Japan deploys missile defenses in Tokyo



TOKYO – Japan has deployed missile batteries in Tokyo and dispatched destroyers carrying interceptor missiles as it boosts its defenses against a planned North Korean rocket launch this month.

Japan's Self-Defense Force personnel stand by a PAC-3 Patriot missile unit upon its deployment on Japan's southernmost island of Ishigaki in Okinawa, Thursday (April 5, 2012) in preparation for North Korea's rocket launch expected to take place sometime between April 12-16. As the U.S. and its allies decry the planned rocket launch, they're also rushing to capitalize on the rare opportunity it presents to assess the secretive nation's ability to strike beyond its shores. AP Photo/Kyodo News

Pyongyang said it will launch a satellite for peaceful scientific research between April 12 and 16 to mark the 100th anniversary on April 15 of the birth of founding leader Kim Il-Sung.

But the United States and its allies said it is a disguised missile test and that the launch would contravene UN sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea’s missile program.

Patriot missiles were Saturday deployed at three military facilities in the greater Tokyo region and the defence ministry dispatched three Aegis destroyers carrying sea-based interceptor missiles, reportedly to the East China sea
“With the latest step, it completes the deployment of PAC3,” said a duty officer at the defense ministry, referring to the Patriot missiles.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has given the green light to shoot down the North Korean rocket if it threatens Japan’s territory.

In 2009, Japan also ordered missile defense preparations before Pyongyang’s last long-range rocket launch which brought UN Security Council condemnation and tightened sanctions against the isolated communist state.

That rocket, which North Korea also said was aimed at putting a satellite into orbit, passed over Japanese territory without incident or any attempt to shoot it down.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

    What about the Philippines?  What kind of preparation do we have?  Just noise?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNIIN2JRZ4QUXKNTI2QH4XJTIE ae92

       baby rockets and kwitis

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WERIBF2QR5XA54SQP6WD2JLMNI Jon

        our govt are preparing for dubbing of another korean novela… 

    • adrenalyn_high2011

      the best preparation we can afford is  to stay alert…wag tatanga-tanga at wag tutulog-tulog sa pansitan…LOL

  • wotsayu

    The Philippines will deploy their homegrown “patriot missle” better known as Miriam Palma Santiago Defensor.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WERIBF2QR5XA54SQP6WD2JLMNI Jon

    we are preparing for dubbing of another korean novela… 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZUPI47EV6XQTS7PBPF5QXXESP4 yahoo-ZUPI47EV6XQTS7PBPF5QXXESP4

    Tomorrows Headline: Philippines deploy it’s most sophisticated weapon….the flying pilots of 1st Aswang Air Division based in Capiz to intercept N Korea Missile/Satellite……who needs F-16 fighter jets when our pilot can fly on their own :-)

  • abantug

    This is Foreign Aid of North Korea to the Philippines. Metal Debris is an economic sustainability to Filipinos as these could be transformed into Metal Products. The best is to make them into Metal  Coronas and all the Senators can wear wear them like Laurels of the Roman Senate of old.

  • hosay


    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

      The Hiroshima bombing is still fresh in the memory of the Japanese.  But they have long forgotten the “Rape of Nanking” in China and the millions of Koreans they killed.

  • http://twitter.com/judefawley Jude Fawley

    alright fellow Filipinos, let’s start making tunnels for hiding

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