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A Joint Strike Missile developed by Norway's Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace with U.S. contractor Raytheon, in an artist's rendering from Raytheon's website.
North Korea Crisis

Japan eyes air-to-surface missiles that would put North Korea in range

Strike capability could conflict with Tokyo's defense-only principle

YUKIO TAJIMA, Nikkei staff writer | North Korea

TOKYO -- Japan looks to deploy its first air-to-surface missiles in the coming years as a means of deterring North Korea from further weapons testing, bringing Pyongyang's missile bases within Tokyo's military reach.

The Ministry of Defense will request several billion yen (1 billion yen equals $8.8 million) in the nation's fiscal 2018 budget for Joint Strike Missiles from Norway's Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. These would be deployed as early as fiscal 2019 on 42 cutting-edge F-35 stealth fighters Japan has commissioned, several of which have already been delivered.

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