Following World War II, the two major militants–Germany and Japan–had Allied assistance in re-writing their respective Constitutions. Although they had been allowed to have a self-defense force, they were barred from maintaining any sort of Standing Army whatsoever.
Over the years since, the “Guns or Butter?” trade-off has worked well for both, as they have used their National Budgets and technical expertise to become two of the World’s industrial giants. But, 70 years have passed since the end of WWII.
Both Germany and Japan have developed considerable military technology and their respective self-defense forces are well-trained in executing both tactical and strategic operations. They just cannot venture far beyond their own immediate borders.
Early this past June, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe advanced the idea of Japan’s Military becoming a full partner in mutual-defense pacts with the U.S. and neighboring countries in the Pacific. So far, Germany hasn’t demonstrated any such intentions.
Some in the West, especially in the U.S. which has shouldered a good bit of the defensive responsibilities, might be wondering if the two industrial giants just prefer to follow their Constitutions and stay focused on building their economies, or are those Post-War Constitutions just an excuse to stay out of military action. Japan seems to have awakened to its need to form an actual Army and Navy due to China’s recent aggressiveness in the Pacific. German Chancellor Angela Merkel apparently hasn’t had any such motivation; however, perhaps with Russia’s recent aggression in Ukraine, that might change.
Nine members of NATO have signed-on with the U.S. to form an Alliance to fight Islamic Extremism in the Middle East. Germany has committed to send $90 Million worth of weapons to the Kurds in Iraq; but, it hasn’t offered any Air or Ground Troops–even in a support role. Japan, for its part, has been a No-Show. It should be remembered that there are reportedly several hundred Germans fighting with ISIS, any of whom can return home, using their German Passports. Apparently, there haven’t been any signs of Japanese Citizens traveling to fight in the Middle East, as yet.
NOTE: This Blog Post is not meant to insult or demean any of our readers, or their home countries. Rather, it is intended to convey a perception that perhaps its time that the reliance on a self-defense force only should be re-evaluated. You might also take these comments as a compliment, suggesting that both Germany and Japan are Trusted Allies.