Japan plans to acquire medium-range air-to-surface missiles, expanding its attack capability to North Korea.
The announcement by Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera comes amid North Korea's missile tests and tensions between nations.
The missiles will be deployed in the country's fighter fleet and will have a range of up to 1,000 km (3281 feet).
The measure is likely to be controversial, since Japan limits its armed forces to self-defense. 19659007] But conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pushed in recent months to loosen the country's military restrictions, imposed after World World Two.
The new laws introduced by Mr. Abe will soon allow a broader interpretation of what the constitution does, and do not allow it.
For the time being, Japan's long-range missiles can only reach 300 km.
Mr. Onodera said that the new missiles would be for defense purposes, and that Japan continues to rely on the United States to attack any enemy bases.
"We are planning to introduce the JSM (Joint Strike Missile) missile that will be mounted on the F-35A (poaching) as missiles & # 39; stand-off & # 39; that can be fired beyond the reach of threats enemies, "he said at a press conference.
The JSM has a range of approximately 500 km. Japan also plans to bademble its F-15 fighters made in the United States with the Joint-to-Surface missile missile missile (JASSM-ER), which has a range of 1,000 km.
Abe's move to dilute water the country's anti-aggression rules have faced opposition in parliament, but government officials say Japan needs an effective deterrent for North Korea, which has tested long-range ballistic missiles about Japan.
North Korea is seeking to mount a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile, raising international alarms.