Japan – Soon To Become a Nuclear Superpower?
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.
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