Japan Prime Minister Wants to Include Possible Attack on Enemy Bases in Security Strategy
© AP Photo / Eugene HoshikoJapanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delivers his first policy speech during an extraordinary Diet session at the lower house of parliament Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Tokyo.
© AP Photo / Eugene Hoshiko
TOKYO (Sputnik) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper that the national security strategy should include the possibility to attack enemy bases for self-defence purposes.
According to the Japanese prime minister, this initiative is linked to the growing military capabilities of North Korea that carries out missile tests.
"The capabilities of [North Korean] missiles are being constantly boosted. To protect people's lives, it is necessary to take a position that allows considering various options given the developments," Kishida said.
He added that the national security strategy should be revised as soon as possible.
The idea to include the possibility to attack enemy bases for self-defence purposes into the national security strategy was voiced by former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe but his successor, Yoshihide Suga, delayed the decision on the issue.