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POLITICS: Japan steps up military role

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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]

posted on Dec, 10 2004 @ 01:46 AM
I read awhile back that the US is actually asking Japan to restart it's military at least on a limited basis. Personally I believe what you will see is something that will be limited in large scale offensive use but more of a supplement so US forces can just stage out of Japan rather than having to protect it as well

posted on Dec, 10 2004 @ 03:21 AM
Japan back into "war-politics" after more that fifty years - that is sign of approaching world war IMHO. Different countries are testing their new weapons lately - where do we go from here???

posted on Dec, 10 2004 @ 03:31 PM
Perhaps contrary to what this article alludes to, Japan is actually undergoing a military downsizing. Recently Japan's threat focus was shifted from the former Soviet Union, to the now more real threats of China and Korea. However simultaneously, Tokyo outlined a record cut in defense spending, and an overhaul of the economic efficiency of the Japanese military. Smaller, better, cheaper, and more focused on real threats seems to be the new slogan for Japan's national defense. This article explains further.

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