Self-Defense Forces have repeatedly failed to detect the trajectory of North Korean missiles and become the laughing stock of Japanese media.

 Self-Defense Forces have repeatedly failed to detect the trajectory of North Korean missiles and become the laughing stock of Japanese media.

[Global Times correspondent Sun Xiuping in Japan, Global Times correspondent Kim Huizhen] The self-defense forces of Japan, who believed that they had high military level, failed to detect the trajectory of North Koreas missile launch in time many times and became the laughing stock of Japanese media. According to Kyodo News Agency, 23, since May this year, North Korea has launched several new short-range missiles in 10 days, some of which have a range of up to Japan, but the Japanese Self-Defense Force has failed to detect the exact orbit of the North Korean missile after launching.

Reported that from May to September this year, North Korea launched several flying objects. Compared with the previous launches, the shapes and performances of these flying objects are different. Moreover, because the flight altitude is less than 60 km, neither the Aegis vessel nor the Aviation Self-Defense Force radar, which is responsible for the surveillance in the Sea of Japan, has detected it. On the contrary, from the location and orbit of North Koreas launch, South Korea is more likely to detect relevant intelligence.

According to the South Korean military, North Korea launched new short-range ballistic missiles from May to September, such as KN23, new missiles similar to American tactical surface-to-surface missiles (ATACMS), and multiple rocket launchers. Among them, KN23 range can reach the Japanese mainland, and due to irregular orbits, the relevant Japanese Self-Defense Force departments did not detect.

The importance of the Korea-Japan Agreement on the Protection of Military Intelligence (GISOMIA) has been highlighted because North Korea has failed to detect missile launches many times. Is it urgent for Japan now? South Koreas Pioneer Economy Daily and other media reported on Wednesday that after the missile launch by North Korea on 24 January, then Japanese Defense Minister Iwaya was asked whether the suspension of GIS OMIA had an impact on Japans intelligence collection and analysis. He claimed that the validity period of GIS OMIA is not until November, so it is not affected.

The Japanese government has always maintained that GIS OMIA is only an auxiliary tool for Japan. The fact is that the suspension of GSOMIA will have a considerable impact on Japans defense sector. In order to fill the vacancy, the Japanese government is seeking to strengthen Japans intelligence-gathering capacity with North Korea through cooperation with American civilian (reconnaissance) satellite enterprises.

Missile expert Yang Chengjun told the Global Times that the Japanese medias concerns are understandable. First of all, South Korea borders North Korea and has innate advantages in gathering information from North Korea. In addition to the Sade anti-missile system deployed by the United States in South Korea, it is relatively easy for Japan to obtain military information from North Korea through South Korea. However, after South Korea decided to discontinue GIS OMIA, without the help of Sade system and the fact that North Koreas military strength is not weak, Japans military reconnaissance capability has been greatly weakened. But we need to be alert that the Japanese media hype failed to detect North Korean missiles, in fact, its ultimate goal may be to create an excuse for the Abe government to amend the Constitution and pave the way for the development of Japans own military power.

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