Nov. 27 (UPI) – Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Saturday that Japan would consider enemy base offensive capabilities to bolster defenses, despite critics saying it is against the country’s pacifist constitution.
Kishida told 800 military personnel during a troop review at Camp Asaka near Tokyo that the option for self-defense forces to attack enemy enemy bases will be considered when Japan revises its foreign and security policy, Kyodo News and national broadcaster NHK reported.
November 27 (UPI) – Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Saturday that Japan would consider enemy base offensive capabilities to bolster defenses, despite critics saying it is against the country’s pacifist constitution .
Kishida told 800 military personnel during a troop review at Camp Asaka, near Tokyo, that the option for self-defense forces to attack enemy bases will be considered when Japan revises its foreign and security policy, Kyodo News and reported the national broadcaster NHK.
The military review was downsized for the second year with no parade of tanks or other vehicles due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the attackability of the enemy base is an option the government is considering to increase the necessary defense ability.
Critics say the hostile base’s ability to attack violates Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, imposed on Tokyo after the end of World War II, which renounced war to resolve international disputes and the maintenance of an armed force other than for defense purposes Prohibits.
Still, Kishida said that the enemy base’s ability to attack would be viewed as a safeguard against North Korea’s rapid development of missile technology and its continued ballistic missile firing in violation of UN Security Council resolutions as well as China’s military expansion.
Japan “cannot overlook (North Korea’s) recent development and improvement of new technologies such as hypersonic gliding weapons and irregular orbiting missiles,” said the prime minister.
China continues to strengthen its military “without sufficient transparency” and is making “unilateral attempts to change the status quo,” he added.
Kishida said he had directed the government to its national security strategy and guidelines for the defense program to revise.
On Friday, the Japanese government approved record spending for the military of $ 53.2 billion for the year, 15% more than last year. The new spending plan included missiles, anti-submarine missiles and other weapons.
Last month the Marine Corps launched two F-35B fighter jets from the Japanese warship Izumo, marking the first time since World War II that an aircraft had taken off from a Japanese ship.
During the troop review, Kishida spoke also on the situation in Ethiopia, where the fighting between the government and the Tigray rebels has intensified.
He said that the government had sent a team to Djibouti to find out whether there are Japanese nationals living in Ethiopia must be evacuated by air.