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'Pacifist' Japan Launches "No Guts But All The War Spending Glory" Military Plan

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We warned last week of the rising nationalism and concerns about Abe's intentions and this evening the escalating tensions in the East China Sea are clear once again. In an effort to "normalize" an officially 'pacifist' policy, a hawkish Abe announced that Japan has tonight increased its military budget notably to buy drones, amphibious vehicles, submarines, and vertical take-off aircraft to boost defenses around the remote Senkaku islands. It seems the farce is getting more surreal as Japan also considers obtaining the means to counter ballistic missiles the point of launch. Why go to war and risk it all by printing and deficit spending your country into oblivion for a 'purpose' when you can do it without spilling a drop of blood?


Via AFP,

Japan said Tuesday it intends to boost military spending by five percent over the next five years, with a hardware splurge intended to beef up defence of far-flung territories amid a corrosive row with China.


The cabinet of hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed 24.7 trillion yen ($240 billion) would be spent between 2014 and 2019, including on drones, submarines, fighter jets and amphibious vehicles, in a strategic shift towards the south and west.


The shopping list is part of efforts by Abe to normalise the military in Japan, which has been officially pacifist since defeat in World War II. Its well-equipped and highly professional services are limited to a narrowly defined self-defensive role.




New defence guidelines approved by the cabinet on Tuesday said Tokyo will introduce a "dynamic joint defence force," intended to help air, land and sea forces work together more effectively in the face of danger.


"China ... is taking dangerous action that can draw unexpected contingencies," said the guidelines.

Via Bloomberg,



The government will also consider obtaining the means to counter ballistic missiles at the point of launch, according to new security plans which set a total five-year budget of 24.67 trillion yen ($239 billion), up about 1 trillion yen on the previous five-year plan.


Japan will set up a marines-style force to deal with any island incursions, equipping it with 17 tiltrotor aircraft and 52 amphibious vehicles, as well as three surveillance drones, according to documents given to reporters in advance.

Of course, the populism garnered by such a move is worrisome as these two powers engage in a bigger and bigger pissing match; but it seems, as we warned here, that no matter the cost, there may be war. Bear in mind this move comes on top of passing the Secrecy bill last week.

The right to know has now been officially superseded by the right of the government to make sure you don’t know what they don’t want you to know. It might all seems like a bad joke, except for the Orwellian nature of the bill and a key Cabinet member expressing his admiration for the Nazis, "just as Germany needed a strong man like Hitler to revive defeated Germany, Japan needs people like Abe to dynamically induce change."

We are sure the world (and the BoJ) will be more than happy to fund this latest Keynesian black hole.


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Mon, 12/16/2013 - 23:38 | 4252864 kliguy38
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They know that bus is comin' and they know they're gonna get kicked under it

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 23:38 | 4252877 dryam
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Odd, gonna spend a lot of money when they have no money.  Seems like I've seen that somewhere else before, but can't put my finger on it.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 23:51 | 4252913 SafelyGraze
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they would never engage china militarily

that would be suicide

there is no way they would do that

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 00:04 | 4252936 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Abe the Krapikaze has come down with another bout of Diaoyurrhea.

Xi Jinping will need to administer the Maopectate.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 00:38 | 4252995 SMG
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Just anothe data point which confirms the coming USA vs Russia/China WWIII.  God help us all.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 02:14 | 4253138 Carpenter1
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Here's me beliving that Japan hasn't been keeping its military up to date and ready for a war with China.




Don't believe the smokescreen, no way in Hades Japan would leave itself undefended with China just across the pond.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 03:51 | 4253268 Boris Alatovkrap
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Japan is become soft cushy nation of detach youth and blank stare senior. More concern is latest mobile electronic and robotic sex toy. Japan long ago is forget Walter Demming.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 04:14 | 4253288 AldousHuxley
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Japan knows Chinese have been sharpening their claws for pay back.



Tue, 12/17/2013 - 07:31 | 4253412 negative rates
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Are these guys rich or what?  If you like your pollution, you can keep your pollution.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 08:49 | 4253506 SWRichmond
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the coming war will be unlike any other.  Only a fool would ignore the concepts of 4GW and 5GW which have been so much discussed elsewhere.  Total war has been redefined to include Tech, hacking, drones, insurgencies, and of course Financial war and propaganda.  It will be unlike anything you have ever seen or read about; it will be a first for the world.

In a modern total World War soldiers on the battlefield with rifles are nearly irrelevant.  they will be lost in their millions but it will be due to hacked weapons and abandonment, lack of supply et cetera.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 12:12 | 4254102 viahj
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according to your defiinition (which i agree with) we are already balls deep in global war, we just haven't started the mass casualty portion yet.

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 19:00 | 4258975 SWRichmond
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How about that...

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 10:44 | 4253847 caShOnlY
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Japan long ago is forget Walter Demming.

sadly most Americans never even heard of Walter Demming or his partner Joseph Juran.  GM made sure of that!! 

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 05:31 | 4253328 rp1
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WWIII might just be some kind of financial markets war where populations are given vast incentives to blow up their own economy with debt.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 00:34 | 4252992 sky wing 2010
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Japan is always suicidal. Don't forget Harakiri and
Kamikaze during WWII. Somehow they seem to enjoy it...

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 00:40 | 4253004 TheLoveArtist
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All the great Japanese warriors from the samurai to the guys in WW2 killed themselves and removed themselves from the gene pool.  What is left of the Japanese soldier today is a far cry from what once was.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 01:40 | 4253097 IREN Colorado
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If I were China I would not bet that they can beat the Japanese Defense Forces. They are very well respected by the militaries they have been training with over the last 70 years. The ANZACs, the US, Canada. Pound for Pound they are quite capable of whipping the Chi-Coms in a conventional regional conflict all by themselves. This all has shades of the Russo-Japan war of 1904. 

The S.Koreans and the Taiwanese have been visiting regularly with the Japanese on the topic of what to do if Obama decides to cut them loose (which he would certainly do). Even the Aussies are quite sympatico with helping their little asian compadres if it comes down to that.

What is most important is, China is aware of these factors and will not start a fight with any of these "Skoshi-Tigers".




Tue, 12/17/2013 - 02:46 | 4253185 ronaldawg
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I have lived in Japan on a jap airbase.  They are good eople.  I want to know where are the going to buy this new equipment?  From the USA?  Then bring it bitchez.


However 237 billion in five years is chicken feed.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 03:58 | 4253269 Boris Alatovkrap
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Japan F15(J) is build by Mitsubishi, Huey is build by Fuji Heavy Industry. Both is license design from USA, no need is to purchase USA hardware.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 03:30 | 4253245 patb
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China won't start a fight over the Senkakus but they may over Taiwan.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 03:56 | 4253272 Boris Alatovkrap
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China is not sacrificing of rigorous commerce for foolish war. Wait for crash of Yuan and dissent of citizenry and THEN is create nationalism charge and start fight. Creature Comfort, not Religion, is opiate of masses.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 02:48 | 4253194 Things that go bump
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That doesn't mean they did it before they bred. 

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 08:09 | 4253456 Big Johnson
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Agreed. Was just recently working for a Japanese company.... Kinda hard to understand that they were actually kicking our asses in WWII... Your gene theory explains it.

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:25 | 4276821 Abrick
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Creative Destruction. They just have more Cohoes than some ex CEO of GE.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 00:48 | 4253010 KennyW
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Tue, 12/17/2013 - 00:47 | 4253013 KennyW
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Tue, 12/17/2013 - 09:51 | 4253651 falak pema
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As long as USA is top dog with huge MIC overkill, these surrogate wars cannot occur without USA fueling the fire or dousing it.

So any war today is seen through the US lens in terms of their interests and by definition is a PROXY war.

So nobody in  his right mind, either japan or China, will sabre rattle in earnest.

All this is jockeying for psychological internal politics reasons or to position for regional oil plays in S China Sea...

Its not Chess its Go! Its oriental strategy movement; but everybody has one eye on US command centres...

The China/US/Japan standoff long term is more complex. It depends how the economic rapport evolves in coming years. CHina rising ...

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:09 | 4254498 moneybots
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"they would never engage china militarily

that would be suicide

there is no way they would do that"


Cycles always complete themselves.



Tue, 12/17/2013 - 01:27 | 4253085 matrix2012
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The Japanese are arming their teeths to conquer China and the rest of Asia.... again.


Mon, 12/16/2013 - 23:36 | 4252865 reader2010
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Letting yellow man kill yellow man has been the white man's dream since the long gone days of the United Provinces. 

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 00:12 | 4252953 Van Halen
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I thought it was 'bombing the brown man'. I mean, that's all I ever heard when Bush/Cheney were in office. Then those two white racists Obama/Biden took over and started droning the hell out of every brown man they could find -

hey, wait!

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 09:36 | 4253612 unrulian
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It's Bush's fault

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 23:36 | 4252866 Grande Tetons
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Japan threatening China is akin to Tucker Carlson calling Mike Tyson the N word to his face. 

Japan must have some bully in their corner if they think they stand a chance. 

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 07:46 | 4253426 BandGap
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I'm not picking sides but Japan has one of the best trained navy and air forces in the world. They are tech geeks and practice, practice, practice. They would eventually be overwhelmed, but they are not a dog without a bite.

There are plenty of countries that want a piece of China. Not sure they wouldn't jump in if Japan ad their attention.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 10:13 | 4253741 noless
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It reminds me of south Korean starcraft tournaments, just think about transferring that kind of control dexterity to drones/other military hardware..

As i remember they measure their keystrokes in milliseconds.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 08:42 | 4253504 drdolittle
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Japan must THINK they have a bullyin their corner.

Had a vietnamese baby sitter a few years ago. Noone in that region trusts China. 80mil Viet, 130 mil Japan, 130 mil S Kor, starts to add up to some real numbers. I smell a war a comin'. Plus, all those little countries have previously handed the dragon it's ass. Should be exciting to watch from across the pacific.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 23:55 | 4252915 Luckhasit
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"Why go to war and risk it all by printing and deficit spending your country into oblivion for a 'purpose' when you can do it without spilling a drop of blood?"

Because war is the only way to secure resources. And let's face it, those islands are all Japan has right now.  They are gonna fight for that, tooth and nail.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 02:16 | 4253147 lakecity55
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Abe-san, we mus have Senkaku. Godzira can take Fukoshima reactols and safery dump there!

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 04:43 | 4253276 Boris Alatovkrap
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Obama is tell Prime Minister Abe (through translator):

"Yu raiku yu senkaku, yu aru kippu yu senkaku."

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 04:45 | 4253298 Boris Alatovkrap
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Secret communiqué from China President to Obama:

"Wai yu flung dung?"

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 09:04 | 4253531 kralizec
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Obama to Jarrett: "What the fuck I care, woman?  You deal with this shit!  I got a tee time, bitch!"

Reggie to Jarrett: (wink)

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 12:41 | 4254228 Boris Alatovkrap
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Who is Reggie!? Is Reggie code name for crack dealer? Is crack dealer sneak through Secret Service or is Secret Service pick up crack cocaine for chief executive from adjacent corner?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 23:55 | 4252922 OC Money Man
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China Moon Landing Seen As Nuclear Threat

China’s December 15th soft-landing of an unmanned spacecraft on the moon was celebrated by the Xinhua news agency as, “The dream for lunar exploration once again lights up the China Dream”.  China’s neighbors saw the action as a nightmare demonstration of China’s ability to launch a Multiple Reentry Vehicle ballistic missile, whose payload can deploy multiple nuclear warheads aimed to hit a group of targets.   With the United States becoming a less reliable guarantor of peace in the region, China’s provocative military moves are creating a muscular arms race in Asia.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace published a major report last May arguing China would be a “coercive power” in enforcement of its way with Japan, but emphasized that economic interdependence with the United States and the rest of Asia would prevent a major Cold-War style confrontation with China in the region.  Carnegie claimed that despite hawkish rhetoric from Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s economic troubles and political paralysis would prevent it from countering China’s increasing military capabilities.  Carnegie obviously failed to consider Japan’s last two decades of increasing militarization.  When it comes to intimidation, Japan and an increasing number of Asian nations will aggressively confront China. 

As I reported on December 3rd in “Energy Drives Asian Military Confrontation”, China and other Asian export economies are at risk of losing tens of millions of manufacturing jobs due to America’s huge advantage in energy cost from fracking more than offsetting Asia’s traditional labor cost advantage.  China announced last month that they would begin enforcing an expanded off-shore Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) as sovereign territory that would capture the disputed oil rich Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea and overlap Japan’s, South Korea, Taiwan’s, Philippines and Vietnam’s current ADIZs.   Since November 29th, the Japanese have sent daily flights of F-15s, E-767s and P-3s to challenge the provocatively challenge the People’s Liberation Army Air Force Su-30 and J-11 warplanes in a high tech game of chicken. 

Japan is a country with almost a complete lack of natural resources and must have secure regional sea-lanes to feed its export industry.  Japan imports for 82% percent of its energy supply.  Japan depends on the Middle East and Southeast Asia for more than 90% of its oil and natural gas imports, leaving it vulnerable to both regions’ political instability. Japan’s dependency on imports also extends to raw materials, such as copper and zinc.

The two nations have historically been bitter rivals and China's rise as a great power was bound to ignite military competition with Japan.  Imperial China forced Japan to pay tribute for a thousand years beginning in the 5th century.  But as part of Japan’s rise in the 19th Century, they invaded the Korean Peninsula several times and committed gruesome atrocities during their World War II invasion of China.  The Japanese Constitution forbids maintaining a military except for self-defense purposes. But the Abe Administration is seeking to amend the constitution to allow offensive operations and military planners in Tokyo have been ignoring the prohibitive language for decades.  The "active pacifism" proclaimed by the ruling Liberal Democrats party amounts to a global declaration of full military normalization.  

Japan already has approximately four times as many major warships as the British Navy and more tanks than Germany.  Despite being an island nation that emphasizes sea and air power, Japan has trained special-forces, a fleet of sophisticated diesel-electric submarines and is working with the U.S. Marines on amphibious capabilities.

To supposedly counter North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs, Tokyo deployed a $12 billion missile defense system that includes land-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors and SM-3 equipped-Aegis destroyers on mainland Japan, Okinawa and island bases in the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea.  But Japan’s military focus is being capable of effectively confronting China over the sovereignty of the Senkaku Islands (called Diaoyu in China) and its huge off-shore oil reserves. 

The United States provided the stabilizing force in Asia for sixty years, but nations in the region are acutely aware that American military power may not be as reliable a force in the future.  Recognizing that China’s rapid development of ballistic missiles, warships, submarines and advanced fighter jets concentrated along its Pacific coastline is intended to overwhelm America’s regional naval dominance, the U.S. agreed to a $4.7 billion contract to sell Tokyo its Lockheed-Martin's F-35 Lightning II next-generation jet fighter.  The Japanese firms will participate in building the jets and gain access to some of America’s top secret stealth technologies.  The goal is to strengthen the Japanese air force as a buffer against China’s territorial expansion.

Most nations in Asia have opposed a renewal of Japanese nationalism and a military build-up as an existential threat.  But the moon landing and threats to free passage through international waters are being seen as intentional demonstrations of “coercive power” by China.  South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam are rapidly militarizing to defend their economic interests and considering aligning with the Japanese to form a united regional force to confront China’s ambitions.       



Tue, 12/17/2013 - 00:19 | 4252965 Anusocracy
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Needs some fixing, here's a start:

The United States provided the coercive force in Asia for sixty years.

Ingroup-outgroup bias. Good if the ingroup does it, bad if the outgroup does it.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 02:15 | 4253141 lakecity55
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Awright, you Celestials, chill out or we will release the Rising Sun!

Manchuko, anyone?

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 00:09 | 4252948 Van Halen
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Is it just me or is anyone else here absolutely perplexed that the Japanese leadership look at the same Japanese citizens we're seeing - the gentle, quiet, Hello-Kitty, tech-obsessed, hard working, stay out of our business population - and say to themselves, "Yeah, these guys will be all for total war with China." ?

These are not your grandfather's Japanese.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 03:01 | 4253209 IREN Colorado
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Your view of these people is based upon less than a generation of observation. They think of themselves in terms of millenia. They are happy warriors; at school, at work, at play, and especially at war. Even their cartoon characters shoot raygun blasts from their eyes and other bodyparts.

It would be preferable to keep them occupied with making whale based snacks, cars, motorcycles, and computers & stuff. You don't want them on the Asian Continent kicking the ever loving crap out of Russia, China, North Korea.... 

They may not be able to shut if off again short of a mushroom cloud. Which would of course complete the circle. 



Tue, 12/17/2013 - 09:32 | 4253599 Joenobody12
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Dont be fooled. War is in the genes. Japan has terrorized its neighbor for centuries. That is why both China nd Korea hated their guts. The infamous ten thousands ear mount refer to the incidence when invading Japanese but off the ear of their Korean victims and created a mount out of them. In the 14th centuroes. Chinas Ming dynasty collapsed mostly from military expenses they spent oin trying to help the Korean defend against the Japanese. At one point in time, Japan raid Korea and brought home tens of thousands of their most beautiful women. in fact, it is widely know the Japanese emporer's mpther is a korean but hte Japanese try to not talk about it.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 00:18 | 4252962 chump666
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And China is now bringing money home, hence Yuan appreciation and inflows + Australia about to get a credit negative downgrade = China imports are closing up shop.   Also Japan's exports now crunching lower.  Money printing, repatriation, debt to fund war machines all leads to war.


Tue, 12/17/2013 - 00:29 | 4252982 CrashisOptimistic
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One more time.

Cut off oil.  You don't need to bomb military or cities.  Pointless to do so.  Just cut off oil.  Both are huge importers.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 05:17 | 4253316 rp1
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Japan is a US proxy.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 09:23 | 4253576 Joenobody12
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The US is already doing that. It tries to block off the land transportation of oil to China from Iran and some such by creating what they call a new Silk Road at the back door of China and Russian by befriending the XYZ-STANs. The US also just befriended Burma. The US also controls the Malacca strait through which most of the oil from the middle East passes to SE Asia. Blame China for fearing threatened.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 00:34 | 4252985 lolmao500
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5% in 5 years? Lol. Ooo. This is so scary... NOT... Back in 2011, Russia was planning to spend $42 billion on defense... but they decided to crank it up to $63 billion... A 50% INCREASE in ONE YEAR...

Instead of wasting all that money, Abe should just test a nuke. Way cheaper and would scare the Chicoms.

North Korea is getting ready for some fun again :

lawmaker says showing signs preparations could be underway for new Nuke and long range missile test.

sends leaflet balloons to border island warning of attack

Chinese fishing boats have pulled out of area near NLL near border island day after DPRK leaflets found on island with warning. via YTN

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 02:09 | 4253131 lakecity55
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Perhaps it is only another wayward uncle going on a one-way trip in the capsule.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 00:35 | 4252993 Seize Mars
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God, how pathetic.

Hello war mongers, I know you're reading. You guys have really, really lost your edge.

You can't even manage to start a fucking war correctly. What a total clusterfuck.

Please get more creative. It's almost like you guys are out of ideas.

Just don't bore us, please. Remember Iggy Pop in the 70's? You didn't know what would happen, he might throw up, brandish his penis, roll around in broken glass or start a fistfight with the drunk in the second row. You just didn't know what would happen. Now that was cool.

This Abe thing is just silly. The whole Senkaku thing is not convincing at all. People might believe a good Venezuela story. But this thing...yawn.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 00:42 | 4253003 wisehiney
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Japs may be taking the honorable samurai way out. Die in battle or from eating contaminated fuku food. When you commit harakiri, you would then have "NO GUTS"!

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 09:15 | 4253556 Joenobody12
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Radioactive FuKu Sushi does that to your digestive system everytime.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 01:31 | 4253089 suteibu
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That pretty much blows the 100 trillion yen 2014 budget.

As yet unknown is if the money will be spent on Made in America or European hardware or if Mitsubishi, Hitachi, et al, will build these weapon systems in Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia (maybe even Myanmar and, ironies of ironies, China).

Who wants to bet that those drones will be flying over Osaka, Fukuoka, Niigata, and especially Naha (those Okinawans can not be trusted) as often as the Senkaku Islands?

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 09:04 | 4253450 i-dog
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"those drones will be flying over Osaka, etc"

My very first thought, too! Talk up China as an external bogeyman for an excuse to arm the Japanese corner of the unfolding global police state to the teeth.

The Japanese people are too smart to fall for the "camel-riding trrrrrst" gag that suckered the citizens of the West into paying for billions of rounds of [short range] hollow points and thousands of [urban warfare] tanks for local police to use against them. If I remember correctly, it was the Japanese govt that started ramping up the Senkaku issue.

There will be no Asian war, IMO.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 10:05 | 4253715 Winston of Oceania
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See this here's a tease "

In the two decades through last year, Japan was the sixth-biggest military spender, just behind Britain, with outlays rising 13 percent in constant 2011 dollar terms, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. By contrast, China's defense spending exploded more than five-fold, vaulting the country to second place from seventh."

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 10:15 | 4253753 i-dog
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That's a most inflamatory article from Rothschild, errr, Reuters ... headed by a picture of a Japanese flag and rifles with fixed bayonets. Probably dug up from their early 1940s stock propaganda library....

Japan is a Jesuit (Khazar/Rothschild)-controlled fiefdom that will do what it is told (unless the Japanese people themselves rise up, against their normal nature to obediently follow authority).

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 01:40 | 4253099 lewietheparrot
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You see how it works?

The US

backs Japan

Japan falls in line

The bankers get the bucks

The us gets paid in GDP

the dying old Japanese middle class gets to pay until their last irradiated breaths

and everyone goes home from the party with something

it is really quite tiring to see the same old same old over and over

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 02:00 | 4253122 Kr4sh35
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Time to beat our ploughshares into swords.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 02:07 | 4253126 lakecity55
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Tora! Tora! Tora!

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 02:07 | 4253130 peter4805
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How about spending some money on cleaning up that nuclear nightmare of yours instead?

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 10:00 | 4253700 Winston of Oceania
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Maybe THIS is why...

"In the two decades through last year, Japan was the sixth-biggest military spender, just behind Britain, with outlays rising 13 percent in constant 2011 dollar terms, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. By contrast, China's defense spending exploded more than five-fold, vaulting the country to second place from seventh."

The increase is not even in keeping with Abe's inflation of the currency.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 02:18 | 4253146 kareninca
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Well, this will convince Japanese women that it's time to start having kids.

When you have a tidal wave and an ongoing nuclear disaster in your country, on top of 20 years of recession due to corruption, the best way to encourage women to reproduce is to cause them to believe that there will be a war.


Tue, 12/17/2013 - 09:05 | 4253538 Joenobody12
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I was going to voluteer to help their women in their effort to reproduce. On a second thought , my offspring will be living in radiation enriched Japan... hmmmmm, no thanks.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 02:44 | 4253181 theliberalliberal
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well the conscripted volunteers that will have to clean Fuku #4 up when the SHTF (to the point of no ingnoring) wont worry about the radiation if they know their next chore is kamakaze pilot.



Tue, 12/17/2013 - 03:06 | 4253204 W74
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Tue, 12/17/2013 - 03:08 | 4253217 q99x2
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Schools out for Winter.

And oh no here we go.

Surfin in the China Sea.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 03:33 | 4253249 Clowns on Acid
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well, well, well.... this is a bit moar than Keynes's broken window theory... to get the economy moving....

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 03:37 | 4253251 New American Re...
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The history of investing in a war machine is that you have to use it in order to pay for it from the spoils of war, making it the ultimate market play.  You win you're the hero and you get to write history; lose, and you're the goat...and maybe much worse.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 04:38 | 4253293 Fred123
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China might regret messing with Japan, tho the Chinks might get in a few good licks. My money is on the Japs. Chinese arrogance and hubris will get you thru the first few successes, after the first kick in the face the Chinese leadership will be looking at their investments and start to bail. Afterall, money is the number 1 priority for the Chinese.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 09:10 | 4253544 Joenobody12
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I agree. Especialy when Japan sends in their 5-leg 4-eye Fukushima mutant soldiers who can run faster and see farther.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 05:06 | 4253310 rp1
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Japan is monetizing the debt.  There's really no choice because it has become an unpayable farce.  They have no foreign creditors and more foreign assets than anyone else.  How are you going to short Japan?  You can short the yen, but that will just export deflation.  A weak yen will make Japanese companies more competitive, while Japan sells foreign assets at a high price and up go the interest rates.  It's a &^%$# hilarious trap.

Chart of the Nikkei showing a huge base and channel:

The game has changed.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 05:26 | 4253323 Brazen Heist
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This is all a bunch of prick waving.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 05:42 | 4253334 rp1
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George Carlin on war, not to be missed:

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 05:42 | 4253336 ich1baN
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Surpised at the tremendous amount of ignorant comments about japan's military. They are the most robotically advanced nation in the world and numbers don't mean anything for China when Japan has 1.5 trillion drones flying around undetectable to radar because they are so small. 

Japan could make nukes like they make Toyotas and Hondas. In reality the agressor is actually China. They drew the line over the islands first, they asked for land back like indian givers and now they have threatened to nuke the US 3 times.

I'm sorry but if China wants to stire the hornets nest in Japan, they are going to get the stung by the Giant Asian Killer Wasp. Japan is way too mighty for a country that has 600+ million living on less than 2 USD a day. Japan's technology > sheer numbers, just like in WWII when Japan dominated China. Japan would have completely taken over China if the US didn't enter the war.

I'm not advocating an attack on anyone, but Japan has the right to defend itself and to deter the increasingly jingoist China. None of you have lived in China, I have and they are extremely hateful of Japan and want to attack them militarily.... even common street people in China talk about war with Japan like its yesterday's ice cream flavor. They are pretty much zombies in China now. 

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 08:57 | 4253519 Joenobody12
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It is not about Diaoyu Island/Senkaku . It is all about the castrated Japanese wanting to grow a pair. Talking about animosity of common people in China towards the Japanese, you should goto Korea and,in fact, most of the South East Asia too. I wonder why.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 09:57 | 4253680 Winston of Oceania
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No Joe it isn't, it's all about China's economic problems and the fact that they are not a homogenized people. The country speaks several different languages and has several cultures very different from one another. Perhaps TPTB in China hope that a war will help them in both instances, at the very least the appearance of war is all they hope for.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 06:11 | 4253353 ebworthen
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Japanese Death Star!

Oh wait, Fukushima is already accomplishing that.

I know, nuclear power plants on the Senkaku Islands!

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 06:34 | 4253356 falak pema
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The ultimate answer of all Keynesian constructs : The war machine!

It worked for the USA in 1939...

Now both China and Japan have to sharpen their claws as Pax Americana umbrella starts showing the world its full of holes. 

How did we get here? Just a reminder... The historical time line of PAx Americana logic, the only game in town since 1964 and Nam invasion, has been the following :

1° We are losing our grip on our own economy as we consume more than we produce (Peak Oil and Great Society). And our money is the problem as its reserve and pegged to the $. What do we do ?

2° We start a local war to take over France's role in Nam. Its a way of racheting up our economy  (GDP) by increasing "G" in MIC spending. We'll show the Ruskis and Chinks we still run the world. 

3° SHit! It ain't working out! That monkey Giap is a tough nut! And look what our Oil imports are now doing !

4° No Problem. We revoked BW and Dear Henry has gotten us ping ponging with China in detente and his shuttle will get us the Petrodollar handshake and Templar state of Israel to guard Saudi Oil Jerusalem! Well played Dear Henry ! Now to win the peace with China and also the cold War with Russia by going full blast Star Wars MIC spending in Reaganista times. Volcker has solved the inflation problem linked with welfare state spending. And Reaganomics has solved both our energy concerns and welfare state spends by putting the focus on CHEAP OIL (Open WIDE that Swing OIL tap Fahd, we have you by the nuts in that Iran Iraq war as we support you and your spear carrier Saddam),  Open wide that Zirp spiggot Greenspan and let Milken and Soros build our Financialista model of FIRE economy. The SKY's THE LIMIT in quarterly report mode. Its blast off time USA, RAMBO style.

5° We've won the cold War. We've launched the NWO and global outsourcing to softened, docile CHINDIA.

Cheap labour unlimited Wowiee! We've created the new frontier of Internet and now we can create the greatest invention known to man : unlimited money built on the three pillars of salt of Sodom and Gomorrah : The financial derivative construct under king $ hegemony, the MIC massive WMD supremacy, the cheap unlimited oil for fiat deal with Saudi and Emirates.

We have created the perpetual machine of John Galt via cheap labour arbitrage outsourcing to people who understand we hold the MIC gun. Clinton can smoke his cigar and revoke Glass Steagall and its open house when Elstine comes and visits him in WH, drunk as a hobo on the run. Hallelujah! (Eat your dirty heart out Putin).

6° Hey fellahs! Guess what cheap oil is not cheap. Guess what? China rising is creating huge surpluses on their side and huge deficits on our side. Our FIRE economy is now like Jack's beanstalk. Where does this thingie go?

No problem ! We have the MIC gun and the $-oil hegemony ! What can go wrong?

5° We have a problem Houston. Its called Subprime! Jesus, it ain't JUST subprime its all over its FIAT money itself and its now LEHMAN. 'This sucker is gonna come down' says GWB. 'Tell you what, before i leave i'll save your skins my Oligarchy friends of Carlyle and Saud, and all those good fellas at ex-Enron and Halliburton, by giving you TARP thanks to Hank and then its up to Jamie, Ben and Blankfein to get us outta this mess; hang in there I'm gonna paint dogs in my bath tub! Over n out!'

6° 'As top Potus all I can do is follow in the foot steps of my predecessor, Gitmo and Patriot Act, NSA included but with Obamacare sauce for MY FRIENDS,' says Obammy. 'More of the same and PRAy that this sucker does not bring us down.'...

And we in ZH know what followed.

7° Meanwhile as the hole has gotten bigger in $ hegemony construct the rest of the world has woken up that POWER in geostrategic play is now up for grabs. Power hates vacuum ...

8° Before we start crying for Argentinian USA and sing "where have all the flower gone"...we have to take stock of history's lesson : when Empires fall the knee jerk to use MIC plays is the recurrent route.

Except today....Oppenheimer's toy scares the shit out of these sociopaths running the world. 

What next? Let the fiat construct arrive at destination. Its only the dot.Com fiat economy, so who cares! 

The world will survive a crash of Dollar and Euro crap if push really comes to shove! 

Tighten seat belts as we are increasingly in heavy weather. 

ONe thing is sure; like in 1914 the end of PAx Britannia saw a new world born between 1914 and 1945...

The coming crisis will see a post Pax Americana world emerging and the value systems of this new world will be very different to those that built the previous system, the big business global model of WS,  whose decaying time line is presented above since that tipping moment of 1964. 


Tue, 12/17/2013 - 07:34 | 4253418 negative rates
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I know i'm losing my mind when I start talkin to myself about my own interpretations of my mind, since my mind is extremely limited i'm now trusting books.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 08:27 | 4253480 falak pema
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Just don't junk history if you don't want to slam dunk your mind.

And in history chronology is everything as it lays bare the MINDSET of hegemonial power plays. 

Denial is one way of saying "it don't exist 'cos I don't see it".

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 06:56 | 4253394 Peter Pan
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So by the time they finish buying the military hardware they need do they honestly believe that China will sit back and wait if they truly intend to act?

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 07:47 | 4253428 papaswamp
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Well last time they were in a big war, they were decimated, but someone else came in, rebuilt them and they became a manufacture powerhouse. Great way to zero out the debt sheet.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 08:23 | 4253476 Bogdog
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We have always been at war with Eastasia.

How many fingers am I holding up?

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 09:02 | 4253524 JamesBond
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Do you blame them?  Examine Obama's foreign policy decisions and actions and tell me you have confidence that 'he's got your back'....




Tue, 12/17/2013 - 09:03 | 4253529 JamesBond
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Dang, I can see the gratuitous 'back end' remarks streaming in 3, 2, 1...

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 09:30 | 4253600 Uncle Remus
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He say, you under allusion.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 09:49 | 4253643 ToNYC
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Time for Godzilla Fukushima to fix bad Economics and Stop the War which always results from terrible Economic practices.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 10:52 | 4253872 Smiley
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Arm them; the Japanese could be an Ace in the Hole (for a while anyway) for the US to use as a military proxy.  War is ingrained in the blood of the Japanese and if given the chance to prove themselves once again I believe they would do nicely and put on a fine show.  Having Japanese military power fully equiped and on the move again would effectively shoulder check the entire region.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 11:15 | 4253935 el Gallinazo
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Smiley, you're a genius!  What a great idea!  It worked so well with Hitler, who initially was financed by Wall Street capital funneled through Prescott Bush's bank, Brown Bros./ Harriman.  After Pearl Harbor, FDR shut down this financing route upon threat of an indictment for treason.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 22:09 | 4255699 Aussiekiwi
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I cant see the young Japanese male going to war unless there are cheap Android devices, free cellphones involved and they don't have to leave their computer screens , most of the population is aging rapidly, some sort of dads army perhaps.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 11:06 | 4253917 el Gallinazo
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Question:  Why was Fukushima reactor #3 fueled with MOX (mixed plutonium / uranium)?

Answer:  They were using it to build a secret nuclear arsenal.

There is enough plutonium in the spent rod pool of #3 to kill every mammal on the planet 5 times over when it vapirizes (if it hasn't already).  

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 11:17 | 4253937 nah
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let them eat toast bitchez!

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 11:39 | 4253998 el Gallinazo
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Radiation kills in two primary ways.  The first is cancer, which often takes years and even decades  to develop.  The second is radiation sickness.  In its most acute form, it can kill in hours as one's body essentially liquifies.  In less acute forms it shows symptoms that could be ascribed to other causes if the authorities so choose and have primary control over all the media.  There are no remedies for Fukushima with traditional physics though there are with scalar wave physics, kept secret from tier 2 physicist in the universities.  As the intensity of radiation spreads, acute radiation sickness will become more and more apparent in Japan which is now a dead man walking.  Abe needs this Kafkaesque secrecy law to prevent his citizen sheeple from discovering the truth.  Expect something similar in the next two years in the USSA.  Sea life in the Pacific Northwest is already experiencing severe symptoms even though the primary plume from Fukushima is still at least 3 months away from reaching the coast.  There is a huge die off in the star fish for example, which are "liquifying."  Fish are now plentiful in astounding record number along the coasts as they flee eastward from the radiation.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 16:26 | 4254901 Paulson Bazooka
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The only policy more economically stimulating than Paul Krugman's war preparations against fake invading aliens is war preparations against real neighbors. What could go wrong?

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