North Korea still poses a serious and imminent threat to Japan. This was stated by Japan today in its first annual defence review since tensions eased on the Korean peninsula.
Japan’s 2018 defence white paper also took aim at China’s rise as a military power, saying Beijing was sparking strong security concerns in the region and international community, including Japan.
Tokyo insisted that there is no change concerning the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles.
In response, Japan is steadily upgrading its capacity to shield the nation from the North’s arsenal, including a plan to spend some 4.2 billion dollars over the next three decades on installing and operating US radar systems.