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Japan Mulls Thaad Missile Defense System Amid North Korea Threat

  • Defense Minister Nakatani makes comments in Hawaii, Kyodo says
  • U.S., China squaring off over Thaad deployment in South Korea
Japan's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani.

Japan's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani.

Photographer: Peter Parks -Pool/Getty Images

Japan is considering deployment of the U.S.’s Thaad ballistic missile defense system to counter any potential strike from North Korea, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani told reporters in Hawaii, Kyodo News reported Tuesday.

Nakatani’s comments come as the U.S. and China square off over the possible deployment of the anti-missile system in South Korea -- a source of tension between the world’s two biggest economies as they vie for influence in Asia.