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Why Japan should have the capability to counterattack enemies

Debate heats up amid scrapped Aegis Ashore plan and increasing missile threats

As Japan has scrapped a plan to deploy the Aegis Ashore missile defense system, calls are increasing for it to consider options for obtaining counterattack capabilities.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- While the debate on how to protect Japan from missile attacks gathers steam, the governing Liberal Democratic Party has come up with an idea to make the Self-Defense Forces capable of counterattacking enemy missile bases and other facilities.

The LDP presented a set of proposals including that idea to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday. The government will start a detailed study of the plans.

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