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.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has spoken of his determination to maintain Japan's superiority in the areas of cyber and space defense.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony of the National Defense Academy on Sunday, Abe said the security environment surrounding Japan has become increasingly difficult and uncertain.
Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya has stressed that aircraft of Japan's Self-Defense Forces have, at all times, been conducting patrolling activities appropriately, in accordance with international and domestic law.
Talking to reporters on Thursday, Iwaya said that SDF patrol planes would have no intention or reason to be a threat to South Korean navy ships in any way.
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force says there has been no report that the patrol plane in question made an irregular flight, and that a flight at an altitude as low as South Korea claims is unthinkable.
The Defense Ministry says the area near Ieodo in the East China Sea is within Japan's Air Defense Identification Zone, so MSDF planes regularly patrol the area.
Japan's Defense Ministry says it will partially change its reclamation plan for a US military air base in Okinawa Prefecture, citing the possibility the ground may be too soft.
Japan's government plans to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the Henoko district of Nago City within the prefecture.
Japan's Defense Ministry plans to end discussions with South Korea over a radar incident due to apparent concern that bilateral relations could worsen further if this issue drags on.
On Monday, the ministry issued its final statement on the December 20th incident, along with an audio file it says was recorded when a South Korean naval vessel directed its fire-control radar at a Japanese patrol plane. Seoul denies the claim.