The Japanese and U.S. governments are considering installing an X-band radar system at an Air Self-Defense Force base in western Japan in a bid to build up the missile defense system to counter the North Korean missile threat, several sources close to bilateral relations said Saturday.
The Kyogamisaki sub base in Kyotango, located on the Sea of Japan coast, has been picked as the best place to deploy the large-scale U.S. radar unit as it is likely that a North Korean missile targeting Guam or Hawaii will fly over western or central parts of Japan.
X-band radar, capable of precisely tracking the trajectory of a ballistic missile, allows U.S. forces to launch intercept missiles from the ground and sea once a ballistic missile has been detected. Guam and Hawaii are strategically important strong-points for the U.S. military.
According to Japan's Coast Guard, the island, close to the Ogasawara archipelago, emerged as a result of undersea volcanic eruptions far south of Tokyo on November 20th and has since grown 3.7 times. (voiceofrussia.com )
Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday they have arrested four individuals in Ebina, in connection with a robbery case in which a pregnant woman on her way home was struck in the face and robbed of approximately 100,000 yen in cash. (Japan Today )
Yoko Ono says her own bitter experience in Japan during World War II inspired her to support WhyHunger's "Imagine There's No Hunger" campaign to fight childhood hunger around the world. (abcnews.go.com )
Japanese police arrested former sumo ozeki Kotomitsuki on Wednesday on suspicion of violating the immigration law by employing foreigners illegally at a barbecue restaurant he runs in Nagoya, central Japan. (Jiji Press )