SDF graduates warned of ‘here and now’ crisis


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned this year’s graduating class of Self-Defense Forces cadets Sunday that the ongoing territorial “provocations” against Japan could easily turn into a crisis.

With North Korea stepping up development of nuclear and missile technologies and China playing chase with Japan around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the SDF is facing “a crisis of the here and now,” Abe told the 424-strong graduating class of the National Defense Academy in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.

The people appreciate every SDF member and law enforcement official who is “actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,” Abe said, quoting U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt from a 1910 speech in Paris.

  • Ian

    China has a huge undefendable coastline. From a military strategist’s point of view, this is unacceptable. The PLA has no oversight from the civilian Politburo, and it has hordes of cash. As an emerging world power, PLA strategists are simply doing what is prudent by extending a military buffer zone into the South China Sea. Unfortunately, these old-school money-blinded autocrats have undervalued the fact that militaries are not as influential as economies are, now in this 21st Century Knowledge Age/Age of Communications. These old-school PLA military strategists are out of step with the times, and always have been.