Source: Asahi News (accessed on July 11, 2014).
Friday, July 11, 2014
Japan vs. The World: The Collective Self-Defense-V/The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands-XXXXI
China is worried that Japan will use the amended constitution to encourage the Philippines and Vietnam to enhance their position regarding Chinese claims over islands in SCS. Even though the Abe regime explains three conditions necessary to deploy the SDF to fight in oversea, many questions cannot be answered. For example, who decides whether an attack on a friendly nation represents a “clear threat” to Japan? Since the Japanese Diet has passed the “special secrecy protection bill” in December 2013 which prohibits anyone inside government from revealing information including national security to the public, the information could be buried inside the government forever without any public attention or knowledge. Furthermore, while Abe promised “limits” to involvement in overseas operation, Abe and the new interpretation fail to define “limits.” As a result, the new interpretation may provide a “blank check” to invoke the right of collective self-defense under the guise of “national security” in the future by any right-wing or nationalist regime. Why does Japan need to exercise collective self-defense to that end? As Mainichi Shimbun states, “It is totally unacceptable for the government to decide to drastically change security policy without sufficiently explaining why Japan needs to exercise the right to collective self-defense, measures to put the brakes on such operations, risks involving the use of this right and its legal basis (Mainichi News July 1, 2014).” Why now? The Japanese government provides no answers.
After growing up and studying in China and Japan, Dr. Suganuma went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning master’s degrees at both St. John's University (in Chinese studies) and Syracuse University (in international relations) as well as a Ph.D. (in geography) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.