US, Japan vow further missile defense cooperation

Japan and the United States will work closely to develop a joint missile defense shield against the threat posed by North Korea, the top US commander in the Pacific said Wednesday. Adm. William Fallon of the Hawaii-based US Pacific Command also said during a meeting in Tokyo with Japan's foreign minister that the allies should continue bolstering defense cooperation, according to ministry official Hiroyuki Mase. Fallon was responding to Foreign Minister Taro Aso's request that the two countries cooperate further in response to North Korea's missile tests last month, Mase said.