A Nervous Japan Ponders Missile Defense

With Kim just across the East Sea, pacifism loses its allure

By: Todd Crowell

Defending Japan against an enemy ballistic missile attack has become the issue of the day among security planners here. Tokyo thought it had the answer in establishing a ballistic missile shield called Aegis Ashore (as opposed to installing Aegis systems aboard navy destroyers).

But the government canceled the program citing costs, opposi…

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