Japan should introduce surveillance drones and marine force as the country’s military strategy, a defense review paper reports, stressing the concerns over China and North Korea.
The same document mentions the need for better defense against missile attacks. Constitutionally, Japan’s military has only a defense role. Still, after, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s latest win of the upper house elections, there are concerns that these rules might change and anger the world power neighbors.
Japan is involved in a decade-long territorial dispute with China and is also concerned over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, the international media notes. The report quoted by the media is part of a defense review ordered by Shinzo Abe and the final proposals are due to be brought forward in December. On Sunday, Abe won back control of Japan’s Upper House, meaning he now controls parliament and would be in a stronger position to reshape Japan’s current defense strategy.
But Abe has indicated he wants to re-examine the role of Japan’s military to meet the changing security environment in the Asia-Pacific region.
“This will guide the focus of the direction that the Self Defence Forces should be heading going forward”, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said regarding the report.
“Japan needs to enhance its ability to respond to ballistic missile attacks in a comprehensive manner,” Kyodo news agency quoted the report as saying.