The Asahi Shimbun: Japan prepares to intercept stray missiles from N. Korea
11 August 2017
The Japan News by Yomiuri Shimbun: PAC-3 units deployed in Chugoku, Shikoku
13 August 2017
The current top news dominating Japan this week is due to its involvement in the conflict between US and N. Korea. In the face of the current military confrontational situation between the two countries, the escalating verbal war forced Japan in this position. N. Korea threat to air attack US in the waters around Guam, specifically to launch mid-range ballistic missiles into waters within 18 to 24 miles of Guam. Japan is geographically located in the route of this threat.
Guam is an unincorporated US territory in the western Pacific Ocean since the Organic Guam Act of 1950. After this event, citizens of the territory were granted US citizenship, however, they are not allowed to vote for president, and their congressional representative is a non-voting member. Guam house a major US military base and military position in the Pacific region. Andersen air force base played a major role in the Vietnam war,
According to military.com, PAC-3 stands for: Phased Array Tracking to Intercept of Target (PATRIOT) Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3). It is an air defense program via a guided missile system with long-range, medium to high altitude and designed to counter tactical ballistic missiles, part of a defense mechanism system.
Forces are currently stationed in four prefectures in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions, specifically Kaitaichi base, Hiroshima Prefecture; Izumo base, Shimane Prefecture; Kochi base, Kochi Prefecture; and Matsuyama base, Ehime Prefecture.
The Japanese defense minister, Itsunori Onodera, issued on Friday a new specific order to destroy North Korean missiles consolidating Japan’s position as an US ally in this conflict.