By:  TK Whiteman

When Japan surrendered to the United States and her allies at the close of World War II, the Americans forced the Japanese to include in their newly drafted constitution that the East Asian country never again raise again a formal army, navy and air force.

Yet as reported by The Washington Post, while Kim Jong-un continues to sling ballistic missiles towards Japan, some very powerful members of the nation’s ruling party are calling for a pre-emptive first strike against the provocative North Koreans.

As reported;

As the threat from North Korea’s missiles grows, so the calls in Japan for a stronger military response are getting louder.

An influential group of politicians is publicly arguing for technically pacifist Japan to acquire the ability to strike North Korea instead of having to rely on the United States for its defense.

When Japan surrendered to the United States and her allies at the close of World War II, the Americans forced the Japanese to include in their newly drafted constitution that the East Asian country never again raise again a formal army, navy and air force.

Yet as reported by The Washington Post, while Kim Jong-un continues to sling ballistic missiles towards Japan, some very powerful members of the nation’s ruling party are calling for a pre-emptive first strike against the provocative North Koreans.

Their public pronouncements have not come out by accident, analysts say. Such senior members of the powerful ruling party would not raise the issue unless it was being promoted at the highest levels.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe publicly supports consideration of the idea. “I’d like to encourage the party to have this discussion and am keeping an eye on how it’s going,” he said in the Diet (Japan’s parliament) on Friday when asked whether he was in favor of acquiring the capability to strike.

Prime Minister Abe has long been seeking to amend the nation’s constitution that bars a standing armed forces, to possibly allow Japan to more fully participate in various overseas contingencies.

 

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