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Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 - 14:00


Deployment of Aegis Ashore and Japan’s Defense System

Language: The Speech and Q&A will be in English

US vice president Mike Pence said during his short visit to Tokyo last month "The United States is committed to provide Japan with additional cutting-edge defense systems. Our nations are now working together to deliver these new defense systems as quickly as possible".

Pence was referring to the Aegis Ashore system, and his remarks came just a week after a U.S. military missile intercept test failed in Hawaii.

Although the missiles tests failed, Japan is going ahead with its plan to introduce the costly Aegis Ashore system on its soil.

Tokyo wants to deploy SM-3 Block IIA missiles to counter the rising missile and nuclear threat posed by North Korea, but is the system really as effective as it is expected to be? And to what degree would this defense system protect Japan?

To know more about this issue, we invited: Lance Gatling, President, Nexial Research, an aerospace and defense consulting service. He is a descendant of the Gatling gun's inventor.

Grant Newsham, Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies with a particular focus on Asia/Pacific defense and security matters

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/members' guest is 1,750/2,700 yen; non-members eligible to attend may pay in cash after making an email reservation (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). (Menu:roast pork with gravy sauce.) Reservations canceled less than one hour in advance for working press members, and 24 hours for all others, will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. For meal service, please enter the room by 12:25.

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Lance Gatling                      Grant Newsham


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