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A nuclear armed Japan?

It is being floated at the moment, and the Japan Times reports:

"Ban Ki Moon, South Korea's foreign minister and the next U.N. secretary general, voiced concern Monday over discussions in Japan about the possibility of developing nuclear weapons in response to the recent nuclear test by North Korea".

Although nuclear proliferation per se is probably not an enormously good thing, I could only be less worried if it was our friends in the Antipodes or across the Atlantic who were intent on the same thing. Given Japan has the 'People's Republic' of China, the 'People's Republic' of Korea, and a somewhat erratic Russian Federation in its neighbourhood, I would not blame them for wanting a bit of a deterrent.
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Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 6:15 pm

Oh come off it , you really believe that Tojo hasnt got a few nukes tucked away?
This is just the Japanese way of letting us all know that they have.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 7:04 pm

For Japan to get nukes they'd have to re-write the constitution, and that is an almost impossible political process.

First, there needs to be two-thirds of both houses in favour of the change. Then, a majority of the public must back the change in a referendum.

Every Japanese schoolkid visits Hiroshima or Nagasaki where they are told that nuclear war is an evil that must not be repeated.

They'd take some convincing. Ask Junichiro Koizumi.  



Anonymous verity said... 7:12 pm

I don't want Japan to get a nuclear deterrent because of the sickening crimes they perpetrated against our and the Aussie armed forces in SE Asia. This tells me that once they are in a position of power, they know no limits.

I've been to Japan two or three times and liked them very much. But they cannot have power.  



Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 7:53 pm

Blammerbell
God bless you , governments and intelligence always obey the law dont they ?
What is Santa bringing you for Christmas?  



Anonymous Voyager said... 8:15 pm

The world's largest stocks of plutonium are held by Japan.

It would be logical for Kawasaki or Hitachi to be working on designs for rockets and payload for delivery to North Korea and China.

China intends for Japan to be a satellite and has used North Korea as a proxy to prise Japan out of US orbit since Japan is allied with Taiwan............after all the US spent the 1920s trying to break the 1902 Anglo-Japanese Naval Treaty.............

It is logical for Japan to be secretly developing the infrastructure and allying with India  



Anonymous Voyager said... 8:16 pm

BTW Verity, so the Japanese were war criminals that we know..........but the Chinese are no angels and I would not want to be in Australia if the Indonesians invaded.............nor would I want China controlling Taiwan and Japan.............  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 8:46 pm

... a copy of the revised Japanese constitution apparently, Peter.

I've lived in Japan and was close to people active both in the pro-government and anti-American factions.

Voyager is right. Japan has a huge amount of nuclear material and could build a weapon in months. But there's absolutely no way they have 'a few nukes tucked away'. Why should they? America almost certainly has a few stored in Okinawa anyway.

What's santa bringing you, first-class tickets to cloud cuckoo land?  



Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 8:51 pm

fuck off and get a real job you welsh twat !  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 9:03 pm

kochira koso!  



Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 9:05 pm

I own two japanese people, that is more than you can claim blamerballbag san (+:  



Blogger MJ Martin said... 2:01 am

Like you say, it's obvious why they want them. I don't think they'll go all the way and actually get them. Still, you never know.

Some seriously weird arguments in the case for going nuclear have already been floated (the LDP must want them bad!)...  



Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 9:00 am

I'd rather they had them than Osama  



Blogger Croydonian said... 9:59 am

PH - that was a tad to hostile to Blamerbell, and not exactly merited, was it?  



Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 10:37 am

rather depends what he said to me in japanese dont you think?  



Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 10:39 am

And I did call him blamerballbag "san"
the honourable blamerballbag (+:  



Anonymous verity said... 12:57 pm

Voyager - I don't care who were "no angels", there is absolutely no comparison with what the Japs did to our prisoners of war. Read your history.  



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