US bases in Japan now vulnerable to missile attacks

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Read: 523     10:49     29 June 2020    

Japan’s cancellation of the two Aegis Ashore missile defense systems was not caused by local complaints about the basing of the missiles, despite what Japanese politicians claim.


It looks more and more as if Japan does not want to be “caught in the middle” in a confrontation between the United States and North Korea, or a confrontation with China.

According to Japan’s Defense Minister, the country will rely on Patriot and ship-mounted Aegis for missile defense and protection of critical base and infrastructure assets in Japan. Patriot is not an answer to protecting either Japanese or American forces and their bases.

Patriot is a poor point defense system and Japan does not have enough of them, even if they worked perfectly to protect all Japanese and American bases. Today, the US maintains major airbases at Misawa, Yokota and Kadena on Okinawa.

Japan bases its F-35s at Misawa and will soon become the world’s second-largest F-35 operator. There also is a US Naval air facility at Atsugi and the large US naval base at Yokosuka, which is the forward-deployed base for the US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

The Japanese arguments for canceling Aegis Ashore are mainly about dangers to civilians. But there are just as many dangers from military and civilian jet aircraft to local communities, and the Patriot is a bad substitute – if it can be considered that – for Aegis Ashore for many reasons.

Japan originally bought two Aegis Ashore systems to provide full-time coverage of all Japan’s territory against missile attacks from North Korea or China.

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US bases in Japan now vulnerable to missile attacks

2020/06/1593411623.jpg
Read: 524     10:49     29 June 2020    

Japan’s cancellation of the two Aegis Ashore missile defense systems was not caused by local complaints about the basing of the missiles, despite what Japanese politicians claim.


It looks more and more as if Japan does not want to be “caught in the middle” in a confrontation between the United States and North Korea, or a confrontation with China.

According to Japan’s Defense Minister, the country will rely on Patriot and ship-mounted Aegis for missile defense and protection of critical base and infrastructure assets in Japan. Patriot is not an answer to protecting either Japanese or American forces and their bases.

Patriot is a poor point defense system and Japan does not have enough of them, even if they worked perfectly to protect all Japanese and American bases. Today, the US maintains major airbases at Misawa, Yokota and Kadena on Okinawa.

Japan bases its F-35s at Misawa and will soon become the world’s second-largest F-35 operator. There also is a US Naval air facility at Atsugi and the large US naval base at Yokosuka, which is the forward-deployed base for the US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

The Japanese arguments for canceling Aegis Ashore are mainly about dangers to civilians. But there are just as many dangers from military and civilian jet aircraft to local communities, and the Patriot is a bad substitute – if it can be considered that – for Aegis Ashore for many reasons.

Japan originally bought two Aegis Ashore systems to provide full-time coverage of all Japan’s territory against missile attacks from North Korea or China.

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