Japan has the only non-military military; calling their forces the “Japan Self Defense Forces,” but constitutionally-bound to only defend itself…and even that is limited. SCAP, the Supreme Commander of Allied Powers, originally drew up a constitution that severely restricted the Japanese; however, after the outbreak of the Korean War and the (fearful) spread of Communism, the United States changed their position on Japan and attempted to strengthen its military ability through the 1952 San Francisco Treaty. The United States has continually called on Japan to do more with its military capabilities and it now appears we are reaching the next step.
But, as the new Japanese constitution had already been created, the crux of the problems facing today were set in stone. Japan has yet to modify their constitution since its inception… although it appears that may finally change.
This article talks about Prime Minister Shinzo ABE having a security panel look at collective-self-defense options and create a recommendation on revising 10 laws. ABE further stated that his cabinet alone could change the interpretation of their current (US-imposed) constitution; pushing for legal revisions now and approval from the Diet later… which has created a debate between the parties.
What are your thoughts on a more empowered, Japanese military? Do you feel this will let them help more in the region; or do you believe this is a wrong step, leading them back to their pre-WW2 militarism?
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