Japan’s New Military Focus: China and North Korea Threats

From the New York Times: “Japan adopted plans Friday to shift its military focus away from the cold-war threat of invasion from the Soviet Union to guarding against missiles from North Korea and Chinese incursions around its southernmost islands.

The new policy cuts tanks and artillery pieces by one-third, to about 600 of each, but greatly increases investment in missiles and forms a squadron of midair refueling planes to allow existing aircraft to attack North Korean missile sites and return home safely to Japan.”

Xinhua also published an article entitled “Bizarre indication of ‘China threat’ in Japanese defense program.

THe Financial Times had its analysis here.

December 11, 2004 10:46 AM
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