Japan should defend U.S. from ICBM attacks: panel

For those of you who don’t know, Japan’s constitution prevents them from taking aggressive action. It is so strict that when a North Korean ship attacked the Japanese Self-Defense Forces a few years back, the JSDF were apparently not allowed to fire back because the North Koreans were not using enough fire power to sink the ship. It is ridiculous how much red tape they have to go through when incidents like that occur. Japan has a huge self-defense force, but even in the event of an all out war, they could probably never use them until it was too late.

Anyway, the previous prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi, set them on course to amending their constitution when he sent peacekeeping troops to Iraq. His successor, Shinzo Abe, seems to be following in his footsteps and preparing Japan to exercise more leadership in international affairs. A 13-member panel has been meeting to formulate policy for Prime Minister Abe on how far the Self-Defense Forces should be allowed to go to help defend an ally of Japan under attack.

Japan should be allowed to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles fired at the United States, a government panel agreed Friday, indicating the Constitution would need to be reinterpreted so the country could come to the defense of an ally under attack.

There was overall consensus that it is absurd to have a legal system where Japan can’t do anything. There was no objection to the idea that we should intercept” a missile aimed at the U.S., Shinichi Kitaoka, a Tokyo University professor on the panel, told reporters after the meeting…

…Many members of the panel shared the view that not intercepting such missiles — despite having the capability to do so — would undermine the foundation of the Japan-U.S. security alliance and thus the right to defend an ally under attack should be exercised, according to Shunji Yanai, a former ambassador to the U.S. who heads the panel.

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