Japan won't rule out counterattack capabilities to strengthen defence, minister says

Japan's Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada arrives at Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's official residence in Tokyo, Japan August 10, 2022. REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Japan won't rule out any options, including counterattack capabilities, as it looks to strengthen its defences in the face of repeated missile launches from North Korea, Defence Minister Yasukazu Hamada said on Tuesday.

"In light of this situation, we will continue to examine all options - including so-called 'counterattack capabilities' and not rule out anything as we continue to work to fundamentally strengthen our defence abilities," Hamada told a briefing.

Reporting by Kantaro Komiya; Writing by David Dolan Editing by Chang-Ran Kim

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