A committee in South Korea‘s parliamentary has adopted a resolution against Japan’s “collective self-defense” which is a move to expand the Asian power’s influence and role in global security issues as well as strengthen its defensive stance amidst several territorial disputes in the region. The resolution seeks to stop Japan from pursuing their right to military action, which also goes against their current Pacifist Consitution, created after their fall in World War II.
South Korea’s National Assembly’s special committee against the distortion of Northeast Asian history drafted the statement which says that Japan “should not aim to expand its influence in Northeast Asia by pursuing the right to collective self-defense.” They also emphasized the fact that Japan cannot exercise that right on the Korean peninsula without the knowledge and approval of the South Korean government. Also mentioned in the resolution is a call for their former colonizer to start facing the truth of their shared history, which includes providing compensation to the “comfort women“, or those who were used as sexual slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.
Even though Japan has won the support of their closest ally the United States in their move for a collective self-defense, countries like China and South Korea have expressed their disapproval, as they feel this harkens back to Japan’s militaristic past. The resolution also urges the U.S. to use their influence on Tokyo to ease the concerns of Seoul over this issue. It also called on the South Korean government to make clear to Tokyo that this is the stand of the people on this matter and to work with the international community to guard against any untoward incidents in the region.
[ via Yonhap News ]