According to a recent poll, more than 90% of Japanese adults believe that Japan needs to be prepared for an emergency response in case Beijing decides to invade Taiwan.
Japanese Media According to a May 27-29 poll by Nikkei Asia, 50% of respondents said Japan on the question of how Japan would prepare for the possibility of China’s invasion of Taiwan. Said that it should be done as much as possible within the scope of existing law. In addition, 41% said that Japan should improve its responsiveness, such as by amending the Constitution as necessary. Together, more than 90% said they believe Japan needs to prepare for Taiwan’s emergencies, and 60% also support Japan’s possession of its own Counter-Strike capability. did.
In the event of an emergency in Taiwan, Japan may act in accordance with the provisions of peace and security legislation. This threatens Japan’s peace and security, or international peace and security.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also publicly expressed his support for Taiwan.
Prime Minister Abe said in a video conference with President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China on March 22: It’s a problem, and the Japan-US alliance also has a problem. Of course, this is a way of expressing my own sense of urgency, and I myself advocated the concept of a free and open Indo-Pacific. “
Three reasons why Japan wants to support Taiwan
So why does Japan strongly support Taiwan?
In an interview with The Epoch Times on June 1, Sutsuun, a deputy researcher at the Taiwan National Defense and Safety Institute, said there were three main reasons.
First, by defending the common values of democracy, as the democratic regime is currently under threat of CCP authoritarianism and it is clear that the CCP is trying to expand its authoritarian dominance. There is, Mr. Sue said.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) said, “We are using democratic means to destroy democracy and freedom of speech to destroy it.”
“As former US President Donald Trump said, the Chinese Communist Party destroys free trade through free trade. In other words, through unfair competition. Therefore, these evil acts of the Chinese Communist Party are that it is an economy. It’s on the same line, whether it’s on the political, political, or military side, “he added. United States and Australia.
In addition, Sue said the CCP is exporting a model of digital authoritarianism, including exporting surveillance technology to some monarchies in the Middle East that are concerned about democracies.
In addition, he continued, the CCP is acting as an irresponsible member of the international community. By creating another rule, we would like to overturn the stability of the international community based on the rule.
When the United States invited China to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Sue said he initially wanted to implement political reforms after the CCP had achieved economic development. But instead of following the right path, the Chinese Communist Party is increasingly deviating from democracy and threatening human civilization.
“In my observation, this is not just a matter of the Taiwan Strait, but a so-called unification issue. The issue of the Taiwan Strait is the competition between democracy and authoritarianism, and that is the key.”
According to Sue, the second reason for Japan’s supportive attitude is that it does not consider national security interests.
Japan obtains 90% of crude oil and 76% of natural gas, depending on the waterways that run from the South China Sea to the waters around Taiwan. Exports to Europe are more dependent on this channel, Sue said.
“That’s why the Japanese political elite believes,’If Taiwan has a problem, then Japan has a problem.’ That’maritime lifeline’really depends on Taiwan’s security,” Sue said. I mentioned it in detail.
He believes that CCP’s military expansionism is another reason Japan favors Taiwan.
Mr Sue said the Chinese Communist Party is obsessed with military expansion and believes that only military expansion guarantees national security, which poses a real threat to world peace.
Democratic camps are now forming stronger alliances under the threat of CCP.
“Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is a very good analogy. He has achieved what neither Trump nor Biden can do, that is, unite NATO as a whole,” Sue explained.
Deregulation of export restrictions on defense equipment
May 28th article The Japan Times The Japanese government has said it is discussing further relaxation of defense equipment export control measures in the hope of strengthening cooperation with its allies and strengthening deterrence against the Chinese Communist Party.
In 2014, Japan enacted three principles on the transfer of defense equipment technology as a first step to ease export bans, but still banned the export of deadly weapons.
According to these principles, exports to countries that have not jointly developed weapons with Japan are limited to equipment for rescue, transport, warning, surveillance, and minesweeping missions.
Sue told the Epoch Times that there is currently no direct military cooperation between Taiwan and Japan. Assuming Japan will eventually relax its export rules, Taiwan may consider buying a submarine from Japan.
“The performance of Japanese submarines is excellent and will be a very important defense tool for Taiwan in combating this asymmetric warfare. [with the CCP],” He said.
“Japan’s electronic technology is also so advanced that the second category Taiwan should consider is electronic warfare equipment,” Su continued. “(And) there is another cooperation that can be achieved relatively easily in the short term: strategic intelligence cooperation.”
Sue believes that Taiwan and Japan may first initiate economic security cooperation before prior to military cooperation.
“This is because we want to ensure that bilateral cooperation is solid and steady,” he explained.