Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso said in a speech in Tokyo today (5) that if China invades Taiwan, Japan should regard this as a “state of existential crisis” and exercise the right to collective self-defense in accordance with the security-related laws and regulations, stressing that “Japan and the United States must work together to defend Taiwan. “The company’s main business is to provide a wide range of products and services.
The media reported that Aso was invited to speak at a political fundraiser for an elected LDP congressman in Okinawa today, and he mentioned the script of “something happening in Taiwan”, such as the Chinese army taking advantage of the demonstrations and disturbances in Taipei, and sending troops to Taiwan on the grounds of “China’s internal affairs”. He also stressed that “Okinawa will be next,” so this issue must be seriously considered and Japan’s defense forces must be really prepared.
Aso pointed out that the definition of “existential crisis state”, is to have a close relationship with Japan, other countries are attacked by force, and thus “threaten the survival of the Japanese state, apparently from the fundamental subversion of the lives and rights of the people of the dangerous state”. He also said that if a major problem occurs in Taiwan, it is not surprising that it would be considered an “existential crisis situation” involving Japan, in which case Japan and the United States would have to work together to defend Taiwan.
Aso also said that there is no guarantee that the same thing will not happen in Taiwan as in Hong Kong, expressing his sense of crisis.