FROM DISPUTED ISLANDS TO RISING DEFENCE BUDGETS: ARE CHINA AND JAPAN READY FOR WAR?
The new Japanese Defence Minister, Tomomi Inada, on his first day in office has unleashed heavy criticism against North Korea and China: the former for its "provocation" with missile launches; the latter because the Chinese government wants "to change the status quo by force" in the region. Tomomi Inada, a nationalist, was appointed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the ministry of defence."North Korea has resumed its military actions of provocation, such as the nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches," said the Minister. The second jab was given to China for the old issue of disputed islands in the South China Sea, "China has quickly become active in the waters and airspace surrounding Japan."Ms. Inada, like Abe, is in favor of revising the pacifist constitution dictated by the Americans at the end of World War II, which prevents the country from equipping itself with armed forces which are not for self-defense purposes only.By Teresa TERRACIANOYou can read the rest of the article on our issue of September