Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya has apologized for yet another mistake made in a survey to choose a possible deployment site for a US-made missile defense system.
His ministry selected a Self-Defense Force training area in Akita City, northeastern Japan, as one of the two candidate sites to deploy the land-based Aegis Ashore system in the country.
Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says he plans to visit Akita Prefecture to seek the local community's consent for the deployment of a missile defense system.
Akita Governor Norihisa Satake suggested on Monday that there are difficulties in talks with the government over the planned deployment after local opposition increased over a series of incidents.
The Defense Ministry is continuing its efforts to gain the understanding of the people of Akita City in northeastern Japan on its plan to deploy a land-based missile interceptor system known as Aegis Ashore.
The ministry is seeking to deploy the US-made system at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Araya Training Area.
The mayor of a Japanese town located next to a candidate site for a new ground-based missile defense system has expressed his opposition to its deployment.
The mayor of Abu town, Norihiko Hanada, said on Thursday that he is unequivocally opposed to the deployment of the Aegis Ashore system since the move could result in substantially undermining the safety and security of the townspeople and their peace of mind.