Defense Chief To Persuade Akita To Accept Aegis

Defense chief to persuade Akita to accept Aegis

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.

Defense Ministry Apologizes For Faulty Aegis Data

Defense Ministry apologizes for faulty Aegis data

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.

Town Mayor Opposes Deployment Of Aegis Ashore

Town mayor opposes deployment of Aegis Ashore

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.

Aegis Defense System 70% More Costly Than Planned

Aegis defense system 70% more costly than planned

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera says the Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system will be nearly 70 percent more expensive than initially estimated.

Onodera told reporters on Monday that the government has selected the radar Lockheed Martin SSR for the missile interception system.

Japan Lifts Standby Order For Aegis Destroyers

Japan lifts standby order for Aegis destroyers

Japan has lifted its standby order for Aegis-equipped destroyers as security tensions have eased following the US-North Korea summit last month.

Japan's Defense Ministry had deployed the Maritime Self-Defense Force's destroyers equipped with the advanced Aegis radar system in the Sea of Japan.

Onodera To Visit Potential Aegis Ashore Sites

Onodera to visit potential Aegis Ashore sites

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera plans to visit potential sites for the deployment of a new ground-based ballistic missile defense system.

The government wants to install 2 Aegis Ashore units to counter possible missile attacks from North Korea.