The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has compiled a proposal urging the Japanese government to boost deterrence against the threat of missile attacks.
The proposal includes a fresh request that Japan acquire the ability to “defeat” ballistic missiles even in an enemy’s own territory. Legislators avoided using the phrase “ability to attack enemy bases,” but the proposal in effect urges Japan to gain the capability to do just that.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe struck a positive note on the suggestion, saying he would “firmly present a new direction and quickly put it into practice.” But there are deep reservations that if Japan were to have the ability to strike enemy bases, this would deviate from its defense-only policy. There are also doubts about the viability and cost-effectiveness of such a move.
Under the policy of exclusive defense and the Japan-U.S. security treaty, Japan has undertaken the role of providing the “shield” by devoting itself to defense, while the U.S. has provided the “spear” with its strike capabilities. As a result, the Japanese government has to date maintained that it is not considering equipping the country to attack enemy bases, and it has refrained from acquiring any such hardware.
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