Quiet Since WWII, Japan Begins $44 Billion Re-Militarization To Confront China

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Submitted by Darius Shahtahmasebi via TheAntiMedia.org,

 The days of post-World War II pacifism in Japan are more or less over.

The Japanese government has announced it will bolster its coast guard capabilities to defend disputed islands in the East China Sea. China also claims and regularly patrols these islands. The coast guard budget is expected to reach a record of 210 billion yen (approximately $1.8 billion), adding eight new ships and more than 200 law enforcement officials.

Japan’s government also just approved a record defense budget of 5.1 trillion yen (approximately $44 billion), with a focus on China and North Korea. The budget is set to include six new submarines equipped with improved sensor technology, which is to be used to deter the challenges presented by the Chinese. The increased funds will also go toward an upgraded missile defense system.

Japan has supposedly been investing in a submarine program since the 1950s and analysts consider the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force’s submarine fleet to be one of its core strengths.

However, it remains to be seen how long Japan will be able to use the term “self-defense” as a justification for advancing its military capabilities. Earlier this month, China accused Japan of interfering with Chinese military aircraft and launching jamming shells, endangering the safety of Chinese aircraft and crew.

Japan has had a history of anti-militarism since the end of World War II when it was condemned for its widespread aggression. As Anti-Media reported last year, Since the end of World War II, the Japanese constitution, imposed by the United States, has barred military action unless it is deemed necessary for self-defense.

Nevertheless, the Japanese government has moved away from its historical pacifism, passing bills to bolster its military presence.The new, hotly contested package of 11 security bills [gave] the Japanese military the option to engage in battle to protect their allies, including the United States, even if there is no direct threat to Japan or its people.” The bills were so controversial they provoked a brawl in the Japanese legislature and prompted thousands of protesters to take to the streets.

In spite of this opposition, however, it appears the Japanese military is embracing its new powers. Both sides are guilty of provocation, and both sides will be able to claim “self-defense” as a result of whoever pulls the trigger first. It’s an accident waiting to happen.

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1980XLS's picture

Maybe Mitsubishi can start making planes again?

Syrin's picture

I thought Fukushima was intended to create Godzilla followed by a wave of Pokemon.

InsaneBane's picture

NO NO NO MORE!

 

“Today the expenditure of billions of dollars every year on weapons acquired for the purpose of making sure we never need them is essential to the keeping of peace. But surely the acquisition of such idle stockpiles—which can only destroy and never create—is not the only, much less the most efficient, means of assuring peace. I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary, rational end of rational men. I realize the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war, and frequently the words of the pursuers fall on deaf ears. But we have no more urgent task.”

“First examine our attitude towards peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it is unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable, that mankind is doomed, that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade; therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.”

“FOR IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, OUR MOST BASIC COMMON LINK IS THAT WE ALL INHABIT THIS SMALL PLANET. WE ALL BREATHE THE SAME AIR. WE ALL CHERISH OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURES. AND WE ARE ALL MORTAL.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fkKnfk4k40

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Ge ya some Oakleys!

 

 OAKLEY COMMERCIAL "THERMONUCLEAR PROTECTION"

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W0-BryswL0

Joe Trader's picture

Mitsu never stopped making jets..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_F-15J

Like the F-15, they'll probably get the licence to build the F-35 in Japan, as will also be done in Italy

researchfix's picture

F35. Pianos cannot fly, they are too heavy.

Automatic Choke's picture

what rhymes with "pearl harbor"?

SilverRhino's picture

call girl barber .... either way someone's getting fucked.  

AVmaster's picture

China is the new germany and obama was chamberlain...

jenniewadeguy's picture

Okay smart guy.  Put your money where your mouth is.  Do something about Chinese aggression.

InsaneBane's picture

Don't you see it? Eisenhower was right the military industrial complex and the central banks are a lethal combination. We as American people need to take control of the private central bank that was taken from us. Stop paying taxes, bring the IRS down. Consensus among the people is the main thing, than we can sail this ship towards our main goal. LEADING BY EXAMPLE

IF THE USA FALLS, THE WORLD FALLS. UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL.

 

beemasters's picture

I can name a real aggressor...and it isn't the Chinese.

rockstone's picture

Shush.....that's a secret.

johnconnor's picture

To put things into perspective $44 billion is the cost of 10 new Air Force ones....

toady's picture

Japan needs to remember the "land war in Asia" lesson it should have learned in WWII... only way they have a horse in the race is nuclear first strike...

Brazen Heist's picture

Well then they are already down by one strike....they scored an own goal with Fukushima.

DosZap's picture

They would be WAY better served by paying couples(that $18 Bil) to have 4-5 kids, they are OVER 50% elderly, lowest marriage rate ever, and kids being born, will note even replace PARENTS.

At the current actuarial rates Japan will cease to exist in another 30 yrs or LESS.

darteaus's picture

You're a little behind the times, as they already have and do.  The latest are the 211 Mitsubishi F-15Js.

Mitsubishi's first post-WWII fighter flew in January 1971 - 45 years ago.

Japan has an Military-Industrial base that they are now starting to ramp - given the proximity to an increasingly belicose China, and the US appearance of stepping back from support of traditional allies.

 

1980XLS's picture

Interesting. Just like immediately after WW2, Japs copying other people's designs. (granted under license)

They Built their own F-4 Phantoms  and F-15 Eagles.

How many jobs did we give up, allowing them to build them themselves?

Given all the Jap cars & electronics we buy from them, the least they could do is buy American made Planes.

 

Trump needs to get on this shit as well.

holgerdanske's picture

Ha ha, no love lost amongst friends.

But seriously, your planes stink. Even Trump has found that out.

If you want value for money, buy Russian, and soon to be Chinese, I guess.

The F35 is a joke, as far as I can see. And an expensive one at that!!

roadhazard's picture

It's not like they don't have the money...

kliguy38's picture

GREAT!! Now lets get the currency war goin' and build up those arsenals and "GDP"......THEN lets get the HOT WAR goin for the final diversion

Blackfox's picture

Refloat the Yamato bitchez!

gregga777's picture

Yeah it and the Musashi made such great targets.

Publicus's picture

Make no mistake, all the cities will be destroyed. The rural folks will repopulate the Earth.

Ignatius's picture

If we humans survive at all.  We may be counting mating pairs on one hand, if we're "lucky."

Humans are clever.  So clever we've come up with innumerable ways to destoys ourselves and everything else.

We need to contemplate that reality very carefully.

Arnold's picture

 Taking their own first line of self defense in hand.

How novel, Europe?

beijing expat's picture

Abe is stupid. No China market, no Japan economy. They sell a lot of shit there.

And what good is a fucking army? China ain't going to attack, and Abe can't invade.

Maybe he wants to get in on the NWO thing, but Trump is doing a zippo job on it.

Abe is a twit.

lucitanian's picture

You're absolutely right. Abe is completely out of phaze, following a clinton Obama dictate, backed by his right wing cronies, and completely deaf to his electorate. The only thing he's got is the monopoly of the media to press the idea of "Chinese agression" or North Korean agression" as if military posturing will make a difference. Sooner or later Japan has to become part of Asia and the LDP has to stop playing footsy with the US Deep State and screwing over the not so dumb Japanese people. Chinese and Russian differences can be resolved, but not by a stronger military. On the contrary, what is necessary is a stronger leadership and commitment to an Asian future not as a US surogate acting as a base for thousands of US offensive troups.

US F__K OFF out of Okinawa and Japan. The war is over, Go home!

Brazen Heist's picture

At the behest of Uncle Sam and the Trilateral Commission?

max_leering's picture

what do the Japs want?... to be nuked for a second, oops, third time

gatorengineer's picture

WTF are they going to do with 44 Billion annually?  Answer sweet fuck all.  Add a zero to that if you want to get in the game.

Korprit_Phlunkie's picture

They can say china but right across the water is that crazy bastard in N korea. 44 Bill would counter the billions that clinton bush and obama gave him of the taxpayers money.

BlueSceptic's picture

Self-Defence. And assist the US where needed. Who's side are you on?

lucitanian's picture

Is that supposed to be funny? Or are you just an ass hole? A serious question.

HowdyDoody's picture

Fourth - Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima, ...

 

Golden Showers's picture

It's not "Japs", asshole. It's Nipps. And fyi, the Nipps were nuked 3 times. Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Fukushima. The third time by General Electric. They bring good things to light, remember?

Imagine living on an island chain that in total land area might be about the size of California. But only 20 percent of the land is available for development. Further imagine being a member of a homogenous society. Nipps are peaceful, but they'll kick your ass.

Then there are the Ainu up north. A very concise gloss of Nippon can be found here. It's 18 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0jd_EJ2OIM

Nipps are civil, honest, peaceful at home. However, they have a knack for taking stuffs and improving on them. Like the game GO, the automobile FORD, and somehow turn playing cards into Nintendo. They even have a machine that will pour you a pint.

Look at the star fort and the flag of Hakodate for a second or two... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakodate,_Hokkaido

Check out the Soujin Bell in Hakone... http://traveljapanblog.com/wordpress/tag/japan-pictures/page/12/ Scroll down a bit.

One thing the Nipps lack is the desire to procreate. Bunch of pandas. Maybe it is good for Nippon to grow a pair and get some men up in the house. Not a bunch of stooping yesmen for Rothschild folks. https://www.rothschildarchive.org/materials/ar2006japan.pdf

These Nipps have been fucked over and take it in grand stride. It's just good that they aren't exactly Commie Politbureau faggots like China.

Fuck China. Leave the Uyghurs out of it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uyghurs#/media/File:Uyghur_girl_in_Turpan,...

Sorry if you don't like my handle. It's an idiot blocker.

RealityCheque's picture

Now all they have to do is find some young people to do the fighting.

peddling-fiction's picture

Now this seems to be one of the objectives, since the economy is in the shitter.

Emergency Ward's picture

They lack Hello Kitty Lolita street fashion military uniforms.  Ha ha.

EuroGuy's picture

China has no intentions to attack Japan but USA/Japan have intentions to attack China.

truthalwayswinsout's picture

Don't fuck with Japan; they will scorch your ass with Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, Ghidorah, Biollante, Gigan, and Orga. And as for Pokeman, and YuGiOh, when the Japanese send the signal all the cards will animate and more monsters will appear. 

ToSoft4Truth's picture

The Japanese used to make some decent landmines. 

onwisconsinbadger's picture

Time to close US bases in Japan. Bring the troops home. South Korea also.

Free Man's picture

Bingo!

If they want defense then let THEM pay for it, not US taxpayers.

lucitanian's picture

Do your homewark. Japan pays for more than what it gets from the US. Never mind the lies about Nuclear weapons at US bases, since the 60s, totally against the constitution of the country. Take your military bases out of Japan, and it would be a much safer country. If you want to talk about messing with other country's elections, take a look how the LDP rose to power in the first place, and how it stayed there for fifty odd years, gangsters, right wing extremists, corruption with US corporations and all. But obviously from your comment your not to well up on the subject. So, as I said do your homework.