U.S. defense budget constraints may put pressure on Japan to share defense responsibilities (Figure)
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BEIJING, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) Hong Kong, “Wen Wei Po” reported on the 10th, the first revision in seven years the United States military strategy in general that the U.S. military in Northeast Asia to maintain strong military forces. However, due to the unprecedented budget deficit caused by the U.S. defense budget is tight, next to Japan, the United States may pressure the government of Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Japan hopes to share the so-called defense responsibilities.
financial crisis, huge budget deficit and the debt burden of carrying the United States forced to cut government spending, which of course includes defense spending, but the U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has stated that the region will not cut the defense budget .
also face economic difficulties in Japan, were forced to control the defense expenses, but the U.S. side seems satisfied, this time in the newly revised military strategy made it clear that the huge debt is a “serious security risk.” obviously put pressure on Japan to its Asian allies.
stressed that the new U.S. military strategy, will help the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to international peace cooperation activities to enhance the ability to look forward to the SDF in international peacekeeping activities and to maintain regional stability, and play a greater role. However, if the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to be deployed abroad, need new laws and amend the relevant existing laws, which will lead to domestic disputes.
America’s new strategy for Japan and South Korea hope to promote defense cooperation, but the history of Japan-ROK defense cooperation because of very sensitive issue in South Korea, South Korea is likely to have been opposed. Naoto Kan is currently the cornerstone of the government have the political instability, how to respond to the United States looking doubtful.