tokio - Japan wants to buy rockets that can reach North Korea. Such decisions are sensitive because the country has renounced the right to wage war in the constitution.
Minister Itsunori Onodera (Defense) emphasized at a press conference that the weapons are intended for defensive purposes. He said according to broadcaster NHK that Japan does not intend to harass bases from other countries.
According to the minister, Tokyo wants to purchase several types of rockets that can be fired by aircraft. These include projectiles that can reach targets that are up to 1000 kilometers away. The Japanese currently do not have missiles with such a large range.
The minister did not mention North Korea when he announced the planned purchase of the weapons. However, the rocket tests of Pyongyang cause nervousness. Several North Korean projectiles have flown over Japanese territory.