It seems that Abe’s administration is bent on exercising the right to collective self-defense. Sources close to the matter have said that Abe’s Cabinet may allow the government to exercise that right in unique cases. As to what constitutes a unique case, it remains to be seen in the proposal set to be submitted by his Cabinet to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
The new proposal is expected to include the Diet approval guidelines after the government has exercised its right. While the after-the-fact draft policy may go well with LDP, it may not be that way with its junior coalition partner, the New Komeito. The New Komeito has been advising against collective self-defense and has often, in the past, called for caution in approving it. But with the way officials are moving, it seems that Abe’s Cabinet is set to establish a precedent in after-the-fact Diet approval for emergency situations.
Many observers are quick to point out that individual self-defense is essential and does not require prior Diet approval because it puts Japan directly at risk. Collective self-defense, on the other hand, comes to the aid of other countries, which must be carefully considered first. Other countries are also of the mind that parliament approval is necessary to avoid public misunderstanding and distrust. The Iraq War in 2003, which then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair participated in and cost the lives of 179 British nationals earned strong criticisms. However, Britain is allowed to employ forces overseas without prior approval. As for Japan, it’s on a wait-and-see status until the Diet approves the draft policy.
[via Asahi Shimbun]
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