The Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS, president, Masashi Nishihara) released its policy recommendations on security and defense strategy on July 23. It recommends the drafting of a new national security strategy in light of China’s rapid military buildup and uncertainty in the North Korea situation.
The cabinet approved such a strategy in 2013, but RIPS points out that “the threat to Japan has become much more serious than five years ago.”
The recommendations also include a proposal to increase the defense budget and Self-Defense Forces personnel to strengthen the defense of the Nansei Islands, including the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa, and to reinforce logistic support divisions.
RIPS also advocates strengthening relations with Taiwan, such as through personnel exchanges between defense officials, and acquiring enemy base attack capabilities.