Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has admitted the possibility of pre-emptive strikes against enemy bases as part of a revision of the national defense strategy aimed at developing Japanese military capabilities.
Supersonic and ballistic missile technologies, particularly those developed by North Korea, continue to evolve, and from the standpoint of ensuring the security of the Japanese people, a review of national defense strategy should begin as soon as possible to consider all realistic possibilities.
For the past 17 years, there have been discussions in Japan about acquiring weapons that would allow a preemptive strike against the missile installations of one of the main enemies in the region, North Korea. Such a defensive concept would represent a fundamental shift in Tokyo's military strategy. However, as former Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kano noted, before considering the possibility of adopting such a strategy, it is necessary to clearly define what exactly this concept encompasses.