Chinese maritime moves, N. Korea’s nukes Japan’s main defense issues

From The Japan Today:

China and North Korea remain in the spotlight in Japan’s defense white paper this year, which outlines Japanese wariness of rising Chinese military power and concern about the North Korean nuclear arms program.

The “Defense of Japan 2005” report, compiled by the Defense Agency and endorsed by the Cabinet on Tuesday, explains Japan’s plan to introduce a missile defense shield by March 2007 and Japan’s response to “new threats” such as terrorism and ballistic missiles, in line with a new defense guideline revised last December.

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