Citing threats from North Korea and China, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday pledged to strengthen his country’s defense capabilities. Kishida said the security situation around Japan was changing rapidly with the presence of 800 soldiers at the Asala camp of the Japanese Ground Defense Force. To strengthen our defense capability, we will not rule out options such as the ability to attack enemy bases, he said.
Fumio said Kishida had ordered a review of Japan’s medium – term security plan and national security and security guidelines. North Korea has recently tested several sophisticated rockets, raising the possibility that Japan’s current missile defense may be ineffective. This may force the government to consider new options.
Capable of penetrating enemy territory
Among the new options, the government includes the ability to launch missiles at enemy territory. Japan’s pacifist constitution allows only defensive capabilities and rejects defensive attacks. Government talking options will only be used if it is confirmed that Japan is under attack. Kishida said we cannot ignore how North Korea has developed new technologies such as hypersonic weapons and missile launchers.
China is strengthening its military presence in the absence of transparency
The Japanese Prime Minister shared his concerns about China during his speech at the camp between Tokyo and the province of Saitama. He said in the absence of transparency, China was unilaterally trying to change the status quo while strengthening its military might. He said the most important duty of our Armed Forces was to ensure the security of Japan’s land, water and airspace and to protect the property and lives of its people.
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