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Japan to Buy 400 Long-Range Missiles from US

Japan to Buy 400 Long-Range Missiles from US in an epic deal.

Japan Signs Deal with US for 400 Long-Range Tomahawk Missiles

The deal will enable Japan to double its defense spending to the NATO standard of two percent of GDP by 2027 and increase its military capacity to counter regional security threats from China and North Korea.

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Japan and the United States signed a $2.35 billion deal on Thursday to acquire up to 400 long-range Tomahawk missiles, a move that strengthens the allies’ security alliance and reflects mounting concerns about China’s military buildup and North Korea’s nuclear program.

Key points of the deal:

  • The deal includes two types of Tomahawks, which have a range of 1,600 kilometers (995 miles).
  • Japan has approved a record defense budget of $56 billion for the next fiscal year starting in April.
  • Japan has a pacifist post-war constitution that limits its military to defensive measures, but recently updated its security and defense policies to address the challenge posed by China.
  • US ambassador Rahm Emanuel praised Japan’s new defense push, saying that “as aggressors grow more and more belligerent, Japan is at the forefront of countries rallying to protect peace and prosperity by raising the costs of aggression.”

The deal is likely to further strain relations between China and Japan, as China has warned against Japan’s military expansion. However, Japan argues that the Tomahawk missiles are necessary to deter potential aggression from China and North Korea.

This development is significant for several reasons:

  • It marks a major shift in Japan’s defense policy, as the country has traditionally been hesitant to acquire offensive weapons.
  • It reflects the growing concern about China’s military buildup in the region.
  • It could lead to an arms race in the region, as other countries may feel pressure to increase their own defense spending.

It is still too early to say what the long-term implications of this deal will be.

However, it is clear that it is a significant development that will have a major impact on the security landscape in the Asia-Pacific region.

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