Japan has an "innate right" to defend itself, a special advisor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told CNBC on Monday, following steps taken last week to move the country away from its pacifist constitution.
Last week, Abe's 14-member advisory panel issued a report urging the government to revamp Japan's security policy by removing the long-standing ban on collective self-defense known as Article 9 of the constitution, which would mean Japan help its allies abroad. Abe vocalized his support for the reform.
However, critics are concerned about Abe's nationalistic agenda and that the reforms would raise the possibility of Japan waging war.
"In this world no one nation – even the mightiest the U.S. – can defend itself alone, so you have to team up with other like-minded peers in order to defend yourself," Tomohiko Taniguchi, special advisor to Abe, told CNBC Asia's "Squawk Box".
"What's being discussed is something that every nation in the world has an innate right. For historical reasons it's been only Japan that's banned the Japanese armed forces from getting involved in collective actions," he added.
The developments provoked a strong reaction from hedge fund manager Jim Chanos last week who told the Wall Street Journal that Abe was "the most dangerous figure in Asia." Chanos said that Abe's ultranationalist views would lead him to destabilize the area from a political and military view.