Japanese Ambassador on Military
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 34 , Segment 5
Episode: Nuclear Iran, Opposites Attract, Hollywood Diversity
- Mar 31, 2015 9:00 pm
- 11:22 mins
(1:31:18) Guest: Kenichiro Sasae, Japanese Ambassador to the United States Japan appears to be shifting away from the pacifist approach to national defense imposed upon it by the United States after World War II. For decades, Japan has been bound by its constitution drafted in 1947 to mobilize troops solely for self-defense. But since two Japanese citizens were beheaded by the group calling itself The Islamic State, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stepped up efforts to overhaul the nation’s security strategy. In April, Japan’s governing “Diet” is expected to debate a package of bills from Abe’s government that would create a legal framework for a “Self-Defense Force” to protect Japan’s power overseas like a normal military.