Japan has only about 60% of missile stockpiles deemed sufficient to intercept enemy ballistic missiles, the Defense Ministry said, in a call for urgent resupply amid military threats from North Korea and the China.
In a rare move for the ministry, an official revealed the estimated ammunition sufficiency rate to reporters on Friday, as Prime Minister Fumio Kishida aims to update the government’s long-term security and diplomacy policy by the end of this year and to provide a broader defence. budget to strengthen the country’s defense capabilities.
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