Adoption of the new “National Security Strategy (NSS)”
(Statement by Foreign Minister HAYASHI Yoshimasa)
December 16, 2022
- Today, a new "National Security Strategy (NSS)” was formed by the National Security Council (NSC) and approved by the Cabinet. The “National Defense Strategy (NDS)” and the "Defense Buildup Program" were also adopted based on the new NSS.
- While the international community is facing changes defining an era, the very foundation of the international order is being shaken and the world stands at a historic crossroads. As Japan is finding itself in the midst of the most severe and complex security environment since the end of WWII, maintaining and developing a free and open international order based on the rule of law are becoming as important as it has ever been.
- Against this backdrop, the new NSS sets forth diplomatic capabilities as the first pillar of the main elements of comprehensive national power for Japan's national security. Building on its long record of diplomatic undertakings and economic activities to promote peace, stability, and prosperity worldwide, Japan will carry out vigorous diplomacy to prevent crises and proactively create a peaceful and stable international environment, guided by significantly enhanced diplomatic implementation architecture. It is Japan’s belief that the reinforced comprehensive defense architecture, as outlined in the NSS, is of great significance in advancing its diplomacy.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will strive to improve the security environment surrounding Japan by steadily executing the strategic approaches such as strengthening the Japan-U.S. Alliance, coordinating with like-minded countries and others including further promoting efforts in pursuit of realizing a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific," and engaging in diplomacy with neighboring countries and regions.