Panel to propose Japan help defend all allies, not just U.S.


The government panel on security issues will propose that Japan help defend not only the United States but also other allied nations by exercising the right of collective self-defense, the panel’s acting chairman said Tuesday.

Shinichi Kitaoka, president of the International University of Japan, said in an interview that the panel will state in a forthcoming report that Japan can exercise the right when “countries with close ties (with it)” are under attack and it is deemed Japan could also come to harm.

Collective self-defense is the concept of a nation coming to the aid of another that is under attack.

Kitaoka indicated the panel will not specify which countries to defend as withholding such details would be helpful in maintaining deterrence.

“There needs to be some degree of vagueness when we talk about security,” Kitaoka said.

Some experts say Japan should extend its potential use of collective self-defense to such countries as Australia, the Philippines and India.

The panel, re-established by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is scheduled to meet Sept. 12 before compiling its conclusions by the end of the year that Japan should terminate its self-imposed ban on collective-self defense.

Kitaoka also suggested Japan can come to the aid of countries defending sea lanes to ensure oil transport from the Middle East, describing them as “lifelines.”

Japan has been particularly concerned about China’s assertiveness in the East China Sea over the Senkaku Islands. North Korea’s nuclear and missile development is also a concern.

Under the government’s current interpretation of the pacifist Constitution, Japan does not permit itself to exercise the right because doing so would go beyond self-defense.

In a 2008 report, a similar panel limited the use of collective-self defense to coming to the aid of the United States, saying Japan should be able to defend U.S. naval vessels attacked on the high seas, or intercept ballistic missiles targeting U.S. soil.

  • StevenStreets

    Military-Industrial-Debt complex will always find a way around any constitutions safeguards to prevent needless expensive wars.
    Every since the founding of the Bank of England to circumvent the House of Commons refusal to fund the British Crowns participation in a needless Continental War. The democratic Power of the Purse commonly known as Taxation by Representation is a rational economic force for peace. The only type that has ever proven effective in history until it is craftily circumvented.
    If a bloody conflict can be prevented or quickly won with minimal spending the MID (military-industrial-debt complex) will find a way to spend massive percentages of GDP to get the same result.
    Military families suffer too much in this world from avoidable conflicts that financial interests prefer to fuel flames with fiat specie.
    God Bless Japan for 68 years of endless peace. May Japan enjoy peace for evermore.

  • Steven R. Simon

    Simon says that the GOJ must achieve national consensus before adopting a collective defense policy – either (1) a US/Japan collective defense or (2) a “North Asia Treaty Organization” US/Japan/South Korea/Taiwan/P.I. collective defense.

  • vasu

    This what called cerebral exercise in the arising head of belligerence and insecurity facing by all vulnerable neighbor nations .A good strategic thinking why should anyone with good intention have problem unless something is cooking in its head .

  • Paldo

    I think it’s just another political masturbation of Jp