Japan-Military Expansion/Concerns

Japan steps on tight rope with militarily buildup to align with US, NATO

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FILE: Tokyo, Japan - Exact Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of National Diet

Tokyo, Japan - Recent (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
2. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Atsushi Koketsu, emeritus professor of Yamaguchi University (partially overlaid with shot 3):
"Japan has not given a clear explanation to the United States on lifting the export ban on next-generation fighter jets. Also, future weapons-related issues need to be fully affirmed by the United States. This is one of the purposes of Kishida's visit to the United States. In addition, Japan's support for Ukraine will likely continue in the future even if the United States' attitude changes, because Japan wants its status as a quasi-NATO ally to be recognized. This is not what the prime minister of a pacifist country with a pacifist constitution should do."

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FILE: Brussels, Belgium - Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
3. Various of banners of NATO, "NATO Star" sculpture
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Tokyo, Japan - Recent (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
4. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Takakage Fujita, director-general, civil group dedicated to upholding and developing Murayama Statement (partially overlaid with shot 5):
"Japan has no politics as a sovereign country. It is only acting as a subsidiary of the United States, listening to whatever the U.S. says. NATO is a purely European military alliance, and for Japan, which has a pacifist constitution, to join such a military alliance is utterly intolerable."

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FILE: Brussels, Belgium - Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
5. Flag of NATO
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Tokyo, Japan - Recent (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
6. Various of anti-military expansion seminar in progress
7. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Hiroshi Hoshino, journalist:
"The three security documents, prior to revisions, stipulate that involvement in places in a state of combat, even not in the form of weapons, are not allowed. Now fighter jets which can kill people is going to be developed, produced and exported. This current state is unacceptable."
8. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Sadao Hirano, former member, House of Councilors (partially overlaid with shot 9/ending with shot 10):
"Japan's policy of lifting the ban on the export of next-generation fighter jets is to integrate with the U.S. military-industrial complex. This is highly dangerous. I think this should stop no matter what. The way the budget increases, the nature of the budget, is like heading towards the direction of a new war, and it is to follow the United States. But no matter what, Asia is Asia. What the government is doing now is very dangerous."

Tokyo, Japan - March 28, 2024 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
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9. Various of protest against defense budget, placards
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10. Various of protest

FILE: Tokyo, Japan - Exact Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
11. Various of cityscape, street scene

Storyline


Japan's recent military expansion and the government's intention to align with the United States and NATO in global affairs have raised considerable concerns in the country.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is paying a visit to the U.S. next week with strengthening the Japan-U.S. military alliance on his agenda. This follows the government easing its strict defense equipment transfer rules, permitting the global export of next-generation fighter jets developed jointly with Britain and Italy, and a swelling defense budget drawing protests in late March.

Japanese scholars and opinion leaders have voiced their concerns over the government's tendency of straying away from the pacifist constitution and getting further involved in military alliances, fearing it would make Japan a pawn in games of U.S. hegemony.

"Japan has not given a clear explanation to the United States on lifting the export ban on next-generation fighter jets. Also, future weapons-related issues need to be fully affirmed by the United States. This is one of the purposes of Kishida's visit to the United States. In addition, Japan's support for Ukraine will likely continue in the future even if the United States' attitude changes, because Japan wants its status as a quasi-NATO ally to be recognized. This is not what the prime minister of a pacifist country with a pacifist constitution should do," said Atsushi Koketsu, emeritus professor of Yamaguchi University.

"Japan has no politics as a sovereign country. It is only acting as a subsidiary of the United States, listening to whatever the U.S. says. NATO is a purely European military alliance, and for Japan, which has a pacifist constitution, to join such a military alliance is utterly intolerable," said Takakage Fujita, director-general of the civil group dedicated to upholding and developing Murayama Statement.

"The three security documents, prior to revisions, stipulate that involvement in places in a state of combat, even not in the form of weapons, are not allowed. Now fighter jets which can kill people is going to be developed, produced and exported. This current state is unacceptable," said Hiroshi Hoshino, a journalist.

"Japan's policy of lifting the ban on the export of next-generation fighter jets is to integrate with the U.S. military-industrial complex. This is highly dangerous. I think this should stop no matter what. The way the budget increases, the nature of the budget, is like heading towards the direction of a new war, and it is to follow the United States. But no matter what, Asia is Asia. What the government is doing now is very dangerous," said Sadao Hirano, a former member of the House of Councilors, the upper house of the National Diet.

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  • ID : 8370680
  • Dateline : Recent/File
  • Location : Japan
  • Category : politics,society
  • Duration : 2'43
  • Audio Language : Japanese/Nats
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
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  • Published : 2024-04-03 16:41
  • Last Modified : 2024-04-03 20:31:27
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  • ID : 8370680
  • Dateline : 資料/最近
  • Category : politics,society
  • Duration : 2'43
  • Audio Language : 日本語/自然音声
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : 中国大陸での使用は不可
  • Published : 2024-04-03 19:59
  • Last Modified : 2024-04-03 20:31:27
  • Version : 3

Japan-Military Expansion/Concerns

Japan steps on tight rope with militarily buildup to align with US, NATO

Dateline : Recent/File

Location : Japan

Duration : 2'43

  • English
  • 日本語


FILE: Tokyo, Japan - Exact Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of National Diet

Tokyo, Japan - Recent (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
2. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Atsushi Koketsu, emeritus professor of Yamaguchi University (partially overlaid with shot 3):
"Japan has not given a clear explanation to the United States on lifting the export ban on next-generation fighter jets. Also, future weapons-related issues need to be fully affirmed by the United States. This is one of the purposes of Kishida's visit to the United States. In addition, Japan's support for Ukraine will likely continue in the future even if the United States' attitude changes, because Japan wants its status as a quasi-NATO ally to be recognized. This is not what the prime minister of a pacifist country with a pacifist constitution should do."

++SHOTS OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++
FILE: Brussels, Belgium - Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
3. Various of banners of NATO, "NATO Star" sculpture
++SHOTS OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++

Tokyo, Japan - Recent (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
4. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Takakage Fujita, director-general, civil group dedicated to upholding and developing Murayama Statement (partially overlaid with shot 5):
"Japan has no politics as a sovereign country. It is only acting as a subsidiary of the United States, listening to whatever the U.S. says. NATO is a purely European military alliance, and for Japan, which has a pacifist constitution, to join such a military alliance is utterly intolerable."

++SHOTS OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++
FILE: Brussels, Belgium - Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
5. Flag of NATO
++SHOTS OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++

Tokyo, Japan - Recent (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
6. Various of anti-military expansion seminar in progress
7. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Hiroshi Hoshino, journalist:
"The three security documents, prior to revisions, stipulate that involvement in places in a state of combat, even not in the form of weapons, are not allowed. Now fighter jets which can kill people is going to be developed, produced and exported. This current state is unacceptable."
8. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Sadao Hirano, former member, House of Councilors (partially overlaid with shot 9/ending with shot 10):
"Japan's policy of lifting the ban on the export of next-generation fighter jets is to integrate with the U.S. military-industrial complex. This is highly dangerous. I think this should stop no matter what. The way the budget increases, the nature of the budget, is like heading towards the direction of a new war, and it is to follow the United States. But no matter what, Asia is Asia. What the government is doing now is very dangerous."

Tokyo, Japan - March 28, 2024 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
++SHOTS OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++
9. Various of protest against defense budget, placards
++SHOTS OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++
10. Various of protest

FILE: Tokyo, Japan - Exact Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
11. Various of cityscape, street scene


Japan's recent military expansion and the government's intention to align with the United States and NATO in global affairs have raised considerable concerns in the country.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is paying a visit to the U.S. next week with strengthening the Japan-U.S. military alliance on his agenda. This follows the government easing its strict defense equipment transfer rules, permitting the global export of next-generation fighter jets developed jointly with Britain and Italy, and a swelling defense budget drawing protests in late March.

Japanese scholars and opinion leaders have voiced their concerns over the government's tendency of straying away from the pacifist constitution and getting further involved in military alliances, fearing it would make Japan a pawn in games of U.S. hegemony.

"Japan has not given a clear explanation to the United States on lifting the export ban on next-generation fighter jets. Also, future weapons-related issues need to be fully affirmed by the United States. This is one of the purposes of Kishida's visit to the United States. In addition, Japan's support for Ukraine will likely continue in the future even if the United States' attitude changes, because Japan wants its status as a quasi-NATO ally to be recognized. This is not what the prime minister of a pacifist country with a pacifist constitution should do," said Atsushi Koketsu, emeritus professor of Yamaguchi University.

"Japan has no politics as a sovereign country. It is only acting as a subsidiary of the United States, listening to whatever the U.S. says. NATO is a purely European military alliance, and for Japan, which has a pacifist constitution, to join such a military alliance is utterly intolerable," said Takakage Fujita, director-general of the civil group dedicated to upholding and developing Murayama Statement.

"The three security documents, prior to revisions, stipulate that involvement in places in a state of combat, even not in the form of weapons, are not allowed. Now fighter jets which can kill people is going to be developed, produced and exported. This current state is unacceptable," said Hiroshi Hoshino, a journalist.

"Japan's policy of lifting the ban on the export of next-generation fighter jets is to integrate with the U.S. military-industrial complex. This is highly dangerous. I think this should stop no matter what. The way the budget increases, the nature of the budget, is like heading towards the direction of a new war, and it is to follow the United States. But no matter what, Asia is Asia. What the government is doing now is very dangerous," said Sadao Hirano, a former member of the House of Councilors, the upper house of the National Diet.

ID : 8370680

Published : 2024-04-03 16:41

Last Modified : 2024-04-03 20:31:27

Source : China Central Television (CCTV)

Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland

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