Japan and its partners can only meet the accelerating significant challenges to a rules-based order posed by North Korea and China by strengthening deterrence.
The expert defense panel recommendations seek to give Japan a defense boost with the capability to deter, block, and repel invasion by other countries.
The expert panel's focus on Japan's defense buildup is called for, but what Japan really needs is an overhaul of its security and foreign policy posturing.
Faced with North Korea's rapid missile development, "We will consider all defense options, including the so-called counterstrike capability," he says.
The highly rated Tomahawk cruise missiles have been deployed by the US for years, and even the British military has purchased them for defense.
North Korea's grave provocation and challenge to Japan, the United States, and the international community cannot be ignored.
The targets for counterstrikes are likely to include enemy launch and related sites, such as anti-aircraft radar and airfields, if Japan is attacked.
The Prime Minister should convince the public of what is required for the defense of Japan and the level of spending required to accomplish it.
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