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Japan Seeks to Amend Defense Strategy to Protect Allies

japanA panel of advisers to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a set of conditions for exercising Japan’s right to defend other nations in case of an attack, Defense News reported Sunday.

Paul Kallender-Umezu writes that the Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security is slated to issue this week constitutional parameters that would enable Japan to implement a collective defense strategy.

“If we have the option to exercise this right, we’ll be able to make Japan a better partner in a region-wide security community,” said Narushige Michishita, a program director at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, according to Defense News.

“It creates a chance to play a larger and more important security role and contribute to the stability of the region by deterring the use of force, thus once more re-ensuring Japan’s security.”

Japan’s existing constitution calls for the nation to maintain an individual self-defense posture.

The panel will recommend that Japan exercise collective defense if a partner nation requests assistance during an illegal attack or if the incident poses threat to Japan’s national security, according to Kallender-Umezu’s article.

Kallender-Umezu writes that advisers’ report will also state that Japan must seek Diet approval to execute collective defense operations.

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