Pacifist No More
Pacifist No More
Japan Announces Military Buildup, Promises to "Stand Up To China"

The Japanese government set forth its latest National Security Strategy today, a comprehensive 10-year plan to build up its defense forces, invest in new weapons, ships, and aircraft, and prepare for conflict in an increasingly hostile neighborhood. The new strategy will focus on defending Japan’s far-flung islands, with new amphibious transport ships and surveillance technology high on the shopping list. North Korea, China, and Russia are named as possible threats to Japan’s security, and the strategy document calls on the US not to abandon its role as the provider of security and stability in the region.

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