Japanese will 'watch Sony TV' if US Is attacked, says Donald Trump
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a dig at Japan for not making enough financial contribution to NATO despite the fact that it is fully dependent on US for its security.
Trump said that while United States is mandated to defend Japan in case it is attacked but Tokyo has no such obligation if the US is attacked and that the Japanese can "sit home and watch Sony television."
"You know we have a treaty with Japan, where if Japan is attacked, we have to use the full force and might of the United States," Trump said.
"If we're attacked, Japan doesn't have to do anything. They can sit home and watch Sony television, OK?"
The United States is giving protection to Japan since the end of World War II. The US has deployed around 47,000 troops on Japanese soil.
Trump has pointed out many times in the past that that NATO member states should begin making fare share of financial contribution to the military alliance.
Not only that, he asked Japan and Korea to start arming themselves to deter a threat from North Korea.
"It could be that Japan will have to defend itself against North Korea. You always have to be prepared to walk. I don't think we'll walk, I don't think it's going to be necessary. It could be, though," Trump reiterated on Friday.
Trump further added that it’s not only Japan which gets protection from the United States and that there are other nations like South Korea, Germany and Saudi Arabia in the same category.
"They don't pay anything near what it costs.They have to pay. Because this isn't 40 years ago. It's got to be a two-way street," Trump said.