A senior official from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s junior coalition partner has warned against the government’s move to exercise its right of coming to the aid of an ally that falls under attack. New Komeito Secretary-General Yoshihisa Inoue believes that the nation’s current right to individual self-defense is already sufficient in most situations.
Speaking on a TV program broadcasted by NHK, Inoue said, “I believe exercising the right to individual self-defense will be enough to deal with most (of the cases).” His remarks signify that reinterpretation of the current laws such as the Law Concerning Measures for Peace and Security and Security of Japan in Situations in Areas Surrounding Japan is not needed for the nation to react in emergencies. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been calling for a revision of these laws so they can come to the aid of U.S. vessels that come under attack while at sea. But to gain the support of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s junior partner, they plan to limit the Self Defense Forces’ aid to within waters of Japan’s territory only.
However, Inoue advised caution in the removing the self-imposed ban on the right of collective self-defense. He noted, “As the exercise of the right to collective self-defense will lead to the acknowledgement of the use of force abroad, it will not be easy to gain public understanding.” Inoue pledged for more weighty discussion on the matter with his party members. “Even though (the scope of the forces’ activity) is limited, we should discuss it thoroughly within our party, because what is at issue is whether or not Japan should exercise the right to collective self-defense,” he said.
[via Asahi Shimbun]
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