The Ministry of Defense Japanese warned on Friday that he is alarmed by threats of Russia and that he is increasingly worried about Taiwanin an annual report released at a time when Tokyo is considering strongly increasing its military spending.
The document contains a chapter on the Russian invasion of Ukraine which he warned could send the wrong message that “Attempting to unilaterally change the status quo by force is acceptable.”
Assesses global security and specific threats to Japan, noting concerns that Russia “further increase and deepen its relations with China.” It also warns that Moscow could rely more and more on its nuclear capacity as a deterrent, which could imply a rebound in activity around Japan where Russian nuclear submarines are usually mobilized.
Japan supported the sanctions USA and the European Union against Moscow, and has seen an increase in Russian military activity around its territory. In May, Chinese and Russian military aircraft carried out joint flights near Japan shortly after a meeting in Tokyo of the alianza Quad (Australia, Japan, India and the United States).
Regarding Taiwan, the document makes a detailed assessment of the security situation on the island and points out that “Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Taiwan has worked to strengthen its defense.”
According to the report, China is “a strong security concern”while North Korea presents a “serious and imminent threat”.
The document was published this year at a time of anticipation for a sharp increase in the Japanese military budget. The first Minister Fumio Kishida has publicly backed an increase in military spending, and his party has set a budget goal of 2% of GDP for the sector. The Japanese constitution does not officially recognize its armed forces, and its spending is limited to its defense capabilities.
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