By Yume Okamoto, Thornical Press Contributor
November 06, 2022
Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida warns it is time for the island nation to further militarize its defense forces to counter the threats from North Korea’s growing nuclear prowess and the burgeoning alliance between China and Russia.
Kishida’s rearmament warning comes as Japan hosts its first international maritime fleet review in seven years. Eighteen warships from twelve nations took part in the naval review including the United States, Australia, Canada, India, and South Korea.
Kishida expressed his concerns over the growing tensions in East and South China seas as North Korea continues to fire missiles towards the Japanese mainland, which set off several civil defense alarms over the past few weeks. Kishida also worries about the growing power of China and their possible alliance with Russia.
Although Kishida strives for peaceful solutions to ease tensions, he believes Japan should be prepared to defend itself if provoked. Kishida had pledged earlier in his term to bolster Japanese defense capabilities over the next five years with the construction of warships, expansion of anti-missile defense systems, and improved land force operations.
Kishida pledged to strengthen the military alliance with the United States as a deterrence to North Korean and other belligerent threats in the region.