Yamaguchi: Diplomacy equally important in avoiding conflict

December 15 , 2022

In a radio interview conducted on December 14, Komeito’s chief representative Natsuo Yamaguchi said that the security environment in which Japan finds itself today is far more perilous than it was ten, 20 years ago, which was why building up defensive capability was vital in protecting the lives of Japanese citizens. However, he said maintaining a capable deterrence does not assure that a conflict would not occur. The most effective tool in averting armed conflict, he concluded, was through diplomatic efforts c persistent dialogue.