This news reported that the Defense Agency Director General NUKAGA Fukushirō (額賀福志郎) said Japan should consider acquiring the "capability to attack enemy missile bases" following North Korea's missile launches to the Sea of Japan on July 5, 2006. After this news was reported, China implied its "opinion" in the foreign ministry spokeswoman's press conference.
Well, China is not eligible to say anything on this matter however.
First of all, China disposes nuclear missiles such as "Dongfeng 21" (東風21 / NATO code name:CSS-5) in its domestic base in Tonghua (通化), Jilin Province (吉林省) aiming at major cities of Japan such as Tokyo and military bases of the Japan Self Defense Forces and the US Army. It is the evidence that China clearly regards Japan as its "enemy" and it indicates that China has a capability to attack strategic bases in Japan ("enemy's bases" from China's view) for any disputes between Japan and China or the US and China. (Details are mentioned in my previous essay No. 114. (China's nuclear missiles aiming at its "most supporting country" Japan)
Japan currently does not equip any aircraft carriers and missiles that are indispensable for attacking remote targets. It means if a war occurs between Japan and China or Japan and North Korea, Japan is not capable to have decisive attacks. In this condition, it is definitely impossible to have any "Japan's military aggressions" that China and Koreas repeatedly say. The reason why China criticizes Japan regarding this matter must be something else.
China already has an absolute advantage against Japan in terms of its military capability that equips nuclear weapons. Consequently, diplomatically and politically, China has a lead in the region. It is quite common knowledge that China aims to hold supremacy in East Asia so China is displeased if Japan gains power to block its aspiration. China does not want to accept Japan to have a capability to attack enemy bases that China already has. But the time has changed after 60 years from the war, and now Japanese people are not obedient sheep for China any longer.
The voting results of an internet survey, "Do you think that Japan needs to have a capability of attacking enemy's bases" by Yahoo! Japan shows an interesting result. The 80 % of the total vote cast was "Yes." The result indicates that Japanese people have been woken up by North Korea's missile launch.
The Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan has become almost like a religion for believers after the World War II. But people have realized that its principle, "To maintain pacifism contributes for the stability and peace of all over the world" is nominal before military threats of one-party dictatorships. The result of the survey shows that people's awareness has risen that we have to protect our country and people by ourselves and we should have a capability of attacking enemy bases as our insurance regardless to actually exercise it or not. That every person has the awareness is a rather normal condition than just dreaming eternal peace.
In that sense, we would appreciate North Korea that launched seven missile in a day. China obviously obstructed the UN resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea by threatening to veto in the Security Council to force to change to a resolution only condemning North Korea. Thank North Korea and China to confess the real mind.
Although Japan is surrounded by enemy countries, there is a friendly neighbor of us.
President Chen Sui-pien's words tells that we are sharing this situation under the threats of military power by scoundrel nations.
Japan's reaction against North Korea's missile launches (not only this, there have been other reasons such as abductions, illicit sales of drags and gorged money), or China's action which launches missiles to threaten Taiwan, which one is more justifiable?
One thing has been made clear by this problem that it is absolutely impossible to have good relationships with both of China and North Korea. As Japanese people have been woken up by North Korea's missiles, I am expecting that people will pay more attention on Taiwan that it is a very important strategic partner besides the United States to protect our country.
Reference for English translation
*1. Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Jiangyu's Regular Press Conference on 11 July 2006. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China.