Japan plans to deploy long-range missiles to counter China – Yomiuri
Japan is considering deploying 1,000 long-range cruise missiles to bolster its counterattack capability against China, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Sunday. The missiles would be existing weapons modified to extend their range from 100 km (62 miles) to 1,000 km, the daily said, citing government sources.
The weapons, launched by ships or aircraft, would be stationed primarily around the southern Nansei Islands and capable of reaching coastal areas of North Korea and China, the Yomiuri said. Japanese Foreign Ministry officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.
Japan, which interprets its post-war constitution renouncing war to mean that it can only use its military for self-defense purposes, has increased military spending and adopted a more assertive strategy in recent years. But it refrained from deploying long-range missiles, among its limits on weapons that can strike targets on foreign soil. Regional tensions escalated this month after a visit by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, to Taiwan, which is self-governing but claimed by China. Beijing has launched missiles near Taiwan and into Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
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