US Asia-Pacific Ramp-Up: Will Japan Become Washington’s Regional Foot Soldier?…”Tokyo now is perfectly capable not only defending itself but of being the first to attack.”

Friday, August 12, 2016
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
12.08.2016

Many military experts note that the US has been trying to capitalize on tensions between China and Japan and wreak havoc in the region, however preferring to stay behind the scenes; Russian military analyst Konstantin Sivkov told Sputnik that Tokyo is perfectly able not only to defend itself but be the first to attack.

Washington is now trying to pursue a destabilization strategy in Asia-Pacific, according to political analyst Stanislav Tarasov.
The expert suggests that Washington tries to capitalize on tensions between China and Japan, as well as North Korea’s nuclear activities in its standoff with Beijing.

The Japanese government has approved a record $44 billion defense budget, its largest ever, and brought into effect new laws easing restraints on Japan’s military and permitting Japanese troops to operate outside the country for the first time since World War II.

The changes represent the biggest revisions in the country’s defense policy since adopting its 1947 constitution, prepared during the American occupation of Japan.

Japanese security policy has now extended well beyond the constraints that were operating throughout Japan’s postwar history.

Russian military science professor and president at the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, Konstantin Sivkov told Sputnik that Tokyo now is perfectly capable not only defending itself but of being the first to attack.

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