission led by State Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya to examine the pros and cons of the advance interceptor system which is due to report its findings by next summer.
Moreover, the defense minister plans to visit a US military base in Guam next month to inspect the THAAD systems at work, Japanese media reported this week.
Japan already has a two-layer ballistic missile system. Ship-based SM-3 interceptors target missiles in space and land-based PAC-3 batteries aim to intercept them as they near the ground.
THAAD is said to be capable of intercepting missiles in or outside the earth’s atmosphere.
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