World Bulletin/News Desk
Japan, which has engaged in competition with China and North Korea in the Pacific and Southern Chinese Sea, has decided to renew its army 66 years after the destruction of the Second World War.
According to the mid-report that the Japanese defense ministry approved, the country should strenghthen its naval forces to protect its furthest borders, and increase its observation capacity.
The report frequently emphasized that China and North Korea threatened regional peace in the Pacific, therefore the Japanese army should be brought to a level in which it can respond to such threats.
If the mid-report is approved until the end of the year, Japan will have an army after 66 years, making a long-term and serious change in Japan's military policy.
Japan and China had tension recently because of both countries' sovereignity claims on a chain of islands, known as Senaku in Japan, and Diaoyu in China.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is said to follow hard-line security policies, defended devoting more budget to national security, and declared his willingness to change 9th article in the constitution, which renounces “war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes”.Last Mod: 26 Temmuz 2013, 16:01