U.S. Launching New Missile Defense Command in Japan


Tokyo, Oct. 28 (Jiji Press)--U.S. forces in Japan are set to establish a new command for the U.S. Army's ballistic missile defense unit in the Asian country and have started stationing personnel, it has been learned.

The move is apparently aimed at countering threats from North Korea, which still holds ballistic missiles, as well as from China, which is moving to deploy missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland and U.S. military bases in Japan.

A ceremony to mark the formation of the new command at the Army's Sagami General Depot in the city of Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, will take place shortly.

According to sources in the Japanese Defense Ministry and U.S. forces in Japan, the personnel for the new command belong to the U.S. military's 38th air defense artillery brigade. They began activities in Japan on Oct. 16.

The new command will likely be in charge of directing operations of the Army's X-band radar units deployed in the city of Tsugaru in Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan, and the city of Kyotango in the western prefecture of Kyoto.

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