Shinzo Abe calls North Korea's nuclear policy a national crisis, vows to bolster defense measures
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the threat from North Korea is the most serious security concern his country has faced since World War II
Tokyo: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the threat from North Korea is the most serious security concern his country has faced since World War II and has pledged to bolster defense measures.
Outlining priorities in his policy speech in parliament on Thursday, Abe called North Korea's sixth nuclear test and missiles that flew over Japan earlier this year "a national crisis."
Abe says Japan will take "concrete actions" under the Japan-US alliance in order to respond to any emergency amid Pyongyang's "escalating provocation." He says Japan will further strengthen its missile defense capability.
Japan's defense spending has steadily increased since Abe took office in 2012. Tokyo has said it plans to buy more American missile defense systems.
The emperor, who took the throne in 2019, is the honorary patron of the Tokyo Olympics.
Japan's massive security apparatus has raised complaints that the nation, during the weeks of the Games, will look more like authoritarian North Korea or China than one of the world’s most powerful, vibrant democracies.
Bach, who has faced scattered protests since arriving in Japan, appealed to the public to throw their support behind the athletes despite fears of a spike in cases as thousands of international visitors arrive.