Japan to Expand Arsenal With 400 Tomahawk Missiles

Japan signed a deal with the United States on January 18 to buy up to 400 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Japan will get 200 Block-4 Tomahawk missiles and 200 upgraded Block-5 versions for $2.4 billion. The missiles can be launched from warships and have a 1,000-mile range.

A common enemy: The two countries signed the deal “in response to the increasingly severe security environment,” Japanese Defense Minister Minoru Kihara said.

Japan has worked with the U.S. to build its military in response to threats from Russia, China and North Korea. It approved a record-high military budget for 2024, of which a large portion will be spent on American weapons.

Forgotten history? After it took two atomic bombs to halt Japan’s war machine in World War ii, the U.S. occupied Japan and drafted its Constitution. Gen. Douglas MacArthur was among the U.S. officials adamant that Article 9 be included in the new Constitution.

[T]he Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
—Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution

But American memories of Japan’s wartime fanaticism have faded, and the U.S. is mostly concerned about threats from China and Russia. America today is actually helping Japan’s militarization, hoping it will deter these Asian giants.

Prophecy says: Japan will continue to circumvent Article 9 and militarize, dismantling the barriers set by the U.S. to prevent a repetition of its ruthless militarism. The Bible indicates that Japan will soon put aside its differences with Russia, China and other Asian nations to join a colossal Asian army.

Learn more: Read our Trends article “Why the Trumpet Watches Japan’s March Toward Militarism.”