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Abe comments on defense capabilities of Japan

  • January 26, 2018
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri wrote that during interpellations at plenary sessions of both Diet chambers on Thursday, Prime Minister Abe reportedly stated that he will strive to strengthen Japan’s defense capabilities by improving the quality of the SDF’s equipment in order to secure the lives and property of the Japanese people in view of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. The premier also reportedly said that Japan will maintain transparency in introducing long-range cruise missiles and Aegis Ashore platforms so as not to raise concerns among its neighbors. When asked whether the introduction of the Aegis Ashore system and other equipment will cause Japan to review its exclusively defense-oriented policy or possess the capability to attack enemy bases, Abe reportedly stated that the exclusively defense-oriented policy is a basic principle of the nation grounded in the spirit of the Constitution and that he has no intention to change the division of roles between the United States and Japan under which Japan depends on the capabilities of the United States to attack enemy bases. Mainichi, Nikkei, and Sankei ran similar reports.

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