ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print
The Nikkei View

If not Aegis Ashore, Japan needs an alternative shield

East Asian security rests on a knife-edge as US-North Korea talks stall

A personnel shortage is among the factors making it difficult to operate Aegis vessels around-the-clock. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono announced Monday that the country's deployment of the land-based Aegis Ashore missile defense system will be put on hold.

But the risk of a ballistic-missile attack from the likes of North Korea has not subsided. The Japanese government must offer a credible explanation to the public on how it intends to build its missile defense shield.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more