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PREMIUM: Japan decides to set Aegis Ashore adrift

18th June 2020 - 23:00 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo

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Defence Minister Taro Kono suddenly announced on 15 June that Japan would discontinue its acquisition of Aegis Ashore. Boosters falling onto residential areas, after separating from SM-3 missiles, could be a serious problem if Japan introduced the ballistic missile defence (BMD) system.

Indeed, Kono explained that the reason for cancelling ...

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