Abe tells SDF to be vigilant after N Korea’s nuclear test

(From Kyodo)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed the Self-Defense Forces’ top brass Monday to fully implement his administration’s security legislation and give their all to addressing an “unprecedented” security situation in East Asia.

Japan's PM Abe and Defense Minister Inada review the honour guard before a meeting with Japan Self-Defense Force's senior members at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) and Defense Minister Tomomi Inada (L) review the honour guard before a meeting with Japan Self-Defense Force’s senior members at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo September 12. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Abe told senior SDF officers Japan is “facing extremely severe circumstances” from a security standpoint, citing North Korea’s prohibited nuclear and missile technology development, including a fifth nuclear test last Friday following its fourth in January.

He also hinted at China’s assertive activities at sea and in the air, saying, “The reality is that military vessels are entering our waters and aircraft of unclear origin are entering our airspace.” Read More



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