Almost half of Japanese people support Tokyo’s refusal to deploy Aegis Ashore missile defense systems on its territory. This is evidenced by studies conducted in the country, RIA Novosti reports with reference to data released by the NHK television channel.
48 percent of respondents supported the decision of the authorities. Only 29 percent of the country’s residents considered the abandonment of the US missile defense system wrong.
It is noted that the study was conducted over three days using random computer sampling. 1270 people over 18 took part.
On June 22, it became known that one of the reasons Japan could refuse to host Aegis Ashore was the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the epidemiological situation, Tokyo attaches importance to the question of how Washington will relate to its agreements with the Allies. Authorities also attach importance to the economic and technical problems associated with accommodation.
On June 15, it was reported that Tokyo could abandon US missile defense systems. According to Taro Kono, head of the country’s defense ministry, the reasons are primarily economic and technical. The head of the ministry emphasized that the Aegis complexes were deployed on the destroyers of the naval forces of Japan and would remain on them.
The fact that the United States plans to deploy two American Aegis Ashore missile defense systems on the Japanese islands by 2023, it became known in December 2017. In 2019, Taro Kono reaffirmed this intention of the Japanese state.