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PM Kishida expresses intent to change wording of “capability to attack enemy bases” 

  • February 19, 2022
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The Saturday editions of all national dailies reported that the GOJ has begun considering changing the phrase “the capability to attack enemy bases,” which it is hoping to possess for the purpose of self-defense, in its security strategy. Prime Minister Kishida reportedly expressed his intent to revise the expression during a Diet session on Friday. Yomiuri wrote that the move is based on the thinking that the targets of attack in modern warfare are no longer simply “enemy bases,” adding that it is also aimed at avoiding using an expression that could be construed as meaning “preemptive attacks.” Yomiuri wrote that the GOJ is planning to use the new wording in its National Security Strategy that it plans to update at the end of the year. According to Yomiuri, the idea has emerged within the ruling coalition of using the words “strike capability” or “deterrence,” which can apply to both offense and defense. The paper added that by omitting the word “attack” and stressing Japan’s exclusively defensive posture, the GOJ is hoping to obtain public understanding for possessing such a capability. 

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