Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the opposition Democratic Socialist Party have agreed that the country should improve its defence capability.
GV PAN Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki reviewing troops in Tokyo, Japan.
GV & SV Prime Minister speaking and troops listening. (3 SHOTS)
GV Troops marching past.
GV Helicopter flypast.
GV PAN Jets flypast. (2 SHOTS)
GV Tanks driving past. (2 SHOTS)
GV Missile carriers. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the opposition Democratic Socialist Party have agreed that the country should improve its defence capability. The Foreign Minister, Masayoshi Ito, said Japan would have to increase its military strength to compensate for the departure of American forces from the western Pacific to the Gulf and Indian Ocean areas.
SYNOPSIS: Some of the might of Japan's self-defence force was on display on Sunday (26 October) at Camp Ecchujima in Tokyo. The Japanese Prime Minister, Zenko Suzuki, who inspected troops on display and took the salute, said his government would steadily improve defence capabilities. But he said he would not turn Japan into a military power.
More than five thousand personnel took part in the parade as well as 65 aircraft including helicopters and jet fighters.
Tow recent government papers are designed to lead Japan to a militarily stronger place in the Western community. While the first paper deplores Japan's vulnerability to an enemy attack, the second emphasises the need for Japan to be prepared to meet sacrifices as a fully-fledged member of the West. Correspondents say anti-Soviet sentiment in Japan, brought on by the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, has helped to silence criticism of the military build-up.
In most countries in the area, Japan's plan for a five-year GBP 5000-million (ten thousand million US dollars) defence build-up is seen as a logical development of Japan's industrial strength and the increasingly overt world struggle between communist and non-communist nations. Japanese plans to increase its defence capability is getting a cautious welcome throughout South East Asia.