Japan and Ballistic Missile Defense by Michael Swaine, Rachel Swanger, Takashi Kawakami

By Michael Swaine, Rachel Swanger, Takashi Kawakami

Spurred through a perceived transforming into ballisic missile possibility from in the Asia-Pacific quarter and requests from the U.S. to help examine and improvement on parts of a missile protection procedure, the japanese govt determined in overdue 1998 and early ninety nine to maneuver ahead with joint examine and improvement with the U.S. on ballistic missile protection. This publication explores either the advantages and strength difficulties of deploying a BMD method in Japan.

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According to a knowledgeable Japanese observer, the latter includes elements of direct relevance to the electronics and communications components of a BMD system. The need for this type of collaborative group reflects the increasing pressure on the defense budgetary process resulting from shrinking defense budgets and the high and increasing costs involved in developing and procuring advanced weapons systems. Although not exclusively oriented toward the BMD program, this organization reportedly will facilitate the Japanese government’s efforts to evaluate the costs of critical elements of a BMD system and to allocate those costs among the services and programs of the selfdefense forces.

Navy Theater Wide TMD program. The decision was postponed indefinitely at that time because of a lack of consensus in Japan, as well as pressure from China. 43 In September 1998, both houses of the Japanese Diet passed a unanimous resolution condemning the North Korean missile launch and stating that the GOJ should undertake every possible means to secure the safety of the population. The immediate beneficiaries of this changed mood were the longtime proponents of Japan’s acquisition of surveillance satellites.

S. S. S. 5 These studies also stress the prospect of regional and global instability resulting from the general proliferation of ballistic missile systems and technologies. Given Japan’s position as a key ally of the United States in Asia, its government and citizens should also be concerned about these potential additional threats. Finally, some Japanese strategists and military officers are concerned by the threat to UN peacekeeping forces posed by short- and medium-range ballistic missiles in the hands of Third World states and nonstate actors.

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