BREAKING NEWS – For over 70 years, Japan has spent most of its time apologizing for the acts it committed during World War II and trying to lead a peaceful existence. But thanks to eight years of Obama leading from behind and allowing North Korea to not only obtain an atomic weapon but workable ballistic missiles, that is all changing now. This week a group of Japanese Law Makers is working on a resolution that calls for the option to attack North Korean military facilities in a preemptive attack after Monday’s multiple launches of medium range ballistic missiles which landed just outside Japanese waters.
Japan has been visibly rattled by advance in North Korean weapons and missiles and as a result, many members of the government have started to examine their decades old position of peace, even their constitution has outlawed a military capable of carrying out offensive actions. But now influential Japanese lawmakers are pushing for Japan to develop the ability to strike preemptively at the missile facilities of its nuclear-armed neighbor and former enemy.
For decades Japan has avoided the costs and risks of maintaining a real military, settling for a limited defense force and the assurance of the United States to protect them from all enemies. But after eight years of a noticeable lack of support by Obama, and the growing threat posed by Pyongyang, events are adding weight to the argument that aiming for the archer rather than his arrows is a more effective defense.
“If bombers attacked us or warships bombarded us, we would fire back. Striking a country lobbing missiles at us is no different,” said Itsunori Onodera, a former defense minister who heads a ruling Liberal Democratic Party committee looking at how Japan can defend against the North Korean missile threat. “Technology has advanced and the nature of conflict has changed.”
Despite the country’s pacifist constitution, recent governments have said Tokyo has the right to attack enemy bases overseas when the enemy’s intention to attack Japan is evident. The new policy would be similar to the G.W. Bush policy of preemptive strike is a defensive strike. In other words if the threat is imminent and there are no other defense options then an attack is warranted and justified
Previous administrations shied away from acquiring the force to launch such attacks, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s LDP has been urging him to consider the step. “It is time we acquired the capability,” said Hiroshi Imazu, the chairman of the LDP’s policy council on security. “I don’t know whether that would be with ballistic missiles, cruise missiles or even the F-35 (fighter bomber), but without a deterrence North Korea will see us as weak.”
Japan is already improving its ballistic missile defenses with longer-range, more accurate sea-based missiles on Aegis destroyers in the Sea of Japan and from next month will start a $1 billion upgrade of its ground-based PAC-3 Patriot batteries. Also under consideration is a land-based version of the Aegis system or the THAAD system. Those changes, however, will take years to complete and may not be enough to keep pace with rocket technology advances by Pyongyang, the sources said.