Japan to buy US-made Tomahawk missiles amid China challenges
28 February 2023 | 1:37 pm
The Japanese government said it intends to purchase 400 Tomahawk missiles from the US. Tokyo recently updated its largely pacifist security policy, citing the challenges posed by China.
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