New Realities

Sekigawa, Eiichiro
December 2004
Aviation Week & Space Technology;12/20/2004, Vol. 161 Issue 24, p38
Trade Publication
This article reports that as it looks forward to the next five years of defense spending, Japan is realigning its procurement with a philosophical shift that recognizes China and North Korea as its biggest threats, accepts a greater military role in international coalitions and regards terrorism as a greater domestic threat. It's not the end of the Cold War being recognized this time, but the reality of new threats from terrorism and regional ambitions, eroding the pacifist role Japan assumed after its defeat in World War II. The new doctrine diminishes the army's personnel and armored units on Japan's northern Hokkaido Island in favor of a buildup in central Japan on Shikoku Island and on Okinawa.


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