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Proposals for acquisition of “offensive” weapons systems will likely provoke fierce debate

  • January 6, 2018
  • , Mainichi
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Saturday morning’s Mainichi took up growing calls among some LDP politicians and Defense Ministry officials for converting the MSDF destroyer Izumo into an aircraft carrier and introducing electronic warfare aircraft, projecting that these ideas will spark fierce debate when the GOJ begins a full review of the current National Defense Program Guidelines by the end of this year. Although the proponents say the proposals are aimed at countering China’s military rise and North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, others are cautious since the two systems can be used as “offensive weapons,” which Japan is prohibited from possessing under the Constitution. The daily expressed concern that if these proposals are adopted, they could undermine the nation’s exclusively defense-oriented policy.

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