The new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida admitted that, as part of the revision of the national defense strategy, it is possible to develop the potential of Japanese troops aimed at delivering preventive strikes against missile bases on the territory of a potential enemy.
The head of the Japanese government said this in an interview with the largest Japanese newspaper Yomiuri, reports TASS.
This option is also being considered, he replied to a related question. Kishida noted that supersonic and ballistic missile technology continues to evolve, and from the point of view of protecting the Japanese population, all realistic options must be considered. The head of government added that the revision of the national defense strategy should be carried out as soon as possible.
In Japan, over the past years, there has been a discussion on the feasibility of developing the potential of the country's Self-Defense Forces aimed at delivering preventive strikes against missile bases on the territory of a potential enemy, initiated by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party under former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. At the same time, the need to preserve the current defense-oriented policy was emphasized, and preventive strikes on bases should be considered as an extreme option in the absence of other means for self-defense.
Japan currently has a two-tier missile defense system