Tokyo Seeks to Authorize Troop Move in Korean Emergency

      August 16, 2013 11:49

      The Japanese government plans to classify emergencies on the Korean Peninsula as one situation authorizing Japanese troops to get active abroad, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Wednesday. The "emergencies" refer to an armed confrontation between North and South Korea or an all-out war.

      There have been creeping moves in Tokyo for some time to subvert the country's postwar pacifist constitution by asserting the right to "collective self-defense," whereby the country can send troops abroad if an ally is in some way under threat.

      According to the Yomiuri, the Japanese government wants to impress on both ruling and opposition lawmakers that it is impossible under current laws for Japan to mobilize its military to support U.S. troops in Korea in case of an emergency.

      The Abe administration has recently appointed officials including the justice minister to look into a full revision of the pacifist constitution.

      Shiniichi Kitaoka of Tokyo University, who has been appointed as a special adviser, told Kyodo News that countries with "close security ties with Japan" would be designated as allies that justify Tokyo to exercise its right of collective self-defense.

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