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The Missile 4 April, 2009

Filed under: news,politics — johnraff @ 2:24 pm
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Of course North Korea is just over the water, and Japan has a lot of unfinished business there: the abductees issue drags on, and the DPKR still bring up WW2. Even so I’m getting a bit tired of hearing about this is-it-a-satellite-or-is-it-a-missile that’s been occupying the top news spot for the past week or so. “Don’t panic!”, “just carry on as normal” everyone shouts at us and today, when it looks as if the thing might well be launched, it comes up on NHK TV every five minutes or so. Just after 12:00 there was even a false alarm!

Of course it will just fly overhead (that’s the point when they decide if it’s a satellite or a missile), bits will fall into the sea, and nothing will drop on us, but just in case it does the Self Defence Force have got their new Star Wars toys out ready to shoot it down. That whole thing was a ripoff for the American arms industry to sell billions of dollars worth of equipment to their “allies” anyway, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Americans had been stirring things up between Japan and North Korea to improve their sales prospects…

It will probably all be over today anyway. Heads down.


War in Space? 21 May, 2008

Filed under: politics — johnraff @ 2:34 pm
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Today I saw on TV that the Japanese upper house had just ratified a bill allowing the military use of space.

BBC AP New Scientist Japan Times

I don’t like this at all. The last thing the world needs now is a new arms race. Of course there are reasons – everyone’s afraid of China these days, and they didn’t help by that trial shooting down of a satellite the other month. Then North Korea fired that missile over Japan a couple of years ago.

Since Reagan first dreamed it up, I’ve always thought the whole Star Wars thing was a scam to make (more) money for the evil Military-Industrial Complex. Fear of China and North Korea is the tool the Americans use to keep their Japanese “allies” under control. Just when prime minister Koizumi seemed to be about to improve relations with the DPRK in 2002, the US dug up all that nuclear stuff… Likewise they must be pleased that South Korea’s “sunshine policy” toward the north has been dropped by the new president. An undemocratic, authoritarian and possibly paranoid China certainly gives much to worry about, but the current US administration’s confrontational attitude only makes things worse. (Of course the same can be said about the face it presents to Arabs and Muslims worldwide, but I’ll leave my anti-Bush tirade for another day.)

I’m disgusted with the Japanese Democratic Party too. As the main opposition they have a duty to keep the government LDP in line, and prepare themselves as a potental replacement. With prime minister Fukuda’s popularity down around 18% this is now a real possibility, but apart from quibbling about petrol tax, they haven’t been using their control of the upper house very constructively, and supporting the government over Star Wars confirms their image as a #2 LDP… 😦

Maybe they are all really worried about aliens.


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