Japan Defense Chief Apologizes for Flawed Aegis Data

Politics

Akita, June 17 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya visited the Akita prefectural government Monday to apologize for using flawed data to explain that a site in the northeastern Japan prefecture is suited for the deployment of the Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system.

Meeting with Akita Governor Norihisa Satake and Koichi Kato, chairman of the Akita prefectural assembly, Iwaya said, "I'm truly sorry."

"The ministry will go back to the basics and work on the project with sincerity in order to regain the trust" of people in Akita, the Defense chief also said.

He then indicated a plan to conduct a detailed field research to find out whether it would be possible to deploy the Aegis Ashore system in state-owned land plots other than the current candidate site at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Araya training area in the city of Akita, the capital of the prefecture.

Satake said, "I'm rather very sad than disappointed."

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