In a major break from its strictly self-defense-only postwar principle, Japan adopted a national security strategy. On Friday, the country declared plans to possess preemptive strike capability and cruise missiles within years to give itself more offensive footing against threats from China and North Korea.
China, North Korea and Russia are directly to its west and north. The strategy of Japan said, “ We face the severest and most complicated national security environment since the end of the war,” , referring to World War II. Japan named China as “the biggest strategic challenge” before North Korea and Russia. It’s Japan’s effort toward ensuring the peace, safety and stability for itself and the international society.
When threats become reality, can the Self-Defense Force fully protect our country?
Possession of the strike-back capability is “indispensable”. As, deterrence to discourage enemy attacks, in a news conference Friday, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida calls it “a major change to Japan’s postwar security policy.”
Kishida said that “When threats become reality, can the Self-Defense Force fully protect our country? Frankly speaking, the current (SDF capability) is insufficient”. also read:-Pakistan calls PM Modi ‘Butcher of Gujarat’ , Terrorist attacks still bears Pakistan’s fingerprints
Under Japan’s new strategy, Japan’s defense spending through 2027 will increase to about 2% of Japan’s GDP to total some 43 trillion yen ($320 billion). Which is 1.6-times that of the current five-year total. The new target sets the NATO standard for defense spending, a budget increase that has been his policy priority since taking office in October 2021, says Kishida.
Japan’s defense buildup has long been considered a sensitive issue
Japan’s postwar policy prioritized the economic growth while keeping its security light by relying on American troops stationed in Japan under their bilateral security agreement. This is because of its wartime past as an aggressor and national devastation after its defeat.
Japan’s defense buildup has long been considered a sensitive issue at home and in the region. Especially, for Asian victims of Japanese wartime atrocities.
But what did experts say ?
But, according to the experts, China’s growing influence, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and fear of Taiwan emergency prompted many Japanese to support increased capability and spending.
Ken Jimbo, a defense expert at Keio University said, “Taiwan emergency and Japan emergency are inseparable”. Noted that Japan’s westernmost island of Yonaguni is only 110 kilometers (70 miles) away from Taiwan.
Rapid advancement of missiles have become “realistic threats” in the region. The strategy said that making interception by existing missile defense systems more difficult . Including one that flew over Japan, North Korea fired more than 30 ballistic missiles this year. Also, China fired five ballistic missiles into waters near Japanese southern islands including Okinawa.