Japan Promises 'Dynamic' Defense Strategy

      December 06, 2010 09:50

      In a move away from a strictly defensive posture Japan has maintained since World War II, the country will introduce what it calls a "dynamic" military strategy to better respond to threats to its security.

      In the National Defense Program Outline for 2011-2015 to be released this month, Tokyo introduces a new concept dubbed "dynamic defense capability" that boosts deterrence against China and enables a rapid response to threats such as terrorism, NHK reported Sunday. So far there has only been a strategy aimed at responding to an invasion.

      The defense program outline is revised regularly to reflect changing security policy.

      The outline also includes plans to boost the U.S.-Japan alliance and enhance defense cooperation with South Korea and Australia. It expresses concerns over North Korea's nuclear and missile development and China's rapid military buildup.

      Meanwhile, Washington and Tokyo are to start policy talks in preparation for a possible regime collapse in North Korea, the Asahi Shimbun reported Saturday. Their preparation aims to handle emergencies such as a mass exodus of refugees as uncertainties are rising amid Kim Jong-il's deteriorating health and dynastic succession to his son Jong-un.

      The two countries are expected to consult a conceptual plan South Korea and the U.S. have worked out for the same scenarios.

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