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TOKYO (Sputnik) – An expert council of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party will submit a proposal to the government on Tuesday to consider possibilities of halting ballistic missile attacks within enemy territory, Japan’s NHK broadcaster reports.
The proposal comes in the wake of Japan scrapping the deployment of US Aegis Ashore Ballistic Missile Defence systems on its territory. The expert council is expected to ask the Japanese government to search for alternative ways to ensure security.
The recommendations are expected to be discussed by Japan’s National Security Council.
Aegis Ashore Weapon System
In June, Japan abandoned plans to deploy US Aegis Ashore land-based missile defence systems, which were expected to counter the “threat” from North Korea. Defence Minister Taro Kono said that the decision was made in part because of the risk of rocket boosters falling on residential areas.