Japan to Purchase of About 400 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles From US

SputnikNews.com reports: “Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada confirmed the government’s plan to purchase 400 Tomahawk missiles ‘to strengthen self-defense capabilities.’

The defense chief’s statement sparked criticism from the opposition, who requested that Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida explain how they arrived at this exact figure.

‘We are considering the purchase of at most 400 missiles,’ the prime minister specified.

Previously Japanese media reported that Tokyo is considering acquiring up to 400 US Tomahawk cruise missiles, сiting members of the nation’s opposition parties.

Last week, Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada announced plans to sign a contract with the United States to buy Tomahawk cruise missiles through Washington’s foreign military sales program. The Japanese authorities hope the contract will be signed in fiscal year 2023, which starts on April 1…”

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