KCNA Commentary on Japan’s Moves for Overseas Expansion

[Apr. 14 Juche 107 (2018), KCNA]

Warships of the maritime “Self-Defense
Force” of Japan Akizuki and Michishio are now active in waters off
Southeast Asia under the pretext of trial voyage to the deep sea.

The ships reportedly supplied fuel to the warships of the U.S. navy 17
times last year under the pretext of the “agreement on mutual provision
of materials and labor”.

As known, Japan was deprived of the “right to collective self-defense”
by law after it was disarmed following its defeat in the Second World

Japan, however, laid a legal springboard from which to launch military
operations for aggression in any region of the world under the pretext
of “supporting allies” including the U.S. forces, after expanding the
sphere of the military operations of the SDF to the vast areas of Asia
and the rest of the world.

In March it formed a general ground command for providing uniform
command over all the ground SDF units and established an amphibious
mobile unit, special task force for landing operation under the pretext
of “defending remote islands in the southwestern area”.

This is allegedly to “improve the maneuverability to cope with terrorist
acts and guerilla attack” to replace the ground attack defense system
dating back to the era of the Cold War. But in fact, it is aimed to
ensure the maneuverability of the SDF domestically and internationally,
free from the restriction after Japan’s defeat in the Second World War.

Recently the amphibious mobile force conducted the first joint exercises with the U.S. marines.

Here the Japanese ruling quarters attempt to push forward the
retrogressive revision of the constitution which specified the existence
of the SDF for the justification of the overseas aggression, claiming
that “time has come to buckle down to the constitutional revision.”

Even though it calls for “exclusive defense”, the Abe group has modified
its contents to a large extent under the pretext of “threats” from
China and other countries.

The Abe group has modified the interpretation of the present
constitution which the successive Cabinet maintained, allowing the
exercise of the “right to collective self-defense”. Recently it included
the costs for the introduction of long-range cruise missile for
building “capabilities for attack on enemy base” in the budget for 2018
and began the examination of the possession of carrier.

Today Japan’s moves for overseas expansion which have gained momentum
with the backing of the U.S. arouse serious concern of the international
community including regional countries.

An internet homepage of Russia clarified that Japan has often cited
“threats from the DPRK” in order to deter China and that now it designs
to pressure China and play a key role in the Indian and Pacific oceans
together with the U.S.

A spokesman for the Defense Ministry of China stressed that it is
imperative to be further vigilant against Japan’s tendency to develop
attack weapons necessary for surpassing “exclusive defense”.

In the world today which has faced the unprecedented change of the
situation of peace and stability, Japan’s outdated way of thinking aimed
at overseas expansion will never yield a good result.

The world must be vigilant against Japan’s moves for overseas expansion.