Japan Considers Formalizing Self-Defence Forces Into Full-Fledged Military To Deal With North Korea

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Japan Considers Formalizing Self-Defence Forces Into Full-Fledged Military To Deal With North Korea

The Eastern Army Flying Corps’ Fourth Anti-Tank Helicopter Squad of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces. Photograph from Monsieur Ashiya/ Flickr

The United States does not want war with North Korea, the US Secretary of Defense said during his visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone, as he warned Pyongyang to stop threatening “catastrophe” with its nuclear weapons.

James Mattis made the brief comments standing next to South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo on October 27, describing Kim Jong-un’s leadership as an “oppressive regime” that mistreats its people while its neighbour to the south offers a vibrant democracy.

“Our goal is not war but rather the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,” Mattis was quoted as saying by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency at Panmunjom village.

Across the sea of Japan, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised strong “counter-measures” against North Korea, after winning a decisive victory in October 22 election. Japanese Prime Minister had called an early election for a greater mandate to deal with “crises”, focusing on the growing threat from Pyongyang.

Shinzo Abe has previously called for the country’s armed forces to be formalized, a controversial move which he says is needed to strengthen Japan’s defense but which critics say is a step towards re-militarisation. Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) coalition with the Komeito party has won 313 of the 465 seats in the lower house of Japan’s parliamentary Diet – which gives them the power to table a revision to the constitution.

Tensions between North Korea and the US and its allies have risen sharply in recent weeks following a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang, including its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 and two missile launches over Japan, a US ally.

Despite North Korean threats to shoot down American planes flying near the Korean Peninsula outside of the country’s airspace border, following a war of words between North Korean and US leaders, the US and South Korean planes are still conducting reconnaissance. The US are increasing their presence in the region, wary of the fact that the new missile developed by Pyongyang may be able to reach the US West Coast, according to russian lawmaker who returned from a visit to North Korea earlier this month.

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  • Enkidu

    Can’t wait for the new Japanese Empire, they deserve it.

    • Solomon Krupacek

      never

    • testera

      They deserve things they did to others.

    • Brother Ma

      I dont think so. I seem to remember that japan was constitutionally banned from an army. Then us decided it needed japan and hey presto japan gets to send troops overseas again.
      Bad idea.japan can not be trusted.

  • Mountains

    Lol. My strongest advice to them is.. Don’t try it at home. Attempting anything stupid on North Korea will be a mistake. You don’t know who his assisting them or what type of rakats that will be sent Japan’s way.

    North Korea can flatten TOKYO and Yokohama completely to the ground. China might even take some hits at Japan.

    What most people don’t understand is that attack on North korea is equal to attacking China due to the geo-locations. If you hit north Korea it’s equal as hitting China and especially with Nuke hence alot of Chinese will die (Nobody in this time and era wants anything with china).. China don’t want anyone attacking emotionally NK and especially with Nukes it’s right on their borders and so close that they are almost a tiny province of china.

    So My advice towards fat-boy trump and others stay away and don’t try it at home..

    Honestly speaking Japan can entirely get wipped off the map completely and literally speaking if it attempts to pisses of NK and China

  • Mountains

    Japan might be into Hantai, Manga, anime and stuff like that which is cool but hey this is real world. Kim jung-un can delete tokyo from the earth less then an hour and kill 20-mio just like that.

    Japan should keep selling it’s cars and building it’s finances and forget about all this. Uncle sam will definitely flee in such a scenairo nor do they dare to go against angered china so Japan will not find help.

  • as

    I can’t seem to see this as serious because their colorful choppers.

  • TheLulzWarrior

    Great!

  • skipper

    These folks sure love their anime XD