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DPJ chief says no need to intercept North Korean missiles targeting U.S.

(Sankei: June 25, 2015 – p. 5)

 

 Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) leader Katsuya Okada indicated during a BS Fuji TV program on June 24 that under the present laws, since Japan cannot exercise the right to collective self-defense, it will not be able to intercept ballistic missiles fired by North Korea to attack the U.S., and there is no need to revise laws for this purpose. This shows that his thinking is that there is no need for the Self-Defense Forces to work with the U.S. forces to deal with missiles fired at the U.S.

 

 Okada expressed his doubts with regard to survival-threatening situations, which will allow the exercise of the collective defense right under the security bills submitted by the government. He said: “I doubt if missiles fired at the U.S. constitute a survival-threatening situation.” He added: “If you are saying even missiles targeting Guam need to be intercepted, it will be necessary to authorize the full exercise of the collective defense right by revising the Constitution.”

 

 Okada also stated categorically that “there is no need to allow the exercise of the collective defense right at present,” although he conceded that “there is no need to rule this out forever and it is not necessary to eliminate all options for the future.”

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