Japan Considers Deploying Long-Range Missiles to Counter China, Newspaper Says

The missiles will be modified to increase their range from 100 kilometers to 1,000 kilometers, the newspaper said, citing government sources.

Ship- or aircraft-launched weapons will be deployed primarily around the southern Nansei Islands and capable of reaching the coastal regions of North Korea and China, Yomiuri said.

Japanese Foreign Ministry officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

Japan, which interprets its post-war non-war constitution to mean it can only use its military in self-defence, has increased its military spending in recent years and adopted a more assertive strategy. But he refrains from deploying long-range missiles, including with regard to weapons that can hit targets on foreign territory.
Tensions in the region have escalated this month following a visit by Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives, to Taiwan, which is self-governing but claimed by China. Beijing launched missiles near Taiwan and into Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

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