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April 22, 2009

The dragon. A mythological creature? No. It exists -- inside us.

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Former Japanese Finance Minister, Shoichi Nakagawa is still on someone's payroll. The government needed someone reliable to float the mother of all balloons; a nuclear armed Japan.

Let us be gracious and assume the Japanese would take a couple days to piece together and deploy their arsenal. They have been sufficiently courteous to pretend they do not have one.

In a speech in Obihiro, Hokkaido, in reference to North Korea's rocket launch earlier this month that many believe was a ballistic missile test, the hawkish lawmaker said: "It is common sense worldwide that in pure military terms, nuclear counters nuclear. ... North Korea has taken a step toward a system whereby it can shoot without prior notice," he said. "We have to discuss countermeasures."

The Japanese are making a simple calculation: How reliable is President Bambi in the face of, for example, the real world? We have our answer.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 22, 2009 09:28 AM

Comments

I read years ago it would take the Japanese two years, two weeks and two days to put a bomb together (to cover debate, machine prep, and assembly; respectively) and like everything else they copy, it will be smaller and cuter than ours.

The only frisson I get from this is that unlike the Germans, the Japanese have never owned up to themselves or the world what they did between 1931 and 1945. Still, live free or die.

And how do you say "Osirak" in Korean...?

Posted by: Clayton Barnett [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 22, 2009 09:47 AM

At this point, I will take any civilization over the barbarians. If the Federation speaks Japanese or Mandarin or Hindi, so be it.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 22, 2009 09:51 AM

I share Mr. Barnett's concerns about Japan coming to grips with its wartime role as aggressor and oppressor.

But if it's a choice between slightly rehabilitated Japan and the joy of kimchi-flavoured International Socialism, I'll go with Japan.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 22, 2009 12:02 PM

I'm not sure a nuclear armed gerontocracy like Japan is necessarily a good idea either...

There are many different levels of civilizational collapse.

Posted by: dpatten [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 22, 2009 01:09 PM

"A nuclear armed gerontocracy..." shuffleboard with nukes; I like that image!

Certainly we all know our Steynian Demographics for the long term, but my grandkids wont have a long term unless someone stands against the Darkness now. Barring them suddenly chosing each other over color TV and manga, it is likely Japan will be an empty lot in a hundred or so years, but I don't think they want that last 100 to be with a NK boot in their face.

I call for a GoaF Poll: Will Japan's nuclear weapons be kawaii or moe?

Posted by: Clayton Barnett [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 22, 2009 01:33 PM

Their minds will all be downloaded into immortal superhot japanese robot lady bodies in 100 years, so no worries about Japan being an empty lot.

You heard it here first.

Posted by: Occam's Carbuncle [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 22, 2009 02:45 PM

There is a science fiction appeal to the idea of near future Japan, secure in its robot protected borders and quietly putting a smaller strain on the environment.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 22, 2009 05:36 PM