It is a well-known fact that Japan has persevered in its attempt to become a military power and seek overseas expansion even after its defeat, without abandoning its unrealized past dream.
This attempt, going beyond the danger limit, has now become a variable of danger in the region. It has also become a major factor in undermining the regional stability.
Japanese prime minister Kishida made a keynote speech at the Asia Security Summit held in Singapore on June 10. In the speech, he clarified the stand of Japan to dispatch its squadron to the Indo-Pacific region to conduct a joint exercise with the naval forces of several countries, in order to “contribute to establishing a free and open marine order”.
To back up what he said, a squadron with the escort ship Izmo as a flagship sallied into the Indo-Pacific region on June 13. This squadron would conduct a joint exercise with the countries in the region for about five months.
This is an extremely dangerous act of entering a full-scale stage to realize its ambition for overseas expansion behind the signboard of “contributing to peace”.
Overseas expansion is precisely reinvasion.
For this, Japan needed to have good justification and to revise its law.
Japan rearmed under the patronage of the U.S. after its defeat has speeded up its move to become a military power with the constant “threats from neighboring countries” as an excuse. It also persists in its attempt to make a law to support the overseas dispatch of “Self-Defense Force” and to seek militarization in new spheres including space.
Japan pays lip service to the “peaceful state” and “total defense”. But it invented “Law on Counter-piracy”, “Security Law” and other laws so that the “Self-Defense Force” can take military actions without any shame moving around the world under the pretext of “international peacekeeping mission”.
The danger of Japan’s recent military move lies in the fact that it can be turned into an actual warfare at any moment by accumulating experiences for overseas aggression.
Japan should understand clearly that it will only end up with failure if it defiantly resorts to its reckless overseas expansion without abandoning its unrealized past dream of “Great East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere”.