Japan weighs in on post-WWII status quo

Posted On: Dec 9, 2022   |   Posted By: RT

Japan weighs in on post-WWII status quo

The country's defense minister says Tokyo could establish “counterattack capabilities” after decades of professed state pacifism
Japan is considering several options aimed at beefing up its defenses, including the establishment of “ counterattack capabilities, ” the country's Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada has revealed. He cited recent missile launches by North Korea as the reason for this major departure from Tokyo's long-standing pacifist policy.
Speaking during a briefing on Tuesday, Hamada said Japan “ will continue to examine all options - including so-called ‘counterattack capabilities'. ” The minister stressed that the Land of the Rising Sun would not “ rule out anything as we continue to work to fundamentally strengthen our defense abilities. ”
Hamada explained that the need for this major change to the country's defense doctrine had arisen from North Korea's threatening behavior in the region, not least its latest launches of ballistic missiles.

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