Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to continue building up the country's defenses amid the deteriorating security environment.
Abe gave a speech on Sunday at a graduation ceremony of the National Defense Academy near Tokyo.
He said North Korea's nuclear and missile development is becoming serious. He also cited the rising number of foreign military planes approaching Japan's airspace.
He said Japan must confront the fact that the threat of terrorism is diversifying and spreading across the world.
He said nobody protects a country that has no backbone to defend itself.
Abe pledged to continue the nation's contribution to peacekeeping activities. He said the dispatch of Ground Self-Defense Force to South Sudan was highly valued by other countries.
Abe announced on March 10th that the main SDF mission will be pulled out of the African country.