What does Japan’s army growth imply for the area?

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Video Duration 25 minutes 25 seconds

From: Inside Story

Tokyo pronounces its largest army build-up since World War II.

Japan says the strategic problem posed by China is the largest it has ever confronted.

Besides Beijing, Japan has two different nuclear-armed neighbours: North Korea and Russia.

It has expressed issues about intensifying Russian army exercise in its far east, whilst Moscow presses on with its conflict in opposition to Ukraine.

And a North Korean missile flew over Japan in October.

Japan needs to considerably improve its army spending, focusing on $315bn within the subsequent 5 years, or two % of its gross home product (GDP).

But Tokyo’s plans are a reminder of an imperial previous, when it occupied the Korean peninsula and elements of China and seized all of East Asia in the course of the second world conflict.

So, what does the brand new army drive imply for Japan’s Pacifist Constitution?

Presenter: Laura Kyle


Kotaro Tamura – Adjunct Professor at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He is a former senator with Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party.

Nancy Snow – Communications Director, International Security Industrial Council. She’s additionally a Foreign Policy Adviser to the Japanese Government.

David Arase – Resident Professor of International Politics at The Hopkins-Nanjing Center of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.