Japan intends to formulate a new defense outline threats to media reports focusing on North Korea
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Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama 18 meeting to discuss the development of Japan’s” New National Defense Program Outline, “Hatoyama said the development of” new Defense Program Outline “to strengthen Japan’s defense forces. He said that this was in response to North Korea and “peripheral” countries, the current situation of military modernization. Commented that, although unstated Hatoyama “peripheral” which country, but Japanese media said more than his warning of “China.”
Yukio Hatoyama 18 convened by former defense officials, and economic sector, and academic think tank composed of meeting someone, ordered Japan to discuss the existing defense system, in August this year to prepare a report, the Japanese government to develop the “new National Defense Program Outline” set the tone.
In explaining the development of ‘new National Defense Program Outline, “the intention, the Hatoyama said,” After the Cold War, Japan’s original defense system is no longer applicable, we must have continuity of the new National Defense Program Outline, and the need for innovation, Japan will be able to deal with security issues faced about discussing the direction, we must first concern is the “neighboring countries deal with North Korea’s military modernization and nuclear threat”; In addition, it will discuss the deepening of the Japan-US alliance, Japan’s self-study Guard overseas peacekeeping activities. “
Singapore” Lianhe Zaobao “that Hatoyama government took office, the former LDP who display different times to cancel the Liberal Democratic Party, the” new National Defense Program Outline “and subjected to Japan’s conservative diatribe. At this time, he decided to rush to create “a new National Defense Program Outline,” and that the need to move with the times, immediately usher in the conservative applause.
Japan’s “Yomiuri Shimbun,” the article said, in his speech, although Hatoyama to avoid the country name to the “surrounding” over them, but will develop a “new National Defense Program Outline,” “to North Korea for the addition, is China. ”
“Yomiuri Shimbun,” also published an editorial calling for the defense think tank Hatoyama should focus on strengthening Japan’s military deterrence, and to respond to the threat from North Korea and China. The editorial to describe China’s military buildup a lot of ink, “China for 22 consecutive years, the rate of double-digit increase in military spending, the Navy, the Air Force modernization. If it continues at this rate military expansion, Japan will lose the balance of military power around, China is very likely to turn in a dominant position. “