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US-Japan set New Defence Rules
May 08, 2015

The United States and Japan unveiled new rules for defence cooperation in a move that will give Japanese forces a wider global role amid concerns over China’s rising sway. Under the revised guidelines, Japan could come to the aid of U.S. forces threatened by a third country.

  • The US and Japan said the new doctrine is not aimed at China. They pointedly made mention of North Korea as another source of tension in the region.

  • United States saw the disputed Senkaku Islands, known in Chinese as the Diaoyus, as firmly under Japan’s control.

  • The sovereignty of the isles has been a source of friction between Japan and China for decades.

  • The US said the new guidelines would make Japan safer, and bring greater stability to the Asia-Pacific region. It’s a historic transition in the defence relationship between our two countries.

  • Japan said that since 1997, when the defence ties were last revised, the security environment in the United States and Japan has changed dramatically.

  • The new guidelines would draw a picture of the Japan-U.S. alliance for the next decade and beyond.

  • The amended guidelines were drawn up to reflect a reinterpretation of Japan’s constitution by Shinzo Abe’s government last year allowing for collective defence.

  • The new guidelines would allow both countries to modernize their alliance, helping open new areas of military cooperation.

  • Japan would now be able to defend U.S. ships engaged in missile defence activities near its territory. It means that Japan can respond to attacks on third countries if they are in close association with Japan and if those attacks directly affect Japanese security.

  • The reinterpretation of the constitution and the new defence guidelines are part of Shinzo Abe’s bid to soften Japan’s constitutional commitment to pacifism.

  • The United States imposed the principle after World War II, but now strongly supports Japan’s new approach.


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