Mayor Rejects Aegis Ashore Deployment in Yamaguchi Pref.


Tokyo, May 24 (Jiji Press)--Norihiko Hanada, mayor of Abu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Friday petitioned the central government to scrap its plan to deploy the Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system in the western Japan prefecture.

The Defense Ministry plans to deploy Aegis Ashore units at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Mutsumi training area in Hagi, Yamaguchi, and the GSDF Araya training area in Akita, the capital of the prefecture of the same name.

The Mutsumi training area is adjacent to the town of Abu.

"We can't accept the deployment, which would be a crisis posing a life-or-death question to our town," Hanada told a meeting with State Minister of Defense Kenji Harada.

Harada sought understanding, saying, "We hope you'll let us explain carefully so that anxieties and concerns among local people are swept away."

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