Posted by: bklunk | December 4, 2006

Security Dilemma

a-arikawa asks some important questions.  It might make more sense to see this as a reaction to North Korean moves.

Lower House OKs defense ministry bill


This is an article from Japan times on November 30, by Kyodo news.  It is said that one of the Japanese political house “Lower house” said OK to create the defence ministry bill in Japan. According to this article, it is said that the job which was done by satate minister will be done by cabinet ministers. Also, Defence agency will have more power such as call a cabinet meeting or pursue new legistlation. In addition, according to yahoo japan news, it is said that the work such as developing support by self difence or git rid of landmine will be the standard job which was used to treat as accompaniment job. One of the party (social democratic party) opposed but I think it will create. I think it is good to contribituted to the society by peace keeping however, I am afrid that this will connect to the war. I suppose that North Korea will see this is the bad movement, so I hope this will not going to be a trigger of the war.

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  1. This article is pretty interesting, simply because it is continuing to show reform in Japan. I dont think that it is a major change, or will have extremely significant effects. However, I think that it is a good thing because this reform has been being pursued since 1954. It will be interesting to see what sort of shifts in power, authority, reform, regulation, etc that will come out of this new change.

  2. While I am inclined to agree with Kelly because the reform has been pursued for so long, I am a bit worried at the doors this reform could open up. The last line of the article admits that the opposition has been because of Japan’s fear of becoming militaristic again. It seems that if the reform goes through it may just be one step along a continuum-remember, Japan already was threatening a military build-up after North Korea tested a nuclear devise. Perhaps if this goes through and they percieve North Korea as a threat in the future it would not be so unlikely that they will abandon the nuclear umbrella in support of their own arsenal. Im not saying this is absolutely dangerous, just that it is something we need to keep in the back of our minds.

  3. I don’t blame Japan for wanting to bolster its security. Granted it is under the umbrella of American protection, if I had a nuclear neighbor you better believe I would be upping my defenses. I admit that would be playing into the security dilemma, but it may be a good thing for Japan to increase their defenses and take some of the burden off the shoulders of the U.S. Plus, a decent military presence in Japan could deter N. Korea from pulling this kind of stunt again in the future. However, in addition to these military options I hope they consider working with N. Korea to solve this problem with diplomacy rather than force.

  4. I see this as a good move more Japan. With this security upgrade North Korea will become more and more will to talk with all these countries involved. I’m sure this is not a move that North Korea wanted to see Japan make, but this move does not leave North Korea with many options but to talk with all the countries involved. Like the post before me stated this will help the U.S. a great deal in the peace talks with North Korea. Especially with only a very small nuclear test performed by North Korea I don’t see any threat to Japan as a result of this.

  5. I see this as a very important step for the military in Japan post-WWII, as it is imperative that a countries military not be completely soveriegn, but led by civilian leaders, much like the civilian Defense Secretary in the United States. The DMJ has it right to request strict civilian control of the military, as this is imperative so as to prevent military coups such as the one that just recently occured in Fiji. When there is such close cooperation and “checks” between civilian and military components of the government, I believe that the mission of the military can be carried out in a much more efficient and effective manner.

  6. I think that it is a step in the right direction for Japan. Military needs to be carried out by the governing state–it is a right to have your own army/defense system, national pride goes along with that. But at the same time this could be the start of a long arms race if its not played out right. Who knows where North Korea’s mind is at today or the next day. Any wrong move could be considered as an act of war to North Korea and the next thing you know Japan is an island short. I doubt that that would happen but an arms race in that area is not such a far off idea.
    But all-in-all I think that it is good that Japan is stepping up, and it might even make North Korea sweat about what they are going to do next. This arms race might work in favor of the international community as a whole.

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