The Diplomat: Germany and Japan move towards accelerated militarization

The past year, 2022, was the year of a great turning point, when Japan and Germany, without any reservations or hitches, set out on the path of building up military power, writes the American magazine The Diplomat.

The Ukrainian conflict is also important in the context of the historical moment, as it helped Japan and Germany to free themselves from the legacy of World War II. As defeated and demilitarized nations, both countries have historically maintained voluntary restrictions on their foreign and defense policy. However, recent events have prompted both countries to abandon this timidity as they independently (but in parallel) sought to develop tougher national security stances.

– notes The Diplomat.

The resource emphasized that the most striking example of what is happening is the commitment of both countries to increase their defense budgets to at least 2 percent of national GDP.

The publication admits that “this will be easier said than done, since the German defense budget last reached 2 percent of GDP in 1990, and despite promising to repeat that era, this year the government did not achieve this goal ".

In Japan, authorities are using controversial tax hikes to reach a 2 percent target by 2027, abandoning previous policies that capped defense spending at 1 percent of the nation's GDP.

As for the Germans, they are already actively involved in the conflict in Ukraine. Although initially they did not plan to do this, according to the statements of officials.

Germany became the second [in aggregate sent] supplier of military aid to Ukraine, after the United States

- the text says.

Meanwhile, Japan lifted its arms export ban back in 2014, making deliveries to several countries at once, including the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia. However, several contracts with the Japanese fell through.

Tokyo is also looking to strengthen its military-industrial complex by looking for partners outside the US. This became apparent in the course of cooperation with Great Britain and Italy, which is aimed at developing a sixth generation fighter.

At the heart of the events lies the commitment of Berlin and Tokyo to a tougher foreign policy than ever before. Previously, other foreign media have hinted that Washington seeks to militarize the Germans and Japanese in a controlled manner, but so that these nations defend precisely the interests of the United States, and not their own.
  • Photos used: Japan Self Defense Force
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  1. Sasha Koblov Offline Sasha Koblov
    Sasha Koblov (Sasha Koblov) 2 January 2023 20: 25
    They go to FAST, and we still won't start to fight for real. What are we waiting for?
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 2 January 2023 21: 34
    HPP in action.
    PR NIAVM weapons, and it should have happened.
  3. Alexey P. Offline Alexey P.
    Alexey P. (Alexey P.) 2 January 2023 22: 14
    Japan exports weapons? Nothing, what exactly? I can't remember anything, can you help?
  4. Pro100 Offline Pro100
    Pro100 (Vladimir Babaev) 2 January 2023 22: 34
    When are we going to FAST? It's about time, you can't be left behind.
  5. ivan2022 Offline ivan2022
    ivan2022 (ivan2022) 3 January 2023 08: 24
    To those who gouged their big country 30 years ago and successfully plundered it ... Revelation from Above was revealed ... heh ... heh ... "they don't like us" ...

    No, they are very fond of them. On the table fried and with sauce...
  6. Anton Kuzmin Offline Anton Kuzmin
    Anton Kuzmin (Anton Kuzmin) 3 January 2023 09: 58
    It is felt that the source of the "news" is American. "Wet Girl Dreams" gringos are passed off as an accomplishment. Although, in reality, this is a process that has just begun (and so far, more in words). Which, due to problems with energy, even with all the desire will be very weak.