Japan New Multilateral Defense Strategy: Sun Rising in the West, Fear on Pacific Coasts, Ghost in Skies

Transparent Defense Alliance and Collaborative Arm Race to Prevent Guilt by Association and through Partnership to Control the Air and the seas: Talk Peace and Prepare for War

Japan is still in the making trying to recover from the downturn of the 1990’s.

As we say in French, Japan is still inside of the Mill: “On n’est pas encore sorti du moulin” 

Japan still carries  the dust of the past and the international environment and the regional geostrategic challenges are also adding more dust on the horizon of the Japanese Sun that instead of being a Rising Sun, it is just trying to shed light on its own lands and operations.

In response to the current global security climate, Japan is formulating a new national security strategy and updating policies that will boost defense spending. Kishida noted that this will open the doors for further cooperation with Japan’s allies and international partners.

Best of Good Luck to Japan and its Valeureux – Brave People

Best wishes of success.

Threats in the Pacific Cementing Force: China in the sea and North Korea in the air

On Nov. 25, 2022, a Chinese coast guard vessel equipped with the largest cannon ever seen on such a vessel entered Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Two ships entered Japanese territorial waters around 2:35 a.m. Friday. M Around 10 am, two more arrived, one with a 76 mm gun. A total of four Chinese Coast Guard vessels, including the vessel, were discovered in waters off uninhabited islands controlled by Tokyo that are also claimed by Beijing, the Japanese Coast Guard said. The latest incident came just days after Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their first summit since 2019.

In October 2022, North Korea launches a nuclear-capable ballistic missile at Japan, triggering evacuation alerts for Japanese citizens. The event was one of five missile tests conducted by Pyongyang over a 10-day period, a week after the United States, South Korea and Japan conducted joint military exercises in the region. China also sends its ships to pass between the island of Japan and the region around Taiwan.

Japan has been strengthening cooperation with NATO for just over a decade to discuss common security challenges and strengthen defense cooperation. The country took part in a NATO summit for the first time when Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attended the Alliance 2022 event in Madrid.

“As the international community stands at a crossroads in history, the participation of NATO’s Asia-Pacific partners, including Japan, in the NATO Summit expresses the realization that the security of Europe and of the Indo-Pacific is inseparable,” Kishida said during a speech at the summit.

Kishida signaled that Japan is looking to deepen its relationship with NATO further as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and ongoing challenges in the Indo-Pacific.

The emergence of virtual and cyber space as contested environments creates new opportunities for cooperation between Japan and NATO members. Technological sectors where collaboration can be asynchronous beyond the limitations and challenges imposed by a single geographical distance.

In response to the current global security climate, Japan is formulating a new national security strategy and updating policies that will boost defense spending. Kishida noted that this will open the doors for further cooperation with Japan’s allies and international partners.

Japan’s Defense Ministry requested more than $40 billion for the fiscal year 2023 budget, the largest amount in the country’s history. The order had more than 100 wish list items, but there were no specific funding amounts. These numbers will come after the doctrine is published, according to budget documents.

The order identified seven main areas of defense modernization priorities: stand-off defense, air and missile defense, unmanned vehicles, inter-domain operations, command and control, logistics, and sustainment capabilities.

The technologies are not dissimilar to some of the high-visibility NATO projects currently being developed by member and partner countries, including multinational command and control systems, multi-mission seaplanes, unmanned warships for the removal of mines, tracking submarines and a land-based modular system. air defense system.

Japan has been trying to achieve interoperability with NATO in recent years. For example, the country participated in the committee charged with promoting arms cooperation called the Conference of National Arms Managers, said Liviu Lazare, NATO’s industrial relations coordinator.

Since the organization is responsible for joint capability requirements for systems across the Alliance, Lazar said during the event, “the organization is an essential tool for achieving interoperability of NATO forces.” It also allows partner countries, such as Japan, to collaborate on research teams and projects.

Therefore, this transnational alliance in defense building will also require the training and combination of the respective air forces of the UK, Italy, Japan and now with India as the next partner for this global appeal against poverty once it is launched. the fighter jet has flown across the Pacific and joined. the Mediterranean and the North Sea in the Atlantic Ocean.

Speaking of the Atlantic, what is Japan’s position regarding the capabilities and scope of the NATO air force?

The Next Step Toward NATO is Collaboration with Its Members

Britain and Japan have been building a defense relationship for a while.

That work resulted last December in the two sides agreeing to develop a fighter jet engine demonstrator. The UK MoD is also supporting Japan in the delivery of their Joint New Air-to-Air Missile (JNAAM) program.

Dec 10, 2022 — Through the Global Combat Air ProgramUnited Kingdom and Italy are in collaboration with Japan in a project aimed jointly at building a next-generation stealth jet fighter by 2035.

Japan, UK & Italy to build fighter jet together – YouTube

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said in a statement providing security for Britain with programs like GCAP was vital. Mr. Sunak declared that: “We need to stay at the cutting-edge of advancements in defence technology – outpacing and out-maneuvering those who seek to do us harm. The international partnership we have announced today with Italy and Japan aims to do just that, underlining that the security of the Euro-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific regions are indivisible.”

Britain and Italy have previously collaborated in early development work on their own future combat air project, while Japan has been pursuing its next-generation F-X program.

If Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP) goes ahead it will be the biggest Japanese-European defense cooperation program ever undertaken.

For the moment there is no mention of whether Sweden remains interested in joining the program.

The three governments said that GCAP will “deepen our defense cooperation, science and technology collaboration, integrated supply chains, and further strengthen” the shared defense industrial base. “Importantly, the program will support the sovereign capability of all three countries to design, deliver and upgrade cutting-edge combat air capabilities, well into the future,” said the statement.

Japan and United States Renewal of Allied Rapprochement


Japan Diplomacy

Bibliographical Notes:

China warns Australia to ‘be careful’ of Japan – January 10, 2023

Move over, Tempest: Japan pact takes UK-Italy fighter plan ‘global’ – December 9, 2022

UK, Italy and Japan team up for new fighter jet – BBC News – December 9, 2022

Japan Seeks Deeper Defense Ties with NATO – December 6, 2022

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