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Upgrade: Japan's pacifism goes on the Offensive

Japan feels that China and North Korea are threatened, and therefore its military massively. This is contrary to the pacifist Constitution, in fact - and at ris

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Upgrade: Japan's pacifism goes on the Offensive

Japan feels that China and North Korea are threatened, and therefore its military massively. This is contrary to the pacifist Constitution, in fact - and at risk the approach to Beijing.

More money for the military, and more offensive weapons: The government in Tokyo wants to strengthen Japan's defense force. The Cabinet decided on Friday, in the next financial year on 1. April begins, the equivalent of 41 billion euros for defence spending. That is 1.3 percent more than this year. It is the seventh annual increase in a row.

In the same style, it should go further. In the next five years, Japan plans to spend for defense, a total of 211 billion euros. That was almost 13 percent more than during the last five years.

a violation of the Constitution?

At the same time, changed Japan's government on Tuesday their defense policies. Due to the upgrade of China and North Korea, the country for the first time, weapons systems that can also be used for attacks. So two helicopters will be converted to carriers, carrier aircraft and 18 stealth bomber purchased in the US. It would be Japan's first aircraft carrier at all.

This could, however, speak of the pacifist Constitution. Actually the Japanese military is allowed to react according to the previous Interpretation only to an attack, because the Constitution, article 9 prohibits the maintenance of an army. Therefore, the speech is only self-defense forces.

Cabinet spokesman Yoshihide Suga did not share these concerns. The new defense guidelines were extremely important, he says. "You want to show the Japanese people and the world, what is really necessary to defend us. The guidelines will be the cornerstone for the future of the self-defense forces."

Japan's Prime Minister Abe wants to strengthen the military solid.

Trump calls for stronger commitment

In the guidelines, it is, Japan really need effective defence capabilities, therefore, they could not simply continue as before. This statement focuses on the military ambitions of China and the nuclear and missile program of North Korea.

Japan also responds to the pressure of his only security partner is the United States. President Donald Trump calls for a stronger commitment from Japan for the Alliance. Therefore, Japan intends to buy up to 100 new combat aircraft at a price of EUR 78 million.

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