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It is a purely defensive system needed to protect the lives and property of our people. It does not present a threat to Russia or other neighboring countries. We have explained our thinking to Russia.

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Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, denying Russian claims that Japan's plan to buy a U.S.-developed ballistic missile defense system poses any threat to the region.

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Russia has some nerve, they sent up their Cosmo Drone into space today. Its signal knocked nearly 20 smaller nation satellites out of their designated areas therefore blinding those nations. Now Russia is saying they lost the Cosmo Drone. Yeah right, cosmo drone did its job. Its all about the end game with Russia. Japan is doing right. Arm yourself ...

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Define "Missile defense system". If those are missiles programed to hit other missiles, why could they not be re-programed to strike vehicles, buildings, nuclear plants?? Everyone is pretending to be innocent but at the same time assuming the other is an idiot unable of logical thinking. Who is the greatest fool in this cyclic statements exchange, I wonder...

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With NK, China, and Russia as neighbors, it’s a wonder Japan doesn’t develop a 2000 nuke defense arsenal to ensure its safety. Literally the worst neighbors on Earth.

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... you left out the US (under Trump management) on your list.

I'd rather no countries had these er, defensive WMDs. But you know, we humans are a stupid, selfish species.

It's all about money and flexing muscles, unfortunately.

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If those are missiles programed to hit other missiles, why could they not be re-programed to strike vehicles, buildings, nuclear plants??

Not only programmed, but purpose-built and designed.

No, by nature of their design, they cannot be used in a ground attack role. Surface to surface missiles with greater range and destructive power already exist for a fraction of the price.

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With NK, China, and Russia as neighbors, it’s a wonder Japan doesn’t develop a 2000 nuke defense arsenal to ensure its safety. Literally the worst neighbors on Earth.

Your not kidding. Although anywhere in the Middle East is not exactly ideal either.

Russia has some nerve, they sent up their Cosmo Drone into space today. Its signal knocked nearly 20 smaller nation satellites out of their designated areas therefore blinding those nations. Now Russia is saying they lost the Cosmo Drone. Yeah right, cosmo drone did its job. Its all about the end game with Russia. Japan is doing right. Arm yourself ...

Just read about that, although not the fact they knocked out all these other satellites. Its interesting that apparently it was carrying satellites from NATO countries, Japan and Russia. Bit risky isn't it? Allowing Russia to have access to your satellites? Its been going on a long time so there must be checks and balances I suppose.

I imagine this failure will encourage other countries to provide the same services that Russia provides. There's a handy new industry for Japan for instance, perhaps on one of those 480 islands ;)

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Define "Missile defense system". If those are missiles programed to hit other missiles, why could they not be re-programed to strike vehicles, buildings, nuclear plants??

They'd need a different warhead, inside a re-entry body, different sensor systems, and different manouvering systems.

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Different propulsion, guidance, launch platform...

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