Japanese foreign minister promises stronger military to help US
ABOARD USS LINCOLN (Reuters) – Japan’s foreign minister vowed his country would bolster its military to help the United States maintain regional security during a visit to a U.S. aircraft carrier patrolling the waters on Saturday Asians.
“Today I got to experience the frontline of national security firsthand,” Yoshimasa Hayashi told reporters in the hangar deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln sailing in waters south of Tokyo. Japan will “dramatically strengthen” its defense capabilities and work closely with the United States, he added.
Hayashi spoke as Japan feared that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which it sees as an affront to international diplomatic norms, would encourage neighboring China to use its military forces to seize control of the country. Taiwan and threaten neighboring Japanese islands.
Japan has also expressed concern over the deepening security ties between Beijing and Moscow, which have included joint exercises in the waters surrounding Japan.
China has said its intentions in Asia are peaceful.
Hayashi flew to the carrier from Tokyo with US Ambassador Rahm Emanuel, who warned that the invasion of Ukraine, which Russia describes as a ‘special operation’, posed security risks in regions well beyond Europe, including the Indo-Pacific.
The two observed the aircraft carrier’s flight operations from the deck of the Lincoln, which had just left the Sea of Japan near the Korean Peninsula where it had conducted naval exercises with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force after the last missile launch by North Korea.