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Poll suggests lack of info on enemy base attack capability

  • February 20, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 5:20 p.m.
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Tokyo, Feb. 20 (Jiji Press)–A Jiji Press opinion survey has suggested that the Japanese public needs more information and explanations about the enemy base attack capability that the government aims to acquire.


According to the February survey, 34.3 pct of all respondents support Japan’s acquisition of the capability and 26.1 pct oppose it, while 39.5 pct, the biggest proportion, said they do not know.


Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s administration is eager for the country to acquire the capability to strike foreign bases used to mount missile or other attacks before the attacks are launched against Japan.


The government hopes to announce its intention of possessing the capability when it revises its National Defense Strategy at year-end.


According to the government’s interpretation, the launch of such an attack on a foreign enemy base is considered an act of self-defense permitted under the war-renouncing Constitution as long as there is no other means.

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