McCain: SDF should expect to see action in Korea, deploy to Mideast, South China Sea


Sen. John McCain, chairman of the U.S. Armed Services Committee, expressed hope that the SDF will be operating in the Middle East and the South China Sea under Japan’s new security policy.

The senior politician, who has a heavy influence on defense and foreign policy, also said in an interview that the Self-Defense Forces might take part in combat in the event of a contingency on the Korean Peninsula.

McCain made the comments Tuesday as Japan seeks to revise the bilateral defense cooperation guidelines in a way that allows the SDF to expand its overseas activities with the U.S. military. This revision reflects Japan’s controversial security shift under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to allow the use of collective self-defense, or coming to the aid of an ally under armed attack even when Japan itself is not under direct attack. Until last year, collective defense was considered banned under the war-renouncing Constitution.

The senator from Arizona signaled his hope that Japan and other countries will cooperate in making sure that an “international transit point is kept free for navigational purposes” in the Strait of Hormuz, a vital sea lane used to transport the crude oil on which Japan and other nations depend.

On the territorial disputes in the South China Sea involving China and nations in Southeast Asia, McCain said, “Hopefully, those differences can be resolved peacefully.”

“But I think that it is important to have a security component, and part of that is United States-Japan partnership in exercises and other areas of cooperation,” the Vietnam War veteran said.

McCain, 78, dismissed the view that Japan’s participation in such operations may cause a confrontation between Japan and China.

“I think that, as long as they’re in international waters, that Japan should be able to send their ships wherever they want to,” McCain said.

The lawmaker also said that if North Korea were to attack South Korea, it is desirable for Japan to provide supplies and additional assets.

“Frankly it is not Japanese troops that are south of the 38th parallel. It’s American troops if there was a major confrontation,” McCain said, referring to the heavily fortified North-South demarcation line.

Although Japanese troops did not engage in fighting in the Korean War, McCain said: “I would probably suspect that that wouldn’t be the case in the future.”

The senator also urged Japan and South Korea to improve their strained ties by settling disputes over history, including the issue of “comfort women,” Japan’s euphemism for the thousands of females forced to provide sex to Imperial troops in Japan’s wartime military brothels. Many of those women were from the Korean Peninsula, which was under Japanese colonial rule from 1910 to 1945.

  • Liars N. Fools

    It is good that “President” McCain is so eager to deploy Japanese military (SDF) assets. I guess the orders are being transmitted.

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  • thompson_richard

    Counterpart Ishihara Shintaro says that a Falkland-style war would be a good way to settle the disputed claims of Taiwan, China and Japan over the Senkakus.

  • Charlie Sommers

    Before any credence is given to anything John McCain says people should give consideration to the fact that he was the man who selected a national embarrassment named Sarah Palin to run for the second highest office in the country. He is a worn out politician who sadly thinks violence is the answer to most of the world’s problems. Maybe if he is ignored enough he will go away. Japan is on the right track by eschewing war.

    • Jonathan Fields

      Japan will absolutely throw away pacifism if the right-wingers have their way. To them, it represents redemption for World War II. They honestly believe that Japan’s only crime in that conflict was to lose. If Japan can reassert itself as a military power, it will symbolize a return to glory and validate their original stated mission of throwing off the yoke of The West. I study these lunatics, and they all parrot the same garbage in interviews. McCain shouldn’t be taken seriously, but this is a bad development for Japan.

  • Jeffrey

    Everyone in Japan, just ignore anything Grandpa McCain says. We all try to in the U.S.

  • Ostap Bender

    It’s not enough that people in the Middle East hate America for it’s aggression, McCain wants to spread that hate to Japan as well. What’s scary is that Abe might try to go along with it.

  • Testerty

    It is not called the Coalition of Willing for nothing. Japanese cannot blame the Americans for willingly go to war all over the world again.

  • Kiuri

    Great statesman. McCain is. Wish he were the US president.

    • ekxon2 .

      Japan, under Shinzo Abe, willingly and eagerly signed up to be the deputy Chief of Police of the World. Henceforth, she must follow the lead and obey the command of her chief, America.

      The Japanese should be ready to fight not only against the Chinese, the North Koreans, but also the Middle East Muslim countries and the Russians. Great statesman McCain has made it very clear what the U.S. expects from its follower, junior partner Japan.


    McCain was shot down over North Vietnam in the U.S. war on that country, and spent years in a POW prison. Apparently, that wasn’t enough to cure his sociopathic love of war. If Japan has any sense, it will ignore this U.S. warmonger.

  • Matthew Johnston

    It was simple, you want to live come with us, the Japanese made the reproach, rebuffed by the ROK, which was really a rebuff to the US. Yes and apology would come as it did a few years ago to our POW’s. Japan the POW’s, plans to up the chimney, sterilization of the population. And the US nuked them. It is for those involved whether they keep their hate or forgive, they earned that right on both sides. But we are about the future. Not sins of the father and the past. ROK limit the US ability to defend them and the amount of damage done and our casualties. It is also about deployment of resources. We can’t force the ROK, it is up to them. If the ROK and DPRK want to build nuclear weapons and wipe each other out that is up to them.