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What's Japan's next move after passing war bill?

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

09-30-2015 14:18 BJT

By Hou Jun, PhD student of International Relations Department,China Foreign Affairs University

Tokyo's Diet (Japan's parliament) had voted in favor of new security bills recently in the Upper House chamber. Japan’s pacifist Constitution, which has lasted for over 70 years, will now just exist in name only.

The new security bills would abandon the "purely defensive defense" policy, and re-establish  offensive Armed Forces for the country. Japan's next move could be even more troublesome.

Japan’s PM Abe could destabilize peace in Asia-Pacific

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration remains persistent to amend the pacifist Constitution to appease Japanese rightists. Abe even claimed that amending the Constitution has been his lifelong political mission.

He contends that the formulation of an "independent constitution" is the spirit of the Liberal Democratic Party and this generation of Japanese people.

Those who support amending the Constitution feel that foreign countries are encroaching upon their sovereignty. They believe Tokyo can only act independently with stronger Self Defense forces.

At the end of 2012, Abe was re-elected to the prime minister’s office again. He campaigned on a platform in support of a rising domestic nationalism, arousing "China threat theory" concerns to win over popular will.

He has caved in on American demands to boost Japanese military expeditures as another excuse to amend the Constitution.

Japan's future trend is worrying

The war bill had overthrown Japan’s peaceful path, which brings more uncertainties for the country and the world.

The war bill betrayed international expectations and diminished Tokyo's reputation. After the World War II, Japan had acted as a peaceful country.

Under the halo of peace, the international community has shown tremendous tolerance on Japan's so-called un-reflection of its military aggression history. Accordingly, the new security bills present the true face of Japan.

It tears apart Japanese society, which cannot be eased in the near future.

Tokyo’s political opposition parties and the Japanese public have initiated blockbuster demonstrations with millions of people taking to the streets, which had not been witnessed in the country for several decades.

The Japanese society may fall into unrest for a lengthy period of time, which would worsen its already stagnant economy. If the turmoil cannot be resolved, the awkward "Abe economics" may go bankrupt with its regime collapsing.

The war bill does not bring security for Japan. Abe argues that the new security bills would build a stronger Japan for its peace and security. However, that’s a fruitless approach.

Japan's Armed Forces expansion could lead to an armaments race in the Asian-Pacific region. Although the US agreed to lift a ban on Japan's collective self-defense rights, it doesn't conform with America's national interests.

The war bill destroys Sino-Japanese relations and has deteriorated China's security environment. Tokyo feigned the "China threat theory" at the price of the Sino-Japanese relationship.

The new security bills are intended to constrain Beijing. Tokyo has demonstrated strengthened support for Washington’s policy towards Beijing, which signal new challenges ahead for Sino-US relations.

Additionally, the new security bills will offer more military cooperation with the Philippines and Vietnam, two countries that are engaged in territorial disputes with China. Accordingly, the risk of war and threats against peace and development in East Asia would intensify.

 

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