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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave a speech at a meeting of the Niigata Prefectural Branch Federation of the Liberal Democratic Party in Niigata City on March 27, Kyodo News reported. When talking about the confrontation between China and the United States, Shinzo Abe said that the Asian region, including Japan, has become the forefront of the confrontation between the United States and China.
In his speech, Shinzo Abe said about Japan’s policy toward China, “Japan needs to hold the understanding and mental preparation that the Indo-Pacific region has become the front line and commit to a foreign and security assurance policy.” In addition, Shinzo Abe talked about the rise of China’s military power and the Communist Party’s attempts to unilaterally change the status quo in the East and South China Seas. Under such circumstances, it can be said that the front line has shifted to the Indo-Pacific region, and as far as his own understanding is concerned, the Pacific region, including Japan, has become the front line of confrontation between China and the U.S. Therefore, it is necessary for us to be fully psychologically prepared and solidly refine our foreign security and safety policy based on this understanding,” he said.
Commenting on U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposed meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in early April, Shinzo Abe said, “This will be the first face-to-face summit consultation between Biden and the Japanese government. Abe said, “The important area in U.S. diplomatic and security strategy has shifted to the Indo-Pacific. This shows that the Japan-U.S. security treaty has become really important.”
Speaking about Japan’s Self-Defense Forces, Shinzo Abe said that it is very regrettable that the constitutional amendment of Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan was not completed during his term of office and that the Self-Defense Forces are still in a state of unconstitutionality. However, when Abe spoke about the next House of Representatives election to be held in September, Abe stressed: “The Kan regime is working as hard as it can and will work with Prime Minister Kan to win no matter what, and must establish a more stable regime and advance policies strongly to fully advance the country.
Japan Self-Defense Forces Knowledge Expansion：
The Self Defense Force (SDF) is Japan’s national defense force from the Second World War to the present, established on July 1, 1954. The JMSDF consists of three divisions: the Land Self-Defense Force, the Maritime Self-Defense Force, and the Air Self-Defense Force. All military personnel are called “Self-Defense Officers” and there are 250,000 of them, all under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Defense and under the command of the Prime Minister. According to Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, Japan renounces the right to settle disputes with other countries by military means. In addition, since World War II, Japan has prohibited the recruitment of military forces, so the SDF is not nominally a military organization, but in practice its functions are equivalent to those of other countries’ armies, except for legal and budgetary restrictions.
The main function of the SDF is to maintain Japan’s self-defense capability, and as we enter the 21st century, the SDF has become more active in overseas peacekeeping missions. In addition to participating in peacekeeping missions after the 2002 war in Afghanistan, the SDF Iraq Recovery Support Group was dispatched in 2004 to assist in reconstruction and security maintenance after the war between the United States and Iraq. In response to the nuclear issue of North Korea and the military threat of China, there are calls in Japan to amend Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution and upgrade the SDF to a “national defense force”. The Japanese government has also succeeded in unlocking the SDF’s right to collective self-defense by enacting the Peace and Security Act of 2016.