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Thursday, June 19, 2003

Arms of Japan

What was unthinkable a few years ago has now become inevitable. Japan is rearming. The Koizumi government is steadily dismantling the pacifism that has marked Japaese policy since the end of World War II. As a result, the power structure of the world will be fundamentally altered.

After World War II, Japan renounced the use of force in international affairs. It effectively disarmed. It banned the development of nuclear weapons. Its small military force, the Self Defense Force, could not leave the country. In effect, Japan was willing to live under the protection of the US.

Japan is changing that policy of diasarmament now for five reasons:
1) fear of terrorism
2) fear of North Korea's intentions
3) fear of instability in Japan as the economy continues to decline
4) uneasiness over the US posture as the world's only superpower
5) desire to reassert Japan's role in the world community.

Japan's parliament is ready to pass a law allowing the SDF to go to Iraq in supprt of the US occupation. This is in line with the decision in 2002 to sent a pacification force to Indonesia.

The government wants to increase the size of its military force. It also plants to develop a missile program. And, most surprisingly, it is openly discussing adoption of a policy of pre-emptive military strikes.

Watch for Japan to develop nuclear weapons next!

Japan's new direction marks a momentous change for the world. Is it awelcome one?

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