TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan announced on China and South Korea that object to any signs of Japan’s remilitarization. In retrospect, Japan’s rewritten constitution under the auspices of the allied . Japan’s remilitarization will have a major shift in the geopolitical. Japan may be picking up the pace on its long and steady path toward normalizing its military. The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported Aug.

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The uniqueness of Article 9 is that it is considered explicitly pacifist.

The Remilitarization of Japan, Explained

In other words, it explicitly states that Japan may never build, or maintain, a military force with war-waging capabilities. However, the Japanese nationalist have since then argued that Japan, like any other sovereign state in international system, has the right to maintain a military.

Currently, Japan has a self-defense force — the Japanese Self-Defense Forces JSDFwhich has maintained an anti-piracy base in the Horn of Africa, mandated to remipitarization lethal force where necessary as part of an overseas contingent in South Sudan.

Present day China is seen to be challenging the existing territorial status remilitarizstion in East Asia on multiple fronts. In the south it is laying claims to huge swathes of ocean thought to be rich in oil and gas but legitimately claimed by several nations. Analysts have increasingly commented that China has been flexing its military muscles and intimidating its neighbours into accepting its expanded claims.

While some countries like Vietnam have actively resisted by engaging in naval maneuvering that features attempted ramming and water cannon, but no use of live ordinance so far, others like the Philippines, have attempted to take their case against China to bodies like the World Court. Scholars dealing in Japanese studies have repeatedly pointed out that since the end of Cold War, the developments in the region such as North Korean efforts to develop nuclear weapons and Chinese misadventures have alarmed the Japanese state.


In the backdrop of growing threat from Chinese steady modernizing of its armed forces and acting increasingly assertive in its territorial disputes, Japan feels that the Chinese mainland is now behaving in a really aggressive way both in the South China Sea and East China Sea that reflects its intention to attack Japanese interests.

Additionally, with growing uncertainty about its US ally especially whether it would defend the disputed islands has prompted Japan to increase its military build-up. In order to manage associated external risks and internal counter-pressures, Japanese policy makers have sought to safeguard national security against a perceived range of increasingly complex regional and international security challenges.

Japan, in the recent past has tended towards emphasizing a low-profile national security posture.

Since the mids, the Japanese government has committed itself to go beyond technical research and embarked to introduce and procure Ballistic Missile Defence BMD programmes.

In this regards, the Japanese National Defence Policy Outline announced a need to respond to new types of threats such as ballistic-missile attacks, guerrilla or special-operations attacks, and invasion of outlying islands.

Japan’s Remilitarization: Implications For Regional Security – Analysis – Eurasia Review

The Outline also required the development of heightened capacity to contribute to the international security environment through participation in multilateral operations overseas. As such, in Japan declared that it wouldinvest billions of dollars in new submarines, ships and stealth fighter aircraft. Jappan to its defensive posture and politics in the past, Japan is said to be growing increasingly nationalistic and militarized.


It is true that Japan is rebalancing its defense budget that would be useful in deterring or defeating the most likely remilitarizatoon problem the country faces. However, it has been argued that the time has come for Japan to take a much more prominent role in East Asian security issues. The fact of the matter is both sides are securitizing each other.

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Remilitarizatiion is seen to be slowly adjusting to conditions that require balancing Chinese influence in East Asia. Such Japanese adjustments is seen as redefining the scope of Japanese defense interest as more expansive than defending the home islands, which will have an effect on the security dilemma in East Asia.

On the contrary, this new commitment is seen as a possible flash point for defensive Chinese countermeasures or probing actions that will further jpaan tensions. The fact remains that Japan has already taken steps towards remilitarization. The expanding role of Self Defense Forces SDF alone demonstrates that Japan has already increased its defense and become more militarized.

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