Abe Vows Best Efforts to Protect People amid N. Korea Threat

Abe Vows Best Efforts to Protect People amid N. Korea Threat

   Nagato, Yamaguchi Pref., Aug. 12 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed on Saturday to do everything to protect the people amid the growing missile threat of North Korea.
   "We're doing all we can to protect the people's lives and their property," Abe told reporters during a visit to the western city of Nagato, a part of his constituency in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
   With North Korea considering a plan to fire intermediate-range ballistic missiles over western Japan into waters around the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam, the Japanese government has decided to deploy Patriot Advanced Capability-3, or PAC-3, ground-to-air interceptor batteries in a total of four prefectures in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions.
   Abe is scheduled to stay in Yamaguchi through Monday amid the Bon holiday period in the country.
   On Saturday morning, he visited the grave of his father, former Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe, in Nagato.

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