From Pacifism to MilitarismIn the aftermath of the Second World War, Tokyo adhered to a largely pacifist security policy. However, over the last decade, Japan has been gradually revising its defense strategy. Last year, the nation unveiled a bold new military plan that envisages considerably stepping up its defense expenditures within the next five years. The new funding, amounting to roughly $320 billion, marks the country’s largest military build-up since the Second World War.”Tokyo believes that deploying hypersonic missiles will help it defend itself, but this is a very naive approach. Moreover, it borders on insanity, as it can lead to the most terrible scenario: the apocalypse in Japan, given its militaristic past,” Leonkov said.The country’s colonial past still haunts Japan, according to the military expert: during the Second World War, Japan sought to establish colonies in China and Korea.”The Japanese wanted to build a second new Japan in Manchuria, engaging in genocide of the local population,” Leonkov continued. “Koreans were also subjected to purges [by the Japanese]. The historical crimes of militaristic Japan still ‘live’ in the memory of the inhabitants of neighboring countries. Therefore, if Japan tries to show its strength again (or participate in American military scenarios), it runs a risk of losing all of its territory. This will happen in the event of retaliatory strikes by China and the DPRK, which Japan will not withstand, despite all the defensive weapons.”Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that it would respond to Japan if any threats are posed to the Far East, which includes the deployment of hypersonic missiles on the Japanese islands.AmericasEx-DoD Officer: US Hypersonic Race With Russia & China Won’t Save the Day, Peace Talks are a Must28 October 2022, 15:17 GMT
Hypersonic ProjectAccording to Leonkov, Tokyo is misleading its population about threats from Russia, China, and North Korea. The Japanese leadership probably believes that the militarization of the region will increase their survival odds, the military expert suggested, adding that weapons are not always the best solution to the problem.Meanwhile, the US hypersonic weapons are still under development. The Pentagon’s fiscal year 2023 budget request for hypersonic research is $4.7 billion – up from $3.8 billion in the FY2022 request. The Missile Defense Agency additionally requested $225.5 million for hypersonic defense. The Pentagon and Congress have recently shown a growing interest in boosting the development and near-term deployment of hypersonic systems. According to a recent US congressional report, “this is due, in part, to the advances in these technologies in Russia and China.”For its part, Japan has long been interested in hypersonic projects, too, but these programs were largely peaceful. In particular, the Japanese wanted to create an aircraft flying in the upper atmosphere at hypersonic speeds. However, today this project is morphing into a military one, according to Leonkov.
"The Japanese are now providing all of their research to the Pentagon and the United States," said the Russian military expert. "The Americans have pooled the resources of all NATO countries involved in the development of hypersonic technology. And Japan was engaged in the first place, since it has advanced the farthest in this sphere. It is being increasingly drawn into the NATO bloc. The current NATO strategy is aimed at ensuring that this military bloc is no longer European. It will become transnational, capable of [including] any country of the world. And Japan [may become] one of the first to join the NATO bloc."However, if Japan joins the transatlantic bloc, it will no longer be a neutral country, which would affect the balance of forces in the region, according to the military analyst.AsiaSouth Korea, US Stage Another Joint Air Drills to Improve Military Cohesion3 February, 12:40 GMT