North Korea blasted an intermediate range ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday sparking the nation’s J-Alert warning system which told its citizens to be prepared for a possible attack.
Just days earlier, Kim Jong-un’s regime fired three projectiles into the Sea of Japan.
The rogue state’s recent provocation may spark the peace-seeking Japan to increase its military offensive, experts claimed on BBC’s Newsnight.
Former UK ambassador to Japan Sir David Warren said support has likely grown for the Japanese Prime Minister’s push for his nation’s forces to become “more military assertive”.
He said: “This may embolden hawks in Japan who like Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe want to see the Japan’s self-defence forces become more military assertive.”
Following Japan defeat Second World War in the nation came under the US’s command and a pacifist constitution was drafted.
The agreement prevented Japan from having an offensive military even after its independence in 1952.
In May this year Prime Minister Abe pledge to modify the constitution’s peace clause by 2020, but the Japanese leader has faced backlash.
Shuhoko Goto, a senior associate at the Wilson Centre Asia Program said: “There’s certainly a disconnect between what the Prime Minister of Japan wants and what the public wants.
“The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been pressing for changes in the constitution so that Japan can play offensive – especially in light of the new development in North Korea that will only strengthen.
“In terms of increasing its military spending even further and increasing its ability to operate overseas and strike down North Korea’s missiles going over head that is definitely something that will be entertained.”
She added: “That said there is a lot of public hostility even today about Japan increasing its military capabilities.
“It is the only country that has come under nuclear attack not just once but twice and Japan is perhaps unique in the world as its forces have not faced any casualties since World War 2… and a lot of Japanese would like to keep it [like that].”
Earlier this month Donald Trump savaged Japan, saying all the nation will do is “watch Sony TVs” if the US is attacked as he threatened to walk away from their treaty.
When asked if the US will come to Japan’s aid if the nation remains passive, Sir David responded: “I believe that it is.”
He added: “Prime Minister Abe has positioned Japan quite skilfully with…