Aegis Ashore Not to Have Negative Impacts: Defense Min.

Politics

Tokyo, May 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to explain to the prefectures of Akita and Yamaguchi within this month the survey results leading it to conclude that radar waves from Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense systems would not affect nearby living environments.

The two prefectures are planned to host the systems.

The Defense Ministry, which aims to start the systems' operations in fiscal 2023, hopes to attain understanding from local residents for the deployment through detailed explanations. But whether the ministry can successfully brush aside anxieties among the residents is uncertain.

Since October last year, the ministry has been conducting radio wave environment surveys and boring geological surveys at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Mutsumi training area in the city of Hagi in the western prefecture of Yamaguchi and at the Araya training area in the northeastern city of Akita, locations where the systems are planned to be deployed.

At a press conference on Friday, touching on the results of the surveys, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said, "No big problems were found."

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