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Japan begins to throw off its pacifist shackles

By Richard Lloyd Parry

12 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Japan plans to double its defence spending and acquire long-range cruise missiles to increase its security. But what impact will this have on the strategic balance in Asia, the Sunday Times asks.

When Lee Kuan Yew, the late Singaporean statesman, was asked what he thought about the wisdom of giving an expanded international role to the Japanese armed forces, he compared it to “giving a chocolate liqueur to an alcoholic”.

“Once the Japanese get off the wagon,” he said, “it will be hard to stop them.”

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