TOKYO – The security situation facing Japan is the most perilous since World War Two because of North Korea’s “unacceptable” provocations, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday and he vowed to bolster defenses to protect the Japanese people, Reuters reports.
“It is not an exaggeration to say that the security environment surrounding Japan is at its severest since World War Two. I will protect the people’s lives and peaceful living in any situation.”
Shinzo Abe compared the threat of North Korea’s missile test-launches to Japan to World War II, when Japan was defeated along with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy by the Allied Forces after the U.S. dropped two nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Japan has been attempting to get the United States and the United Nations to place “wartime” sanctions against North Korea for over a year now, to no avail.
Because of the lack of any serious action against North Korea, Abe has stated he will take new steps to protect Japan defensively, though he did not go into detail what that would entail.
Japan’s government passed a record breaking military budget this year, of 46 billion USD with a majority of that amount to protect Japan from North Korean ICBM’s.
Abe is pushing the Japanese government to amend Japan’s Article 9 of their constitution, which bans any Japanese standing Army for offensive purposes. Though Abe feels it does allow a standing Army for defensive purposes.
“It is absolutely unacceptable that North Korea is trampling the strong desire of Japan and the rest of the international community for peaceful resolutions and continuing with its provocative behavior.”
Shinzo Abe is clearly frustrated with the Trump administration and the United Nations and feels the only way to protect Japan from North Korea, is to acquire missiles that have the capability to strike North Korea and North Korean ships that pose a threat to Japan.
The Japanese government feel it is the duty of the United States and its allies to deal with North Korea and protect Japan.
Japanese Times reported:
In particular, a plan to acquire long-range cruise missiles capable of striking North Korea could set off heated debate in the Diet next year, with critics viewing it as the latest move by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government to loosen postwar security constraints imposed under the pacifist Constitution.
The government has repeatedly denied any intention to possess the ability to strike foreign military bases, saying that Japan leaves that role to the United States, its defense ally.
It is difficult to argue against Shinzo Abe’s views on North Korea, Japan should ready itself to deal with a now, nuclear North Korea.
The Japanese government should not attempt to hide behind the United States and count on our soldiers and military might to protect them, that should fall to each nation.
Shinzo Abe understands Japan is on a time restraint in which if they are not fully ready, they face the wraith of a sociopathic leader in possession of biological and chemical warheads as well as ICBM’s with nuclear warheads.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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