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Japan should be able to have a military and control of Okinawa.

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Started: 11/24/2012 Category: Politics
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Since the end of WWII Japan has not had a military and has been occupied by the U.S. and much has changed. Japan is no longer a dangerous empire but a peaceful nation. Although former Axis countries, Germany and Italy, have been able to keep their right to a military, Japan has not. Japan instead has a weak "Self-Defense" force that has no real power. Okinawa military base is controlled by the Americans and costs the Japanese millions. To add to this there have been incidents of rape and general anarchy when it comes to the U.S. soldiers stationed in the Japan. The Japanese have had uproars when their people get continually harassed and molested and this must stop. It is becoming evident that the U.S. is not as strong economically and cannot protect Japan like it once has. The threat of military action from North Korea or the ever more aggressive China is real. China has up taken up territorial disputes with not only Japan but many other bordering nations like Taiwan. Japan harbors the most populated city in the world, Tokyo, and the safety of those people are at stake. You will see that if Japan were to re-militarize it would:

1. Increase U.S.-Japan relations
2. Alleviate U.S. Responsibilities
3. Allow Japan the rights they deserve as a nation
4. Make the area a safer to possible invaders
5. Help the ailing Japanese economy due to the ability to manufacture arms.
6. Make the U.S. more stable economically and militarily
7. Satisfy Japanese public

As you can see, there are many strong reasons that the Japanese should be able to once again have an army. Some would point out Imperial Japan and the actions taken by that empire to negate this topic. The fact of the matter is Japan is a peaceful democracy, not at all resembling what it once was. It is our moral obligation to the Japanese people to return the right to them. Things have changed, and with these new times so does our foreign policy. Please vote in favor of this topic.
-Edward Szczepanski


I accept the debate. This topic is urgent problem for the U.S. and Japan. As pro points out, the independent nation should have military forces of its own. However, unfortunately, Japanese government is not considering seriously in having military forces of its own. My opinion is that it is impossible for the country to have a military and control of Okinawa. There are number of reasons.
Firstly, Japan does not have a highly sophisticated technology to produce military weapons which are equivalent to those of the U.S. Japanese government has spent less money on military build-up since the end of World War Second.
As one example, the Military- Industrial complex supporting the U.S. military strength has not been established.
Therefore, it is impossible for Japan to surpass the military power of the newly emerging country like China.
When the country takes this situation into consideration, it is reasonable to depend on the U.S. military forces stationed in Japan, mainly in Okinawa.

Secondly, post-war Japanese Constitution rules that Japan strictly refrains from making war.
Therefore, the creation of the military forces is not accepted and admitted by the government.

Thirdly, there are few energetic and patriotic younger generation who are well prepared for joining in the military service to protect the country from being attacked by the neighboring countries like China and North Korea.
The two countries have a hatred feeling toward Japan.

Finally, the presence of U.S. military forces in Japan plays deterrent role toward the enemies.
In other words, it can threaten them from the diplomatic point of view.
Therefore, Japan needs U.S. military in Okinawa.

From above arguments I believe the day when Japan would have military forces of its own will not come forever.
It is reasonable for the country to seek for the military assistance from the U.S.
Debate Round No. 1


eddieszc forfeited this round.


I want to present a number of rebuttals for Pro`s arguments made in Round 1.

1. Increase U.S. -Japan relations
I believe that the remilitarization of Japan does not contribute to increasing U.S. - Japan relations. As you already know, the relationship between the two countries has been kept strong and friendly since the end of World War Second. Many Japanese people understand that this close relationship as indispensable for the country from the econmic, political and military point of view.

2. Alleviate U.S. Responsibilities
If Japan were to remilitarize, it would not alleviate U.S. responsibilities. Japan and the U.S. have had a joint military exercises so far. Japanese Government is not well prepared for being attacked by neighboring countries like China and North Korea. Therefore, Japan must ask for military help from the U.S.
The U.S. will play as the World Policeman to protect the rest of the world from terrorism, regional conflicts and the nuclear war.
The U.S. government is less aggressive in reducing the budget for defense.
Newly-elected U.S. president, Obama declared that ``We want to pass on a country that is safe and respected around the world, a nation that is defended by the strongest military on Earth and the best troops this world has ever known, but also a country that moved with confidence beyond this time of war to shape a peace that is built on the promise of freedom and dignity for every human being.``( Obama`s dream hits reality, by Kevin Rafferty. The Japan Times, November 29, 2012)

In round 3 I continue to prensenting rebuttals for Pro`s arguments.
Debate Round No. 2


eddieszc forfeited this round.


In this round I continue to presenting one rebuttal for Pro`s arguments.

Rebuttal: Make the area a safer to possible invaders.
If Japan were to re-militarize, I believe it would not make the area a safer place to possible invaders.
China and North Korea have nuclear weapons. Japan does not have a technology to produce nuclear weapons.
Japanese Constitution rules that the country refrains from not only producing but having them. Japanese people would not accept in holding them. Therefore, Japan must depend on the U.S. military to make the area safer to possible enemies.
When we think of invaders, Japan must take terrorists into consideration.
It is very difficult to predict when and where they invade into the country and in what way they attack people and the heart of big cities like Tokyo or Osaka. Japan is not well equipped for coping with terrorists attack.
However, the U.S. has excellent intelligence and information network around the world which contribute to preventing their attacks. According to Greg Miller, ``among the Pentagon`s top intelligence priorities are Islamist militant groups in Africa, weapons transfers by North Korea and Iran, and military modernization in China.``( Pentagon to expand spying network overseas, The Japan Times, December 3, 2012)
Since the Sep. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. has constructed unprecedented spy network overseas. ( Pentagon to expand spying network overseas)

From above arguments I firmly believe that re-militarization of Japan does not bring about any benefits for the country.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by eddieszc 5 years ago
Deathbeforedishonour you are the one that fails... In my topic I acknowledge that there is a Self-Defense force but it has almost no power and what they can do are severely limited. The JSDF does NOT mean Japan has a military. It is only through loose interpretation of the Japanese constitution have such a group. Furthermore, Japan cannot export weapons and there are far too many U.S. military personal in Japan. Please actually read through the topic at hand before you come to conclusions.
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