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Japan won't rule out airstrikes on enemy bases: defense minister

Response to imminent missile attack 'within the scope of self-defense,' Kishi says

Japan's defense strategy against missile attacks could include using Air Self-Defense Force jets to strike targets within enemy territory. (Photo by Kei Higuchi)

TOKYO -- Japan's debate over developing the capability to strike enemy military installations could include the option of sending fighter jets into the opponent's airspace to carry out the attacks, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said Wednesday.

Such airstrikes, conducted by the Japan Self-Defense Forces, would be a last resort for protecting the country from an imminent missile attack, Kishi said during a hearing with the parliamentary lower house budget panel.

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