TOKYO ($1=148.83 Japanese Yens) — Japan intends not to give in to the claims of China and Taiwan, as well as the provocations of North Korea regarding the rugged Senkaku, or so-called rocky islands. The Senkaku Islands are located in the East China Sea, are uninhabited, and are the farthest point from Japan.
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However, China has a claim to ownership of the islands. In China, these islands are known as Diaoyu. Japan first declared its territorial claims over the islands immediately after the end of the Sino-Japanese War in 1895. Later, Taiwan was also included in the list of claims and did not recognize Japanese ownership of the islands.
However, Japan managed to acquire three of the disputed islands nearly 10 years ago. Then the private owner of the islands gives them to the Japanese government. This leads to an increase in tension along the China-Taiwan-Japan axis. China’s response was not long in coming. Beijing makes a decision and declares the island group an integral part of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone. This happens a year later.
Another provocateur has emerged in recent years. North Korea regularly launches ballistic missiles, but just a month ago, Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile that flew over Japan, toward the Seikaku Islands.
Tokyo is determined to defend its rights, and the Ministry of Defense commissioned the development of a hypersonic missile with an increased range. The missile must hit a target over 1,000 km away.
The main characteristics that Japanese engineers will try to follow in the development of the missile are the following: difficult to intercept, the warhead of the missile to be separated at a high altitude, and the motion of the missile to be erratic. Last but not least, the missile must glide at a hypersonic speed toward the target.
The future Japanese missile will not be the only means of defense against the rocky islands. Already last year, Tokyo decided to increase the range of its cruise missiles also beyond 1,000 km. The American Tomahawk missiles, which have a range of up to 2,500 km, also came under the attention of Japan. Most likely, according to informed sources in Japan, Tokyo will purchase an additional amount of them.
Japan is currently developing so-called standoff missiles. Japan hopes these missiles will be launched from three types of missile launchers – land-based, naval and air-based.
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