Although, Japan is not known to have this defense capability, Japan’s defense minister has clarified, it can legally do so.
On Thursday, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera stated the country could legally intercept a North Korean missile headed towards Guam.
The remark was reported by Japan’s Kyodo news service.
Onodera also told a parliament committee in Japan’s lower house that Japan would be allowed to hit a missile headed towards the U.S. Pacific territory if it was judged to be an existential threat.
This essentially is a reiteration of the Japanese government’s position on the issue.
According to experts, Japan is not known to currently have the capability to shoot down a missile flying over its territory.