Japan's Ground Self-Defence Force has launched the largest-ever military exercises on September 15.
Involved in the drills slated to last for more than two months until late November are about 100 000 military personnel, at least 20 000 vehicles, up to 120 airplanes and even paramilitary forces.
The SDF announced that the drills are the largest-ever since 1993. In reality, the drills far exceed the precedents in terms of the number of personnel, equipment, duration and content.
The authorities say that the purpose of the drills is to make preparations for emergencies including the movement of units and the transport of equipment and supplies. But on the contrary the media analyse that they are aimed at "increasing capability to cope with marine activities of China” and “boosting defence capability on the Nansei Islands in the light of China's intensified marine advance."
The large-scale military exercises naturally arouse vigilance of the public in the region and the rest of the world.
Timed to coincide with them, the escort ship Fuyuzuki of the Maritime SDF was dispatched to the sea in the Middle East for the sixth time on the pretext of "ensuring safe voyage of vessels."
The large-scale military drills by the Ground SDF and the overseas dispatch of the Maritime SDF’s warship evidently show the frantic zeal for reinvasion of the Japanese militarists who are determined to realize overseas invasion at any time by constantly improving and perfecting their attack capabilities for an aggressive war.
The expanded "defence capability" is bound to find an "exit" in overseas invasion for sure.
Japan's military spending getting all-time high every year and subsequent introduction of aircraft carriers, latest stealth fighters and other cutting-edge offensive military hardware and its efforts to get ready for military operations in outer space, cyberspace and the sphere of electromagnetic waves can never be explained with the signboard of "defence".
At present, Japan broke the "limit of 1 percent of the GDP" for the defence budget which it has maintained for decades since the end of the war, and openly clamours for "possessing the capability for attacking the enemy's base" in order to ultimately take off the cloak of "defence".
What cannot be overlooked is also the fact that Japan has recently fomented ceaseless friction with neighbouring countries under the plea of territorial dispute and maritime security while staging a series of multi-national military drills at home and abroad under the signboard of cementing alliance.
Japan's ever-increasing war drills and uninterrupted overseas dispatches are as dangerous an act as its corpulent military force looking for the "second Pearl Harbor".