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LDP to propose that Japan acquire “counterstrike capability”

  • April 27, 2022
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Nikkei wrote that the ruling LDP officially agreed on its recommendations for the GOJ on Japan’s strengthened defense capabilities on Tuesday in which the party will urge the government to develop a “counterstrike capability” and aim for a defense budget that is equivalent to 2% or more of GDP. Former Defense Minister Onodera, who heads the LDP’s Research Commission on Security, will submit the recommendations to Prime Minister Kishida on Wednesday or later. According to the paper, the panel recommends using the term “counterstrike capability” to describe the capability to attack enemy bases to differentiate the concept from preemptive strike capability. Yomiuri and Mainichi ran similar reports.

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