Japan Expands Military Footprint For 1st Time In 40 Years Ahead Of Obama's Visit

Tyler Durden's picture

Mere days before President Obama is due to visit on his Asia tour, Japan is making some rather uncomfortable 'diplomatic' moves. First, a senior Japanese cabinet official - Keiji Furuya - visited the highly controversial Yasukuni shrine (which is where "Class A" war criminals are enshrined alongside other war dead). And second, and perhaps even more concerning, is, as Reuters reports, Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan. Both moves risk angering China at a time when non-Chinese Asia is looking for reassurance from Obama on his willingness to suport them.

The controversial Yasukuni shrine is back in the news...

A Japanese Cabinet minister on Sunday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals, in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan's neighbors.


Lawmaker Keiji Furuya, who chairs the National Public Safety Commission, said on his website that he paid respects Sunday morning at the Yasukuni shrine ahead of a festival that starts Monday.


I believe that to honor those dead who gave up their lives for our country is the right thing for a Japanese to do," he said.




Officials' visits to Yasukuni have infuriated China and both Koreas. The 2.5 million Japanese war dead enshrined there include 14 class A war criminals from World War II — national leaders who were either executed, died in prison or during their trials.

But it is the actual expansion of Japan's military that is most concerning... (as Reuters reports)

Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan.




Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, who attended a ceremony on Yonaguni island to mark the start of construction, suggested the military presence could be enlarged to other islands in the seas southwest of Japan's main islands.


"This is the first deployment since the U.S. returned Okinawa (1972) and calls for us to be more on guard are growing," Onodera told reporters. "I want to build an operation able to properly defend islands that are part of Japan's territory."


The military radar station on Yonaguni, part of a longstanding plan to improve defense and surveillance, gives Japan a lookout just 150 km (93 miles) from the Japanese-held islands claimed by China.

The new base "should give Japan the ability to expand surveillance to near the Chinese mainland," said Heigo Sato, a professor at Takushoku University and a former researcher at the Defense Ministry's National Institute for Defense Studies.

"It will allow early warning of missiles and supplement the monitoring of Chinese military movements."




Many of the islanders on nearby Yonaguni are looking forward to hosting the radar base and the 100 troops who will man it because of the economic boost it will bring.


Others on the island, however, fear becoming a target should Japan end up in a fight.


"Becoming a target is frightening, they won't talk to us about it, we haven't discussed it," a protestor, who declined to be identified said.

Onodera's groundbreaking ceremony on Yonaguni took place s four days before President Barack Obama lands in Tokyo for a summit with Abe, the first state visit by a U.S. president in 18 years.

The United States, which under its security pact with Tokyo has pledged to defend Japanese territory, has warned China about taking any action over the disputed islets, but has not formally recognized Japan's claim of sovereignty over the territory.




Each of the four countries on Obama's itinerary -- Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines -- has a dispute with Beijing over islands in the South and East China Seas. Their leaders will be weighing Obama's willingness to support them if those conflicts boil over.

Seems like Japan just keeps wanting to test those red lines... but one wonders just how far all these Asian nations are willing to push...

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DoChenRollingBearing's picture

China might be very smart not to provoke Japan.  Japanese advanced technology could come on-line very quickly.

And I ain't talking Friend of Another here...

knukles's picture

My last trip to Tokyo the highest tech stuff I recollect were the little school girl used panty vending machines on the street corners.  Impressive, sir.

LetThemEatRand's picture

The really high tech part is that they keep the poop warm and fresh for several years.  It was originally developed for Pelosi, but it has multiple uses.

knukles's picture

Kudos, dude!
And on Easter Sunday no less... after Pope Pelosi washed the feet of wannabe immigrants...
What a shit show.
The statist leadership employing religious symbolism.

Ah, it's getting tough to be a serf 

LetThemEatRand's picture

I caught that, too.  Apparently Lloyd or Jamie (both?) have a foot fetish and thought this would be a good way to remind the masses that the key to salvation is helping your poor bretheren by washing their feet.*

*afterwards, wash your hands in a solid gold sink in the Vatican.

knukles's picture

Helping your brethern is by washing their feet.

A new Pelosiism.
Like Popesicles, Popeacorn and Popeonaropeadopeasoap (fthr, g sarduchi) 

rsnoble's picture

Thanx mang as I sit here slurping down my cocoapuffs milk.

Hulk's picture

how many pairs of little girl panties did you buy knukles ???

Enquiring minds want to know !!!

knukles's picture

Hulk, I had no change left after emptying the scotch machines at 0430 when all the bars were closed.  

Hulk's picture

Interesting market, the panty market is. Its the only market wherein the used item is more expensive than the new item !!!

knukles's picture

Most insightful, my man.  Perhaps some business opportunities.  We could start with a cardboard stand in Times Square.  Exercise our free speech, scratch and sniff rights.  Stand there claiming Natural Law's gift of soiled panties....  Mayor DiBlazzo would welcome us with open arms what with us claiming we could create thousands of now job opportunities!  Think of all the underpriviliged kiddies we could buy the panties from (claim health benefits for the kids, The Clean Crotch Foundaiton) all the vendors, increase Velocity of money aiding in the Green Shoots Recovery Process well under way, maybe even get invited to the Wart House for a Barrybeer.

We got it dicked (well, wrong word for this line of thought) but you get my drift, partner!

Hulk's picture

LOL, I got an old hen house we can work out of !!!  4 egg boxes for "S" :M" "L" and "XL" !!!

LeisureSmith's picture

With all those NPP's humming and making nasty materials all these years I bet they have shit tons of nukes ready for assembly if things were to go pearshaped. No, it's not a bomb sir...it's just an assortment of various components. wink wink.

freddymercury's picture

You might be referring to Robotech and Gundam.

Wahooo's picture

What would Japan gain from helping the US? They should go in with China and fuck the merkins.

km4's picture

As Japan's trade deficit quadruples in March http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27099942

#whatajoke that they kowtow to Obama

Ratscam's picture

DoChen, you mean advanced technology such as another Fukushima they cannot control. I would bet a lot of money, that Obama will never mention that disaster on his trip.

DavidC's picture

Well, the overnight indices are up...


Uber Vandal's picture

Note to self: Spend/enjoy profits before WW3 or whateverthefucknext kills us all.

Save_America1st's picture

go eat radiation you Marxist, treasonous piece of shit scumbag mother fucker. 

yeah, that's right...I said it.  Fuck him and fuck all the corrupt, sociopath scum in D.C.





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q99x2's picture

Everyone knows Obama only lies. They'll probably take hime golfing and let him keep his own score.

If you've ever had anyone around that always lies you'll know what I mean. They are like having a disabled person around. You just treat them nice and hope they leave quickly.

loonyleft's picture

the caliber of Obama haters that have to pick on disabled people. Showing your true colours. 

TheMeatTrapper's picture

The Japanese soldier of today ain't the Japanese soldier of Gudalcanal. He's an anime reading, metrosexual effiminate thing. 

The Chinese soldier on the other hand has come a hell of a long way since the Yalu river. 

Let them eat iPads's picture

The Chinese soldier is inferior to even the French soldier.

robertocarlos's picture

Pretty sure the Japs have nukes. Why else would they have those reactors.

rsnoble's picture

When there's nothing left to do except blow shit up and kill people. Of course for the US it's all there ever was/is.

Jack Burton's picture

Japan's military has not been in any type of military action since their days of defeat at the hands of the US military. I have followed mostly their Naval developments, and for decades they have been a sort of Mini US Navy, minus the Carriers and Nuclear Submarines. I suspect that ship for ship the Japanese are superior in naval technology. But we really don't know where China stands, how far they have developed. Japan also is manpower short as birth rates have been low and a large generation of motivated military age males is lacking. Society seems to have moved from human based, to technology based. Where else to pervert comic books get read by a majority of males, and women don't even seem to want sex, according to recent studies.

It is reported that Japan has a large nuclear arsenal, but one that is not assembled yet. It is said a week is all that is required to get many bombs ready for delivery. So I think China knows that Japan is a nuclear power in every sense. Perhaps on a par with Israeli, 300-600 weapons.

America deeply wants Japan and China to enter into conflict. Just as America deeply wants Europe to go to war with Russia. In fact, America is hell bent on dragging all mankind into a world war, a war in which nations implode and wars tear other apart. The Neocon plan is for America to cause the wars, but to stand back and help them destroy eachother. Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Pakistan and Iraq stand as proof positive that this is American policy.

The big prize for the US neocons and Israel is to subvert peace and manipulate Russia and Europe into conflict, and to also subvert peace in Asia and manipulate Japan and China into war, hoping also to get thei puppets Australia and New Zealand to send their forces to slaughter as well.

The whole idea is for the US to get others to fight and destroy eachother. While the US earns profits and moves in to claim the spoils after the battles are over. Actually, this is even superior to the Roman way of empire. Watch Ukraine, see how America pays for provocations to make this into a real bloody hot civil war and then attempts to bully Europe into fighting and forcing Russia to fight. Clever boys in Washington. Clever killers that they are. Don't belive me?? Se Iraq and Syria as the models, we saw to it around a million died for our benefit is those two cases.

Ratscam's picture

well said!
And let,s not forget Japan is an occupied country as are Germany, Italy and dozens of other countries that accomodate US military bases. Germany does not have a signed peace contract with Germany. This after 69 years of peace.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

japan is USSA's mini me, been there they are as consumer crazy as an american teen girl- but seems they got empty wallets now, the whole world is bat shit nuts, thank god for obuma, so much the NWO puppet, would not be surprised if he says" what we need is to put on a teen musical and sell tickets to china and such, why we can do Flower drum song, and I can be a gisha..."

Winston of Oceania's picture

Large armies are a thing of the past, mass assault is stupid wasteful and a losing prop. The US is no longer even designing manned fighters, watch for the autonmous unmanned fighters to be unveiled just before they are sent ino action. You can't hack them because they don't have a wireless link but will pacify the skies and silence the AA missiles.

are we there yet's picture

China and Japan have more to worry about than moving 14 caskets from one part of a Japanese cemitary to another. It will not change history.

Let them eat iPads's picture

Japan could do the world a huge favor by re-arming and kicking China's ass again.

That totalitarian shithole is worthless beyond belief.

22winmag's picture

You said it. Not me.


Better dead than red.

I Write Code's picture

Yeah, a radar station with some Patriot 3's and a dozen rail guns, plus site defenses, two 7,000 foot runways, three deep-water docks, and a fuel depot.  And call me in the morning.

22winmag's picture

That's one hell of a radar station. Add a few titty bars, pawn shops, and fast food joints and we're in business.

istt's picture

How do we bungle into these ridiculous treaties?  We fought against Japan during WW2 and were appalled at what they did to Chinese citizens and also what they did to our soldiers.  Why should we now defend the Japanese?

suteibu's picture

Japan has been America's colony since 1853.  WWII was Japan's unsuccessful revolution for independence. 

And that is the broad context for everything happening now.

lakecity55's picture

"If you want your protection, you can keep your protection."

NoWayJose's picture

We send Obama to Japan - and not long after, Japan sends us Godzilla. Not sure which country comes out ahead in that one. Both are capable of destroying cities and countries...

lolmao500's picture


Adding to unease in the region, a Chinese maritime court in Shanghai seized a ship on Saturday owned by Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, saying the company had failed to pay compensation stemming from a wartime contractual obligation.