Prime Minister Abe calls for stronger defenses amid concern over North Korea
Japan Times -- Sep 11
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday called for boosting the country’s defenses in the face of North Korean threats, warning that Tokyo needs to be able to protect itself.

Abe has long advocated a stiffening of Japan's military posture, despite the pacifist nature of the Constitution.

In a speech to senior officers of the Self-Defense Forces, Abe said: "No one else will protect you if you don't have the mindset of protecting yourself."

"We have to take all appropriate measures against (incidents such as) North Korea's missile launch over Japan," added the prime minister, who said he had asked his defense minister to draw up a blueprint for a medium-term defense strategy.

Abe, who moved quickly after the election of Donald Trump to keep the U.S. president close, said that "strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance is vital" to ensure regional stability.

"We have to deter North Korea's repeated provocative acts," he said, noting recent joint drills with the United States in the Sea of Japan and defense cooperation with like-minded countries including Australia.

安倍総理大臣は自衛隊の幹部を前に訓示し、北朝鮮が挑発行為を繰り返していることを受け、アメリカと協力して防衛体制などを強化する考えを強調しました。 安倍総理大臣:「北朝鮮が挑発行為を繰り返すなか、その脅威を抑止しなければならない。
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