Japan has discussed a long-range layer for ground-based ballistic-missile defense since the 1990s. And the highly contentious idea of creating a capacity to hit such enemy weapons before launch has been around for more than a decade. Both are now becoming serious possibilities. A committee of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party urged both measures on the Japanese government at the end of March. In the past few weeks, a series of official leaks has shown that the government agrees. It has ...

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