Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya bows in apology to Akita governor Norihisa Satake on June 17 for measurement errors committed by his ministry over site selection for the Aegis Ashore missile defence system. Photo: Kyodo

Aegis Ashore missile defence site in northern Japan could be 5 metres underwater if tsunami hits, minister confirms

  • Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya says the site, in Akita Prefecture, would need to be reinforced against a possible natural disaster
  • The latest revelation comes as Iwaya apologised for the erroneous selection process for the site, which was made using incorrect Google Earth data
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Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya bows in apology to Akita governor Norihisa Satake on June 17 for measurement errors committed by his ministry over site selection for the Aegis Ashore missile defence system. Photo: Kyodo
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.