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Japan May Change Military Stance on Pre-emption
The Japanese government is expected to weigh whether to change its military policy to permit the launching of pre-emptive strikes to counter a looming assault by hostile forces, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
Since the end of World War II, Tokyo has adhered to a pacifist defense policy that does not allow offensive military actions. However, the growing threat of North Korea's nuclear weapons program and China's increasing willingness to assert its territorial claims over contested islets in the East China Sea encouraged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's hawkish government to direct its Defense Ministry to reassess the nation's national security policies. An initial review of those policies is expected to be issued as early as Friday.
Japan's Self Defense Forces are relatively well funded and have some of the strongest military capabilities in the region.
The Defense Ministry in its interim review is anticipated to call for "the need to boost a comprehensive capability of containment" in accordance with efforts to protect the island nation from North Korea's ballistic missiles, Agence France-Presse reported.
March 13, 2014
On Friday, March 14, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. Five statesmen from Germany, Poland, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States call for the urgent formation of a Contact Group of Foreign Ministers to address the crisis and more broadly, create a new approach to building mutual security in the Euro-Atlantic region.
June 14, 2013
Steve Andreasen and Richard A. Clarke urge President Obama to minimize the role of nuclear weapons in the national security strategy and maintain distinction between cyber and nuclear attacks.
This article provides an overview of Japan’s historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.