Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday that Russia's invasion of Ukraine threatens to shake the very foundations of international order and could lead to the world's greatest crisis since World War II.
Japan will not rule out any options to strengthen its defense capabilities, as the government aims to revise the National Security Strategy, a long-term guideline, by the end of the year, and two other key documents on its defense buildup, Kishida said at a graduation ceremony of the National Defense AcademyDefense Academy.
Japan is determined to support Ukraine, as its actions will determine the future state of the international community, as Russia's attacks on the eastern European country drag on, he said.
Russia's unilateral attack on Ukraine could cause China to attack Taiwan, which Beijing views as a renegade province awaiting reunification by force if necessary, according to diplomatic and defense experts.
A unilateral change of the status quo by force must never be allowed in the Indo-Pacific, especially in East Asia, the premier said at the ceremony in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo.
The security environment surrounding our country is becoming more serious, given increasingly bold attempts by China in recent years to unilaterally change the status quo in the East and South China Seas, as well as successive ballistic missile launches by North Korea, Kishida said.
He stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation between the Self-Defense ForcesDefense Forces and the Japan Coast Guard, as China asserts sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands, a group of uninhabited islets administrated by Japan in the East China Sea, which often sends ships nearby to project its power.
At Sunday's ceremony, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said that anyone can see that the area around Japan and the world are entering turbulent times. As part of COVID 19 measures, the ceremony was scaled down with diplomas only given to representatives at the venue.
The academy saw 479 students graduating this year, of which 64 were female.
A total of 72 students withdrew, an increase of 44 from last year.