From the Executive Summary:"Very early in 2020, Japan had to manage the Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] outbreak on board the cruise ship Diamond Princess, but due to a strict mitigation regime, the number of domestic casualties remains remarkably low. The medical service of Japan's Self-Defense Forces has contributed substantially to successfully handling the pandemic. Nonetheless, the national fiscal constraints caused by mitigating the Covid-19 impact may have contributed to the recent unexpected announcement by Japan's MOD [Ministry of Defense] on June 15, 2020, that a cornerstone component of Japan's Ballistic Missile Defense, Aegis Ashore, will be halted for unsolved safety issues and budget overrun concerns. This decision affects Japan's defense posture and the Japan-US military alliance while also highlighting the ongoing difficulties to achieve a reasonable balance between the nation's security and the safety concerns of Japan's citizens."
ISPSW Strategy Series: Focus on Defense and International Security, Issue No. 704
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