Japan Reportedly Considers Deploying Long-range Missiles to Counter China

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) bring down the Japanese national flag on Apr 20, 2022. (File photo: Reuters/Issei Kato)
Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) bring down the Japanese national flag on Apr 20, 2022. (File photo: Reuters/Issei Kato)

TOKYO: Japan is considering the deployment of 1,000 long-range cruise missiles to boost its counterattack capability against China, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Sunday (Aug 21).

The missiles would be existing arms modified to extend their range from 100km to 1,000km, the daily said, citing government sources.

The arms, launched by ships or aircraft, would be stationed mainly around the southern Nansei islands and capable of reaching the coastal areas of North Korea and China, the Yomiuri said.

Representatives from Japan’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

Japan, which interprets its war-renouncing postwar constitution to mean it may use its military only for self-defense, has stepped up its military spending and taken a more assertive strategy in recent years.

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Source: Channel News Asia