September 16, 2019
 In 2022-Nuclear Disarmament and Emerging Nuclear States

Country: Japan
Delegate Name: Akshat Jain

Country: Japan
Committee: Disarmament & International Security Committee
Topic: Proliferation of Ballistic Missiles
Delegate: Akshat Jain
School: Forest Hills Northern High School
While ballistic missiles are not as dangerous as nuclear weapons, they still pose a major threat to countries as they carry nuclear warheads. They are only going to become more destructive as technological advances and further research continue. The main reason why these missiles are so dangerous is mainly because of the lack of regulations. Overcoming the challenge posed by these missiles is a daunting task.

Japan has different Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) systems in place, including the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) as mechanisms to defend against ballistic missile attacks. After the recent North Korean missile launch over Japan, the need to increase Japan’s missile defense has become apparent. Enhancing these defenses makes tactical, political, and economical sense as the prevention of casualties is politically paramount. Japan supports the reduction of ballistic missiles.

Japan believes that over time, the proliferation of ballistic missiles will slow and countries will agree to reduce the number of ballistic missiles in possession. Japan wants to see more regulations toward the usage of these missiles, the number of missiles countries can possess, and what circumstances they can be used for. Japan believes that with these regulations in place, the threat of ballistic missiles will lessen.