‘Break from past’: Japanese premier wants new system suitable for new era

‘Break from past’: Japanese premier wants new system suitable for new era

Baku, January 23, AZERTAC

Indicating more steps to strengthen Japan’s defense capacity, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday that the country “must break away from established past practices”, according to Anadolu Agency.

“Japan is at a critical juncture, 77 years after the end of World War II,” Kishida told the nation’s parliament as it opened for a fresh 15-day session in the capital Tokyo.

“The country must break away from established past practices and create a society, economy and international orders that are suitable for a new era,” Kishida told the Diet, or Japanese parliament, as reported by public broadcaster NHK.

Japan last month adopted an updated version of its national security strategy, allowing its armed forces to acquire what it called “counterstrike capability.”

The updated three key security and defense documents allow Japan's armed forces to acquire counterstrike capability, which allows them to strike targets in enemy territory to deter attacks.

It also authorizes the government to allocate about 43 trillion yen (approximately $315 billion) for defense budgets over five years from fiscal 2023.

Tokyo’s new strategy is seen as a step away from Japan’s war-renouncing constitution.

According to Tokyo-based Kyodo News, Kishida said his administration “will take measures to procure sufficient funds to attain its goal of almost doubling its annual defense spending to around 2% of gross domestic product over the next five years, on par with NATO members.”

He reiterated his “eagerness to establish constructive and stable relations with China and communicate closely with South Korea.”

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