U.S. to help Japan develop missile defence system By F. J. Khergamvala The Hindu: 22-09-1998 :: Pg: 16 :: After long years of domestic debate, the Japanese Government has finally decided to take the first concrete step towards acquiring a defence against surface-to-surface missiles. On Sunday the U.S. and Japanese governments finalised an agreement for a joint research to develop the theatre missile defence (TMD) system for Japan, beginning in 1999.
JAPAN MISSILE DEFENSES Voice of America 14 September 1998 -- THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN PRESSING JAPAN TO WORK JOINTLY ON WAYS TO STOP INCOMING BALLISTIC MISSILES. BUT U-S OFFICIALS SAY JAPAN HAS NOT MADE A DECISION WHETHER WORK ON ITS OWN OR WORK WITH THE UNITED STATES.
JAPAN / HIROSHIMA Voice of America 06 August 1998 - THURSDAY MARKED THE 53RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATOMIC BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA, JAPAN, DURING WORLD WAR TWO.