Tokyo: The security environment before Japan is highly vulnerable ever since World War II due to North Korea’s “unacceptable” intimidation, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe mentioned and he also affirmed that he would strengthen the defenses to safeguard the people of Japan.
Conflict in the area has emerged ever since North Korea carried its sixth and massive nuclear test in September, which was repeated again in November with the successful testing of the latest intercontinental ballistic missile that was capable of reaching across U.S. mainland.
PM Shinzo Abe reiterated in a conference held on New Year “It is not an exaggeration to say that the security environment surrounding Japan is at its severest since World War Two. I will protect the people’s lives and peaceful living in any situation,”
However, Abe did not mention the specifics but said that Japan would be initiating new measures to consolidate its defence stature. The government passed an unprecedented military budget in the previous month, with an increased defence outlay for the sixth year rising to 1.3% to 5.19 trillion yen that is approximately $46billion, with the largest part 137 billion yen towards fortifying the defences against the missiles of North Korea.
Nikki Haley,the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations remarked that the United States is hearing reports that North Korea is undergoing preparations to strike another missile and gave a warning for not conducting such a test.
Abe also maintained that it is completely unacceptable of North Korea to crush the powerful will of Japan and the remaining global community for peaceful settlement and persisting with its intimidating conduct.
The Japanese Prime Minister also expressed that he desires to amend the pacifist constitution of Japan to meet the objectives of relaxing the military restrictions, though the citizens remain divided over the alterations to the charter enforced after Japan’s loss in World War II.
War- relinquishing Article 9 of the constitution, deciphered literally, disallows the presence of standing armed troops, but has since long been represented as permitting a military specifically for defensive intent.
Abe referred to his desire of having a serious public debate over a revision of the constitution.
The Liberal Democratic Party-led alliance of Shinzo Abe maintained its two-thirds absolute majority in the lower house of Parliament in the election held on Oct.22,2017. revitalizing his thrust for constitution revision.