In response to tough questioning by an opposition figure, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Japan’s parliament yesterday that his new policy will not drag the country into America’s wars. Stars and Stripes reports:
[Katsuya Okada, president of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan] asked Abe if it is really possible for him to clearly state that Japan would never be dragged into a war involving the United States.In response, Abe said Japan would never become embroiled in such a war against its own will. “Unless Japan’s survival is threatened, we will never engage in combat,” Abe said.
Abe’s answer is slippery. He’s trying to avoid saying that treaty obligations wouldn’t obligate Japan to enter any given conflict, thus reassuring a public that is still divided on the issue of his administration’s controversial reinterpretation of Japan’s constitutional ban on overseas military engagements.