Japan – Soon To Become a Nuclear Superpower?

By Garner Ted Armstrong

When the North Koreans belligerently announced they were reprocessing spent nuclear fuel rods and working on nuclear weapons, the tendency in Washington and the general feeling among the public was, “Oh, no, not another problem for us.”

Millions assume America is the world’s policeman. We act (to others, such as the French, Germans and Russians) as if we are a world empire; a world ruler. If a problem raises its ugly head (unless it is in a place like Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, or Djibouti) it is automatically “our” problem.

Now, millions assume North Korea is another one of “our” problems.

Debunking this fallacy, I have said before many audiences, “Not to worry –  Japan will be far more concerned about North Korean missiles and nuclear bombs than we are – this will be a Japanese problem, and may precipitate an arms race in East Asia.”

Few Americans know that Japan ranks third, behind the US and France, in the number of nuclear reactors producing electricity. Any layman should know that reprocessing depleted uranium rods can produce plutonium – the necessary ingredient for making a nuclear bomb. Therefore, should the balance of power in the Far East suddenly show Japan’s leaders that they cannot any further safely dwell under the US “nuclear umbrella,” it would be a mere formality to alter the Japanese post-war constitution, allowing the production of nuclear weapons.

This may precipitate an angry debate in the Japanese Diet (the parliament), and it may take some time, but the exigencies of geopolitical pressures could bring it into reality very soon.

For decades, I predicted there would come a time when both the German and Japanese post-war constitutions would either have to be reinterpreted, or re-written, to allow both nations to engage in military actions outside of their borders. While their contributions have been small, both have begun to do that.

Now, the egocentric, mad dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, may have ignited the spark that will grow into a conflagration in the Far East, with serious consequences for America and the world.

In the 1970’s I wrote an article entitled “Japan – Future Super Giant.” Even then, I foresaw the time when Japan would be required, in her own national interests, to put to sea a nuclear powered-nuclear armed navy. Today, sophisticated “Kongo” class Japanese destroyers, equipped with the latest US-made “Aegis” guided missile systems, ply the seas. They are in the process of developing a sophisticated main battle tank, and Mitsubishi has been manufacturing from the ground up their own F-17J “Strike Eagles” under “license” from the US. Japan is already a significant military power, and could quickly become a much more formidable one.

Japan is a “bicycle” economy. Having few natural resources of her own, she must depend upon the importation of most essential raw materials, manufacturing them into various commodities, and exporting them for sale. Long ago, Japan became the world’s leading shipbuilder, launching huge super tankers which are so large they cannot navigate the Suez Canal.

Since Japan must depend upon foreign sources for her very survival, she naturally seeks to insure a stable, continual flow of all raw materials. In an unstable world, this becomes more and more of a life and death concern. Looking at a comparison between Japan, the US, the UK, Germany and France in dependence on imports is revealing. For the US it is 56%. For Germany it is 97%, Italy 95%, and Japan? A staggering 100%!

Of those imports, oil from the Middle East oil fields represents 88% of Japan’s oil supplies.

A leading Japanese newspaper, the Mainichi Shimbun, editorialized on May 22 of last year: “Japan's dependence on foreign suppliers for almost all of its energy resources including uranium ore is unlikely to change in the near future.

“Japan's dependence on Middle Eastern oil has increased since the first oil crisis. If we are going to make an issue of energy security, then this growing dependence on the Middle East is a problem. For the immediate future, Japan needs to reduce its dependence on oil and to diversify its sources of oil. [Note: The only way this can be done is to increase its dependence on nuclear energy. Emphasis mine].

“Since the late 1990s, the big oil firms based in Europe and the U.S. have actively implemented programs to develop reusable energy sources, leaving Japanese oil corporations in the dust.

“Over the medium and long term, Japan must develop fuel cell technology [nuclear energy], solar energy, wind power, biomass, and other reusable energy sources. While the state will have to steer its energy policy in this direction, Japanese corporations will also have to adopt new strategies.”

Historians remember that the ABCD powers (American, British, Chinese and Dutch) clamped down an embargo against the Japanese resulting from their invasion of China. The Dutch controlled the oil and tin of the “Dutch East Indies” as Indonesia was then called. The British controlled the rubber of the Malay Peninsula, and the United States not only froze all Japanese assets in US banks, but stopped all shipments of scrap iron, upon which Japan heavily depended. In peacetime, Japan could survive for about 2 ½ years with her stockpiles of such materials. On a wartime footing, that was reduced to barely over one year.

From her point of view, Japan needed to neutralize the US fleet in order to give her time to gobble up the sources of tin, iron, oil and rubber. Her attack at Pearl Harbor, contrary to public hysteria at the time, was not a prelude to invasion of Hawaii or the US West Coast. It was to buy time, expand her empire, and hope to reach a negotiated settlement favorable to Japan.

Do not rule out a bizarre repetition of exactly such reasoning, but with a new twist. This time, it will not be the Indonesian Islands to which Japan looks, but the oil-rich lands of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf!

As a matter of fact, Bible prophecy foretells a violent reaction from the East once the Beast power, a coming European Superpower, occupies the Middle East, and seizes control of its oil. More on that prophecy later.

As surprising as it may sound, the time is coming when US/Japanese relations will once again turn sour. Not all Japanese are sanguine about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as many Americans assume. There are any number of right-wing extremist groups in Japan who actively urge a return to rule by the Emperor; many who believe Japan’s destiny is to rule Asia, if not the world.

Most Americans know nothing of the Japanese mind. In their own way, the Japanese are convinced they are superior to Koreans and Chinese – a kind of “super race” among Orientals. Has not their incredible rise to power following the devastation of World War II demonstrated their qualities of thrift, hard work, sacrifice, and the placing of national interests above personal ones?

It is instructive to understand who owns America’s debt.

Believe it nor not, foreigners control $1.2 trillion, or 40% of all our outstanding Treasury bonds and T-bills. This means, in layman’s terms, that you and I, and the average American citizen, including our children and grandchildren, each owe $4,910.00 to foreigners – many of them Japanese.

A family of four would then owe $19,600, of which 30% is owed Japan.

The Japanese export a dizzying array of commodities to the United States, including millions of automobiles, computers (with all their accessories), cell phones, cameras, film, VCR’s, video tapes, CD’s and CD players, radios, telephones, tires and rubber products, refrigerators, microwave ovens, fabrics and clothing, pencils and gloves, sports equipment – a vast number of products. It would be surprising if you do not have several Japanese-built items in your home. Millions of Americans drive Japanese automobiles, work on Japanese-built computers in Japanese-owned high-rise buildings in downtown Los Angeles; go to Japanese-owned hotels in Hawaii, and play golf on Japanese-owned golf courses with Japanese-built clubs, using Japanese golf balls.

As long ago as the 1950’s tourists in the Dakotas were amazed when they purchased little feathered wooden trinkets like tomahawks on American Indian reservations, only to find they had a label “Made in Japan.” Seems the Japanese could manufacture the trinkets and export them more cheaply than the Indian tribe could manage to produce them on their own reservation!

The Japanese pioneered the concept of building floating lumber mills, wherein a ship carrying a load of cargo containers came to Seattle, off-loaded Japanese goods, then took aboard a load of Douglas Fir from Oregon and Washington forests (where Japan had purchased long-term timber leases), processing every bit of them into salable commodities as they headed back to Japan. Even the sawdust and bark was used in synthetics, fiber-board, building materials, or as fuel. By the time the ship docked in Yokohama, the lumber was ready to be delivered to the job site.

The modular concept of shipbuilding is used by many countries, not only Japan. Modular ship production begins with hundreds of smaller subassemblies in which piping sections, ventilation ducting, and other shipboard hardware, as well as major machinery items, such as main propulsion equipment, generators, and electrical panels are installed. The pre-outfitted subassemblies are then joined with others to form assemblies which are welded together to form complete hull and superstructure modules. These giant ship modules, each weighing thousands of tons, are joined together on land to form the completed ship hull prior to launch. The result of this early outfitting and modular construction is a ship more than 70 percent complete at launch.

Long ago, the Japanese put to sea computerized super tankers, requiring a much smaller crew, with most shipboard functions, including the transfer of oil from hold to hold accomplished by computer, as well as the operation of watertight hatches, on and off-loading.

Now, as Japan looks at the threat from North Korea, the lower house of the Japanese diet has approved legislation which would give the Cabinet and its ministries (including defense) much more control over local governments, as well as strategically important public and private institutions in case of war! 

As it is worded, the legislation would create guidelines for troops to use privately-owned property (they could billet themselves wherever necessary; appropriate privately-owned transportation, etc.) and provide for punishments for those who flouted “national emergency laws.” In other words, the legislation anticipates a national emergency, and martial law!

One member of the Diet called the bill “epoch-making.”

The bill is not without its critics, who correctly charge that it is the “first step toward the country’s re-militarization,” and that it could lead to abuse of power and civil rights violations.

Japan sat up and took notice when, earlier this year, North Korea test fired short-range missiles. North Korea had, as long ago as 1988, previously test-fired its “Taepodong” ballistic missile OVER JAPAN out into the Pacific Ocean.

Now, the Japanese are pondering whether they have the right to launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea if  “an attack appears imminent.” Look at it from the American perspective. What if Saddam Hussein had demonstrated his ability to launch ICBM’s at the US? Even the most dedicated anti-war protestors may have shut their mouths if an Iraqi missile had overflown US territory! (Although, realizing that many anti-war demonstrators are also very much ANTI-AMERICAN, this may not be the case).

Soon, a significant NEW NUCLEAR ARMS RACE will begin in the far east – if it has not already!

It was simply inevitable, once man had learned to harness the energy of the atom, that more and more nations would develop this most ghastly of man’s destructive weapons. Now, smaller, hitherto insignificant nations such as Pakistan and Iran have nuclear programs. Pakistan has already tested its weapons in response to perceived threats from India.

How long before Japan becomes nuclear armed, with nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and a much larger military?

Never forget that Japan is much, much more dependent upon Middle Eastern oil than any other country. Can Japan, with its many nuclear reactors, afford to sit by if its very life’s blood is threatened? Of those Arab nations to the east of Israel who sit atop much of the world’s oil reserves, God says, “Son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites [Hashemite Arabs], and prophesy against them;

“And say unto the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou saidst, Aha, against my sanctuary, when it was profaned; and against the land of Israel, when it was desolate; and against the house of Judah, when they went into captivity;

“Behold, therefore I will deliver thee to the men of the east for a possession, and they shall set their palaces in thee, and make their dwellings in thee: they shall eat thy fruit, and they shall drink thy milk” (Ezekiel 25:2-4). In other words, appropriate their national resources.

When the Beast power invades Palestine, (ostensibly to protect Israel from extermination?) it “overflows” into Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and likely to the very borders of India. The prophecy says, “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him [a future Arab leader who may impose an oil embargo]: and the king of the north [the coming Beast power] shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.

“He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon [this may well include not only Turkey (who is Edom), but Iraq and Jordan].

“He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.

“But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans [Put] and the Ethiopians [Cush] shall be at his steps.

“But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many” (Daniel 11:40-44).

Will there evolve yet another future “axis” of nations – Europe cooperating with Japan against the US and Britain? Will the Beast, together with Japan, descend upon the Mideast to insure no interruption in energy supplies?

Armageddon features gigantic armies struggling IN MODERN DAY ISRAEL! Writing of the plagues to come AFTER the Tribulation; after God’s people Israel are in captivity, John said, “And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

“And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared [This is metaphor; modern armies are not impeded by rivers for very long].

“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon [Satan], and out of the mouth of the beast [the Military dictator of ten nations], and out of the mouth of the false prophet [who will “sit in the temple of God, claiming to be God”].

 “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world [this is describing A GIGANTIC WORLD WAR!], to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue “Armageddon” (Revelation 16:10-16).

“Armageddon” means “The hill (“Tell, or mound”) of Megiddo,” north of Jerusalem – a site of massive armed struggles of the past, and the site of the gargantuan battle described in Joel 3: “For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem [an expression meaning bring back FROM captivity for the second time. This has never happened in history].

“I will also gather all nations [this is WORLD WAR], and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

“And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink [slavery of the worst kind!].

“Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompense? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompense upon your own head [the Palestinians and Lebanon];

“Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:

“The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.

“Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompense upon your own head:

“And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken it.

“Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles [the nations]; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:

“Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

“Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.

“Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

“Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision [at Armageddon]: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

“The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining [See Matthew 24:29; Joel 2:31].

“The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

“So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more [This presupposes the second coming of Christ and the establishment of His kingdom on earth].

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.

“Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom [Turkey. Read Obadiah] shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.

“But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

“For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion” (Joel 3:1-21).

The prophecies show that the “men of the east” will be drawn into a gigantic conflict in the Middle East – in modern-day Israel! Just how each of these events will unfold is not completely clear. However, as we watch a bizarre repetition of events which took place before World War II; the gradual hardening of attitudes in Europe and Japan against the US and Britain; the US more and more hated in the world; Israel, the US and Britain hated by almost 2 billion Islamists, it is plain that the future is not rosy for our peoples!

As I have repeated Christ’s words so many thousands of times, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36).

I say again, WATCH!

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