North Korean missiles to Hawaii
OK, remember where the missiles including Taepodong 2 landed in with the picture below. Memorize the shape of Hokkaido, a northern island of Japan if you are not familiar with the geography there. The missles landed around Hokkaido island.
And then, take a look at the pic below:
Woops! Kim Jong Il sees Hawaii!
Following many bloggers, I also agree with the expectation that he is just a wuss and the military is the talker this time. North Korea withdrew an aid for the developent of nuclear factories in 1990s by launching a missle, so they are scrounging again. (After writing this, I read an opinion about how well Kim Jong Il is handling the military. That opinion seemed convincing. So I'd refrain from careless conclusion this time.)
It's obvious for you if you're American to cooperate with Japan and let Japan intercept missiles before reaching out to Hawaii. Same discussion can be applied to Australia. I know that Vegemites are very concerned about the missiles, too. France and Germany are such foolish pacifists that they can't acknowledge this fact because they think cold war already ceased entirely. The world is easy if so.
The unique radar "FPX-XX" with a mailed surface is called "Gamera radar" after a tortoise monster in a Japanese movie. With phased array antennas, it was designed to follow the trajectory of ICBMs without swinging antennas, and it has been installed in Chiba prefecture, a suburb of Tokyo. If you're American, just think about maintaining cost for those systems overseas on your own in order to block ICBMs from China or North Koera aiming at the land of America; you can't afford to them unless you are happy to dissipate limited budget. Japan has been doing such a only "soft defense" because of their strict constitution, yet it's an improvement in spite of being surrounded by hysterical anti-war movements which try to undermine the ally between Japan and America.
Anyway, this may be a revolutionary change of the relation between Japan and America. It used to be a one-way protection regime: America protecting Japan. The concept of mutual protection, however, surely promises America that the new ally pays off.