link to OhmyNews articleAmid growing security concerns among its people, especially after neighboring North Korea's nuclear test, Japan will almost certainly enact bills soon to upgrade the status of the Defense Agency to a ministry more than five decades after its inception.
To be sure, upgrading the Defense Agency may be more symbolic than substantive. Nonetheless, it is significant because the agency has so far been kept in a relatively low-profile position under the nation's postwar pacifist constitution.
Yesterday I saw on Cspan for a former director for Korean reunification (from the South).
He said Nkorea getting a nuke is the antagonism for alarm in Japan.
But the willing of NKorea to return to 6 party talks even after blowing up a nuke was a sign that the North is serious about negotiations. The North merely wants to guarantee against regime change by the US. I hope I summarized that decent.
But, the person said, Japan or Taiwan getting a nuke was not the way to go.
Getting rid of the North's nuke was.