Japan Welcomes NATO To The APAC And Plans To Build Bomb Shelters

Japanese parliament does not believe in the ability of the U.S. and its allies to defend the island in case of conflict with China or North Korea.

In early April, the Japanese Foreign Ministry published a report on the visit of Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi to Brussels, where he attended a meeting of foreign ministers of NATO and its partners, which includes Tokyo. In the document, the Japanese authorities welcome the expansion of NATO involvement in the Indo-Pacific region, as the United States and its allies refer to the Asia-Pacific region in their own way. Until last year, representatives of the Land of the Rising Sun were not invited to ministerial meetings and summits of the bloc.

According to Yoshimasa Hayashi, amid the most complex and harsh situation in the region in recent times (since the end of World War II), Japan has adopted a new security strategy that enshrines increased cooperation with NATO member states and partners of the organization. It is no secret that this cooperation is aimed primarily against China and North Korea, which Tokyo considers the main threats due to the increasing number of North Korean missile launches and rising tensions around Taiwan.

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Seiichiro Nishimoto, CEO of Shelter Co. in Osaka (Japan), poses wearing a gas mask at a model room for the company’s nuclear shelters

Although the Japanese parliament, which approved a new National Security Strategy announced in December 2022, apparently does not believe in the ability of the U.S. occupation troops still on Japanese territory and their NATO colleagues to protect the island from potential threats. That’s why, as Keiji Furuya, an MP from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, shared with the media, a special bill may be passed next fiscal year (which begins in the country on April 1) that sets a schedule for building, you would not believe, bomb shelters in Japan in case of armed conflict. The fact is that most Japanese homes do not have basements, and evacuation centers in case of seismic activity and other natural disasters are also in the open.

It is noteworthy that among the most likely causes of such an armed clash, Japanese parliamentarians see an increase in tensions with China and the DPRK, so carefully fueled by the actions of the United States and other NATO partners of Tokyo. The price for the political games will be paid by ordinary Japanese, who, without waiting for subsidies from the authorities, are hurriedly installing private bomb shelters in their homes. The demand for such structures in Japan has recently increased tenfold.

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