Japan to proactively engage in UN operations

Japan to proactively engage in UN operations
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan will proactively engage in UN peacekeeping operations, according to a draft of national security strategy guidelines that also indicates the government will review the so-called three principles on arms exports.

The draft was presented at an advisory panel meeting Monday held at the Prime Minister's Office with the attendance of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The attendees agreed the government and ruling parties will discuss the draft, and seek Cabinet approval for it to coincide with the review of the National Defence Program Guidelines in December.

The draft of what would be the nation's first comprehensive strategy on national security upholds a basic principle of "proactive pacifism," which Abe regards as of central importance.

According to the outline of the draft, Japan "will even more proactively participate in ensuring peace, stability and prosperity in the world from the standpoint of proactive pacifism based on the principle of international cooperation." It sets preventing the emergence of direct threats as a goal of national security policy, by beefing up the Japan-US alliance and other steps. In particular, it vows Japan "will enhance efforts to ensure its territorial integrity" and "more actively participate in peacekeeping operations and other activities."

The three principles on arms exports that ban exports of weapons and related technologies to countries involved in international conflicts will be reviewed, according to the draft, so defence technologies can be shared with other countries. The principles were created in 1967.

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