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Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on Adoption of the “National Security Strategy (NSS)”

December 17, 2013

1. Today, the “National Security Strategy (NSS)” was adopted by a Cabinet Decision and at the National Security Council (NSC), and the new “National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG)” and “Mid-term Defense Program” were also adopted based on the NSS.

2. The NSS sets out Japan’s fundamental policies pertaining to national security, centering on diplomatic policy and defense policy. This is the first NSS ever adopted by the Government of Japan. The NSS presents the content of the policy of “Proactive Contribution to Peace” based on the principle of international cooperation, and it also aims to secure a better understanding from the people of Japan and the international community of Japan’s security policies.

3. The NSS sets the fundamental principle of national security which is to achieve the security of Japan as well as peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, and to contribute even more proactively in securing peace, stability and prosperity of the international community as a “Proactive Contributor to Peace” based on the principle of international cooperation. Japan will practice such principle in close cooperation with the United States and other nations concerned, while continuing to adhere to the course it has taken to date as a peace loving nation, and as a major player in the international community.

4. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will steadily take the strategic approach presented in the NSS in order to achieve the security of Japan and contribute even more proactively to the peace and stability of the region and the international community. The Ministry ardently hopes for the understanding and cooperation of the people of Japan.

(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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