Author Tim Kelly and Ju-min Park
TOKYO (Reuters) – An unprecedented election promise by the Japanese ruling party to recoup its defenses confirms the country’s rapid access to arrows, fighters, drones and other weapons to deter Chinese troops in the East China Sea.
The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) included a plan to spend 2% of GDP – about $ 100 billion – or surpass the military for the first time in its plans before national elections this month.
Experts do not expect the new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to continue spending more money in the near future, based on Japanese investment and emergency spending. But it is a sign that the pacifist country can relinquish its commitment to save money within 1% of GDP – a number that for decades has solved concerns at home and abroad in the revival that led Japan to World War II. .
“LDP leaders want the party to donate,” said Yoichiro Sato, a professor of international relations at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, in what he called the “sacrosanct for liberals of Japan.”
“They’re setting guidelines, that’s what good people want to do,” he added.
The United States has been forcing its allies to spend more on self-defense; A 2% increase in GDP could make Japan live up to the promises made by members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The hawkish comments from the LDP come as Japanese attitudes change from worries about resuscitating war on China’s Asian courage, especially to Taiwan.
In a survey of 1,696 people whom the business conducted daily at the end of last year, 86% of respondents said that China threatened Japan, more than 82% of those who showed concern for North Korea with nuclear weapons.
“Putting this in perspective is recognizing the importance of forcing people to change their self-defense strategies,” said Robert Ward, a London-based researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Study. “The access route has now been cleared.”
Japan’s military strategy is focused on protecting areas along the East China Sea, while Tokyo is at loggerheads with Beijing over uninhabited islands.
The line of Okinawan, Taiwan, and the islands that pass through the Philippines form what weapons manufacturers call First Island Chain, China’s environmental barrier in the Western Pacific.
With an additional $ 50 billion a year, Japan is able to buy more American weapons, including F-35 fighters, Osprey aircraft and control drones, as well as domestic weapons such as amphibious landing craft, submarines, portable planes, ships, satellites and communications equipment to fight a long war.
“The Self Defense Forces are well-trained and well-equipped, but their resilience and resilience are one of the biggest challenges,” Maritime Self-Defense Force commander Yoji Koda told Reuters.
Japan’s defense ministry is also seeking funding for local warfare, as well as arrows that could hit enemy ships with a range of more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles). The country is also building cyber, space and electronic weapons.
“Japan wants to have the highest level of expertise in various areas,” Reich, national manager at BAE Systems (OTC 🙂 PLC, said on Tuesday. “What’s in the budget and where it’s going is what attracts us.”
Britain’s largest defense company is part of the Consortium under the auspices of Lockheed Martin Corp (NYSE 🙂 which binds the F-35 fighter.
SILENCE OF ABE SEA
The speed with which the former Kishida has fallen in line with the national security policy of cosmetics has shocked some observers. But he continues to follow the principles of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and was supported by careful lawmakers who helped him https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/japan-shadow-shogun-abe-assured-clout-over -Next- pm-kishida-2021-09-30 wins party leadership election last month.
Based on these same principles, Abe enacted a security law allowing Japanese troops to fight in another country, abolished the export ban and defined an anti-war law in the country to allow gunfire in enemy territory.
At present, the LDP security guarantee does not specify how additional funds may be used or indicate where a 2% target can be achieved.
“The real question is whether Japan can take another $ 50 billion in a way that will support Japan’s security,” said Chuck Jones, a former security chief who is familiar with Japanese military policies. “The worry is that a lot of money will be spent on programs and activities that are not possible or unnecessary.”
The lack of detail provides an opportunity for the governing body to change course, experts say.
“There are objections even within the LDP,” said Tetsuo Kotani, senior researcher at the Japan Institute of International Affairs. “We will make decisions and see if everyone agrees with the LDP concept.”