In the press review of this Tuesday, September 22, we will discuss: Japan’s wish for the UN, the defense budget which should be revised upwards, and finally the possible visit of the Australian Prime Minister.
Japan and United Nations
Foreign Minister Toshimitu Motegi has indicated Japan’s desire to join the United Nations Security Council as a permanent member. Tokyo is also asking to reform this body in order to include more members so that it is more “Efficient and representative” of the current situation. The minister also assured that “Japan is fully prepared to assume its responsibilities as a permanent member of the Security Council and to contribute to ensuring world peace and stability”. So far, Japan has held only one of ten rotating posts, eleven times since joining the United Nations in 1956.
Defense on the rise
While Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has pledged to continue his predecessor’s policy of strengthening Japan’s defense capabilities, his budget is expected to be revised upwards for the 2021 fiscal year. 400 billion yen, a record. This is the seventh consecutive year that the Ministry of Defense has requested an increase in its budget. This increase should notably allow the creation of a unit specializing in electronic warfare.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison plans to visit Japan in November to meet Yoshihide Suga, his new Japanese counterpart. Due to the coronavirus epidemic, this meeting could be postponed until January 2021. The visit aims to promote strategic cooperation between the two countries in the face of China’s growing assertion in the Indo-Pacific region. The two had already spoken on the phone on Sunday, making Morrison the first head of government to speak to Suga since taking office.