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Japanese defence minister urges research into how to counter North Korean EMP attack

19 October 2017

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has said that his country must develop the technological capabilities to negate or mitigate the impact of a possible North Korean electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

Speaking to reporters following a 17 October visit to the Electronic Systems Research Center of the Tokyo-based Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency, Onodera said he was particularly interested in explanations about how the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) could respond to North Korean aggressions such as cyber attacks and a possible EMP attack.

“As I believe that the basic technologies are well developed, we will prepare Japan to firmly defend the Japanese people against various attacks by developing technologies,” Onodera was quoted by the MoD in Tokyo as saying.

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