The American missile defense shield being stationed in Eastern Europe has gotten some notice lately. Apparently, another country is working to defend itself from attack. Japan is one of the first nations in the world to create a missile shield.
If Japan tries and fails to take out a North Korean rocket it will be an international humiliation and a crushing blow to the expensive missile defence programme, which is already expected to surpass its estimated cost of as much as $8.9 billion (£6.3 billion) by 2012. If it succeeds it will rattle China, which already fears that the combined US-Japan missile defence effort will undermine its own limited nuclear deterrent.