Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announces “strike option” despite the pacifist constitution

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says he will strengthen Japan’s defense posture by considering “all options” including the acquisition of “enemy base attack capability” that indicates a potential shift from the postwar pacifist constitution. Repeated his commitment.

In him Policy speech Fumio Kishida announced on December 6 that the government will revise its national security strategy, defense program outline, and medium-term defense plan in about a year.

Fumio Kishida first said, “We will realistically consider all options, including possessing the so-called enemy base attack capability, without excluding the possibility, and fundamentally strengthen the defense capability with a sense of speed.” Repeated the commitment expressed in the unit. November review.

Acquiring the ability to attack an enemy base is controversial in Japan because it can violate the constitution that abandons the national war. Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution contains a “war ban” clause that prohibits the use of force or intimidation as a means of resolving international disputes.

The Japanese Cabinet recently approved a request for an additional defense budget of 770 billion yen ($ 6.8 billion), bringing the total defense budget to 6.1 trillion yen ($ 53.2 billion). The goal was to strengthen Japan’s defense against the threat of North Korean missiles and China’s increasingly aggressive maritime activities.

Fumio Kishida also talked about his willingness to build a “constructive and stable relationship” with China and encourage China to “responsible action”, and talked about the tensions between former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on China and Taiwan on December 1. I repeated my remarks.

Prime Minister Abe had previously warned China that Japan and the United States could not wait, given that if China invaded Taiwan, which China claims, an armed invasion of Taiwan would pose a serious threat to Japan.

Fumio Kishida said, “I tell China what I have to say, urge me to act responsibly, and at the same time cooperate with common interests and aim to build a constructive and stable relationship.” ..

The Prime Minister also added that he aims to develop Japan-Russia relations by resolving territorial disputes and concluding a peace treaty, and continues to call on North Korea to “strengthen appropriate responses.”

“I will visit the United States as soon as possible and meet with President Biden to further strengthen the deterrence and responsiveness of the Japan-US alliance, which is the foundation of peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, and certainly the international community.” He said.

Last month, the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) and the US Navy conducted the first joint anti-submarine warfare exercise in the South China Sea, strengthening its capabilities in conflict seas, where China claims sovereignty in almost every region. that.

Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers, JS Kaga and JS Murasame, P-1 maritime patrol aircraft and unnamed submarines participated in joint training with the US Navy’s USS Milias and P-8A maritime patrol aircraft. Presentation November 16th.

Aldograph Redley