Japanese Destroyer Destroys
A Japanese Destroyer, the Kongou, successfully destroyed a missile in space from a testing ground off Hawaii on the 17th, during a test of antiballistic systems jointly conducted with the US.
It’s the first time a US ally has used the technology to destroy a missle and marks a major step forward for the US and Japan, who are together developing the technology to counter missile threats from countries like North Korea.
Some in Japan and in Asia, however, complain that the test marks another step in the creeping rearmament of Japan, and will only increase tensions in the region. But Japan’s government feels the missile-shield system is necessary to protect against the threat of missile attack. In the 90s, North Korea tested missiles by shooting them over Japan. They landed harmlessly in the Pacific Ocean, but Japan got the message and is now responding, in my mind, appropriately.
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