January 30, 2023
KCNA Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EN)

Increased Defense Expense Is an Act Against Public Sentiment

Date: 21/01/2023 | Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EN) | Read original version at source

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Japanese government, in defiance of opposition at home and abroad, is set on pushing ahead with its plan to increase an astronomical defense expense, squandering the blood tax of its people.

After revising 3 major documents on its security including the “national security strategy” in December last year, Japanese government has decided to drastically increase its defense expenses within next 5 years by raising its quota to over 2% of GDP.

No sooner had the Japanese government announced its decision to increase its defense expenses than it promptly triggered strong vigilance and concern from its neighboring countries.

There is also growing discontent within Japan as their government is seeking to secure the financial sources by means of unilaterally increasing taxes on corporation, income and cigarette without giving them enough explanation for increased defense expenses and gaining an understanding of the people.

Overall socio-economic activities are on the wane, prices are rising and the living conditions are worsening in Japan owing to the disaster caused by malignant pandemic lasting for years. Such being the situation, what the Japanese people are in urgent need is not to see defense expenses increased but to see their economy be recovered and people’s life stabilized.

As universally acknowledged by the world, the northeast Asia has become a theater of unprecedented military confrontation owing to the U.S. strategy for hegemony, and the situation in its vicinity is exacerbating due to Japan’s reckless military expansion.

Japan is now in its defiant attempt to increase its astronomical defense expenses to equip itself with ultramodern armaments for preemptive attack. This is indeed an act of adding fuel to the fire, and it will only disturb the peace and security of the region.

It is obvious that Japan’s increased defense expense, far from improving its security environment, would only cause instability of the region. It would also cast a shadow over the prospect of recovery of its economy and add a big burden to people’s living.

Japanese government would be well-advised to look back upon on the lessons of history that it will come to a tragic end if it persists in its unpopular policy against the public sentiment.

Ri Pyong Dok

Researcher of the Institute for Studies of Japan

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DPRK

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