The Japanese government intends to purchase from the United States up to 500 American-made Tomahawk cruise missiles with a range of up to 2.5 thousand km by April 2027. The newspaper reported “Yomiuri” with reference to sources in the government of the two countries.
As the publication clarifies, with the help of these missiles, Japan expects to create conditions for exercising the right to launch preventive strikes against the bases of a potential enemy. It is noted that the supply of American Tomahawks is associated with the rapid development of the DPRK’s missile program.
According to the newspaper, the supply of missiles was discussed during negotiations between Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and US President Joe Biden, which took place on November 13 in Cambodia. During the meeting, Mr. Biden said that Tokyo is a priority buyer of American weapons, and stressed Washington’s intention to ensure a stable supply of missiles.
Earlier, the Ministry of Defense of Japan requested a budget for the next fiscal year (April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024) in the amount of 5.595 trillion (about $41.4 billion). This is the largest defense budget in Japanese history. According to Japanese media reports, as part of the military modernization program, the government of the country intends to purchase missiles from the United States. Tokyo’s missile buildup program will be a response to the missile threat from North Korea, which has the ability to strike at US allies.
For more details, see Kommersant’s article “Japan is tired of being weak.”