posted on Dec, 9 2004 @ 11:24 PM
Japan is moving closer to a military role for itself as it points to recent actions by China and North Korea as threats to Japan's safety. Although
the Japanese remain reliant on the American nuclear umbrella for protection, the recent actions pave the way for increased cooperation in the area of
missile defense. A few key points are: (1) that the Japanese government is actively reviewing its role in defense, that proliferation concerns with
China and North Korea have been at the forefront of this re-evaluation, (3) that Japan is easing its defense export requirements, and (4) that Japan
is as of now going to remain committed to the US for security protection.
Japan has severed another tie with its post-war pacifist defense posture, with the government adopting new policy guidelines which include a more
active role in international conflicts.
The government said the policy reflected the new threats from global terrorism and the changing world political environment, singling out China and
North Korea as areas of key concern.
''China, which has significant influence on the region's security, is pushing forward its nuclear and missile capabilities and modernization of its
navy and air force,'' the policy outline says, according to a report on the Kyodo news service.
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Although we don't seem to be there yet, more evidence emerges as to the likelihood of an inevitable Japanese military, which will probably include a
role for nuclear weapons. With each step in the escalation of threats Japan faces in East Asia they seem to be moving closer and closer to defending
a Japanese military. Eventually, the Japanese will either lose faith in the American deterrent, or cooperation between Japan and the US will lead to
the creation of an offensive Japanese force,
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[edit on 10-12-2004 by Banshee]