Japan’s newly inaugurated Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida expressed his determined commitment to strengthen self-defense forces to confront the security threats posed by the Chinese regime and North Korea on an ongoing basis. 

As reported by AP News, on Saturday, November 27, Kishida paid his first visit to the Japanese military. He renewed his pledge to consider “all options” to protect the country, including acquiring the capability to attack enemy bases.

Kashida mentioned that the security issue in Japan is highly changeable and that the current situation is extremely critical as North Korea continues to test ballistic missiles while advancing its capabilities. The Chinese communist regime pursues military buildup and increasingly assertive activity in the region.

“I will consider all options, including possessing so-called enemy base strike capability, to pursue strengthening of defense power that is necessary,” Kishida said in a speech to hundreds of members of the Ground Self-Defense Force.

This is not the first time Kashida has made comments regarding his interest in developing Japan’s “strike capability,” which has sparked some controversy at home and has been seized upon by the opposition to criticize him, claiming that his intentions violate Japan’s Constitution, which emphasizes the renunciation of war.

Kishida, however, doubled down and assured that he is willing to double Japan’s military spending and capabilities, although he added that his government would hold “calm and realistic” discussions to determine the actions necessary to protect people’s lives.

His speech came a day after his cabinet approved a 770 billion yen ($6.8 billion) request for an extraordinary defense budget.

If approved, the request will become the largest defense spending allocation in recent times, pushing Japan’s military spending for the current year to a new record, topping 6.1 trillion yen ($53.2 billion).

Bilateral relations between Japan and communist China have worsened sharply in recent months due to geopolitical issues and the Chinese military’s constant provocations in the region. 

At a press conference on October 5, Japan’s Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu hinted that Japan would take a more aggressive role against the Chinese Communist Party threat in the region. Instead of simply monitoring the situation, they would actively pursue options in the face of a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

“Additionally, instead of simply monitoring the situation, we hope to weigh the various possible scenarios that may arise to consider what options we have, as well as the preparations we must make,” Toshimitsu said.

Who is Fumio Kishida?

Defined as center-right, he won an important victory in the recent presidential elections in Japan, managing to sink a little more the Japanese left that was already in decline.

Despite having a reformist profile, his new cabinet and his first measures show a right-wing character, typical of the ruling party, and a continuity in the measures of the historic leader Shinzo Abe, who had to retire last year due to health problems after ruling Japan for almost two decades.

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