Japan mulls buying Tomahawk missiles from U.S. in fiscal 2023

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Japan mulls buying Tomahawk missiles from U.S. in fiscal 2023

Japan is considering purchasing Tomahawk cruise missiles from the United States in fiscal 2023, a government source said Monday, instead of the initial plan of buying them over the next several years.

The move appears to reflect that Tokyo wants to put the U.S. developed long-range missiles into practical use as soon as possible to enhance the nation's deterrence as it faces growing military threats from China and North Korea, the source said.

The source said that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida s administration is considering moving the start of the missiles deployment in the country forward from the currently scheduled fiscal 2026.

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