February 05, 2023

North Korean threats driving Japan to consider ‘base strike’ capability: Experts

Changes to defense posture could irk neighbors and increase likelihood of DPRK provocations, experts tell NK News

Japan’s ruling party reportedly agreed this week to pursue “enemy base strike capability,” revisiting an oft-discussed change to Japanese defense policy that experts say is driven in part by increasing concerns about North Korea’s growing missile arsenal.

The DPRK almost always launches missiles eastward in the direction of Japan. There have been 11 projectile tests this year, with its latest — a suspected Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) — splashing inside Japan’s exclusive maritime economic zone.