Japan panel Sweeping defense buildup, more cost unavoidable

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  • “It is necessary to gain understanding of the people about the need for bearing the (financial) burden.”The panel also called for the deployment of a sufficient number of missiles, including so-called standoff or long-range missiles for striking enemy targets from outside of their firing range.
  • TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese government-commissioned panel said in a report to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that drastic defense buildup including the use of preemptive strike is “indispensable” to counter growing threats in the region.
  • The government says its use is constitutional if in response to signs of an imminent enemy attack.But the capability that would allow Japan to strike and disable enemy missiles before they’re launched is controversial.
  • “Reinforcing deterence is the top priority for the government and the governing party,” Kishida said when he met with executives of the governing bloc after receiving the panel recommendations.
  • Natsuo Yamaguchi, who heads Komeito, also said that Japan’s shouldering of more deterence capability under the Japan-U.S. security alliance means “a fundamental change to the concept of deterence, so we have to carefully think about the limitations.”
  • Measures would be costly and increasing both the defense capability and budget in a country with rapidly aging and declining population may not be easy.
By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated PressTOKYO (AP) A Japanese governmentcommissioned panel said in a report to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that drastic defense buildup including the use of preemptive [+3244 chars]