Japan may soon bid goodbye to its post World War II pacifist Constitution, which it has enjoyed for more 70 years. State-run broadcaster NHK has announced that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s security panel is scheduled to submit a report to call on the nation to adopt the right to collective self-defense this week. The move is expected to basically transform Japan’s peaceful stance and be more involved with its allies and neighbors.
Abe has been pushing for the right to collective self-defense in the past months in light of a growing threat from China. He is anticipated to hold a press conference upon receipt of the report to rally the support of the public in lifting the self-imposed ban. Debate on whether to exercise this right has been happening left and right with many considering the pros and cons of adopting it. To have a better grasp of the situation, Abe’s administration has reportedly come up with scenarios in which it could be exercised. Six scenarios were listed as the only conditions upon which Japan may consider collective self-defense. The list includes a threat to a close ally subject to an illegal attack and when attack to partners in surrounding area is a “direct” threat to Japan’s security. This includes the area of the Korean Peninsula, which is very near Japan. In spite of these numerous conditions, many remain unconvinced that the right must be adopted and view it as a provocative act towards China and destabilizing in the entire region.
Abe has been pushing for the right to collective self-defense even during his first administration in 2007. However, during that time, Japan’s security situation is much better than the recent months. Ties with neighbor China has turned considerably worse in the pat years, which has prompted Abe to push for this right in his second term. The government is looking at concluding the talks about the right to collective self-defense within the first half of this year.
[via Arirang News]
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