I would argue they are needed and could help save lives, if tensions were to continue escalating as they seem to be now… Not just with Japan vs China, but also taking into account North Korea and their missile launches.
China has made more aggressive claims in the South and East China Seas, as well as completed their first aircraft carrier…
North Korea continues to (threaten to) launch missiles into the Japan Sea as well as continue developing their nuclear research.
Japan has built up their amphibious assault capabilities and has modified their their standing on collective self defense (legislation pending). But using drones for use in surveillance and missile launch detection…
To me, this doesn’t appear to be offensive in nature–especially if Japan keeps them unarmed. Are drones going beyond the reach of Japan’s peaceful standing? How realistic do you think Japanese and Chinese drones will be battling over the Senkakus as the article suggests?
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(photo credit goes to me… I took this photo 🙂 )
Thursday, 15 May, was a great milestone victory for Japan; they are moving forward with collective self defense–which means (among other things) that if an American vessel and Japanese vessel are patrolling together and only the American vessel comes under fire, both vessels would be able to “collectively” defend each other. As it has been in the past, Japan’s interpretation of the American-imposed constitution would have forbidden such action. However, China (mostly) and South Korea are voicing concerns over Japan’s reversion to its militant past. This is just China’s way of stirring up nationalism using hatred of an old enemy through asinine propaganda.
But why is this even an issue? Why was the Empire of Japan treated differently than the Third Reich? Germany who had started two world wars and conducted the mass genocide of the Jewish people with the Holocaust… Japan fought regional wars (China and Russia) but then in 1931 they decided to expand further into China and after criticism, embargoes and threats from the United States eventually convinced Japan they had no other course of action and joined the world war with the attack on Pearl Harbor.
At the end of the war, Germany was seen as an immediate investment as a “speed bump” between the a Soviet Union and the European Nation states; but Japan… The first Asian country to stand toe-to-toe and best many (if not most) of the western countries… With no immediate threat, it appears they “needed to be taught a lesson”. So while both Japan and Germany have “peaceful” constitutions, only Japan was forced to receive the ‘shall not possess war-making capabilities’ that has restricted her military to this day. However, during the Korean War (or also interpreted as the fight against the spread of communism), the US realized having a crippled japan wouldn’t be helpful against the soviets and modified the interpretation if the constitution, giving us the Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF) of today.
As the JSDF regain their original composure, hopefully too they can be re-instated as a full military… Ready to take on any foe that may try to challenge Japan’s freedoms, way of life, or territorial integrity.
Article found here
“Closer Ties” ( The Economist)
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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2014 Fleet Review; Taken by @BlueEyedRonin