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Japanese government has declared that it has 'counterattack capabilities' that it can attack enemy countries in some cases.

It was decided to revise the Japanese security document, and I will connect it to Tokyo.

Correspondent Park Sang-jin, how should we look at the part that declared possession of counterattack capability?


Yes, Japan has been carrying on the concept of exclusive defense in which Japan uses at least its defense power when attacked, but from now on, it can attack enemy countries in some cases.

It means that when your country or another country with close relations is attacked, you can hit enemy missile bases.

[Fumio Kishida/Prime Minister of Japan: Missile technology is evolving rapidly.

It is unavoidable (to have) a counterattack capability that serves as a deterrent to the other country from thinking of attacking.]

Japan has been pushing for a counterattack capability, saying that it is difficult to block the hypersonic missiles being developed by North Korea and China with the current defense system.

Japan insists that it will only exercise the minimum necessary when its existence is threatened and a clear danger arises.

However, there are concerns that it may be a preemptive strike because it is ambiguous to determine the target and the timing of the opponent's attack.


Did you decide to drastically increase the defense budget?


Japan has decided to secure 43 trillion yen, or about 410 trillion won, of our money over the next five years.

It is 1.5 times more than the previous five-year defense budget.

The Japanese government plans to increase its annual defense spending to 11 trillion yen, or 2% of GDP, by 2027.

It plans to spend trillions of yen on introducing American Tomahawk missiles and securing ammunition in preparation for combat.


Please tell us what Japan expressed about neighboring countries in this document.


Yes, it seems that the distinction between enemy and friendly countries has been made clearer.

As for China, it was described as 'the greatest strategic challenge ever' in the amendment.

North Korea has been classified as a more serious and imminent threat than before.

As before, Korea was described as a 'neighboring country that is very important geopolitically and for Japan's security'.

However, as the claim of sovereignty over Dokdo was still repeated, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea summoned the general manager of the Japanese Embassy in Korea to strongly protest.

(Video coverage: Han Chul-min · Moon Hyun-jin, video editing: Kim Byeong-jik)