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The Future Japanese Self-Defense Force and the Implications
The purpose of this research is to determine Japans strategic, political, and economic impacts if Japan has a conventional military force versus a Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF) within the Asia-Pacific region. Japan perceives the increasing security dilemma as a threat to Japans national security. Because Japan feels threatened by its neighbors and wants to increase its military, force to be more offensive rather than defensive to restore an Offense/Defense balance. Allowing the Japanese Self-Defense Force to possess an offensive capability goes against the constitution written in 1947. Therefore, the Constitution needs revision to allow Japan access to conduct offensive operations while defending itself. Japan needs the capability to assist other Asia-Pacific countries as well as their own for future HA/DR missions. The Constitution needs revised allowing Japan access to conduct offensive operations while defending themselves against any threat. After revising Japans Constitution allowing them to conduct offensive operations, the United States still needs a forward presence within the Asia-Pacific region. Japan provides the United States the best strategic location to remain our Military force within the Asia-Pacific region.
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