Japan Sounds Alarm On "Unprecedented, Critical And Imminent” Threat From North Korea

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Following the landslide victory by Prime Minister Abe in Japan's Sunday elections, which left his ruling coalition with a supermajority allowing him to change Japan's constitution, Abe wasted no time in signalling a push towards his long-held goal of revising Japan's post-war, pacifist constitution, however as Reuters reported earlier, Abe would "need to convince a divided public to succeed." Parties in favor of amending the U.S.-drafted charter won nearly 80% of the seats in Sunday’s lower house election, leaving the small, new Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) as the biggest group opposed to Abe’s proposed changes. Still, Abe claimed he wanted to get other parties on board, including Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s new conservative Party of Hope, and was not insisting on a target of changing the constitution by 2020 that he floated this year.

Yet, despite Abe's soothing vision, just one day after the election Japan was already setting the groundwork for creating the strawman that would be needed to get public support largely behind Abe's militant venture.

As a result, Japan’s defense minister said on Monday that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities have grown to an “unprecedented, critical and imminent” level, requiring “different responses” to the threat.

The minister, Itsunori Odonera, was quoted by AP as saying that this rising threat compels his country to endorse the U.S. view that “all options” must be considered, which President Donald Trump says includes possible military action. And since this pivot would require a revised constitution, the next step is already in play.

Odonera’s comments came at the outset of a so-called trilateral meeting in the Philippines (where over the weekend Russia was "delivering" weapons to the Duterte regime, as reported overnight) with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and South Korea’s defense minister, Song Young-moo. Each made statements about North Korea before a group of reporters and news cameras, but none took questions according to AP.

Mattis was in the Philippines to attend portions of a two-day meeting of defense ministers from the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations. He used the occasion to hold a three-way meeting with his counterparts from Japan and South Korea. He is scheduled later in the week to travel to Seoul to attend annual consultative talks with the South Korean government, which is expected to focus mostly on North Korea.

Elevating the North Korea bogeyman to unprecedented levels, and assuring that "no crisis will go to waste", Odonera said North Korea’s most recent underground nuclear test could have been a hydrogen bomb, which is vastly more powerful than an atomic bomb.

“The country has steadfastly improved it nuclear and missiles capability,” said Onodera. He added: “The threat posed by North Korea has grown to the unprecedented, critical and imminent level.”


“Therefore, we have to take calibrated and different responses to meet that level of threat,” he said, without elaborating on what “different” responses Japan favors.

Trump has said he will resolve the North Korea problem alone if necessary, to prevent the North from gaining the capability to attack the United States with a nuclear-armed missile.

As usual, the far cooler Mattis - who clearly does not have a constitution-revising agenda - was much more reserved in his remarks than Onodera, although he did slam Pyongyang for defying U.N. Security Council resolutions against its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. But the U.S. defense secretary did not mention any potential military action. Mattis instead emphasized a unified U.S.-Japan-South Korea position in pressuring the North to give up its nuclear program.

“North Korea’s provocations threaten regional and global security,” he said.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s defense minister, Song, said that North Korea’s behavior is “becoming worse and worse.” In brief remarks to reporters, earlier on Monday Song was asked about the risk of war against North Korea.

“I want to emphasize that war is not as easy as the journalists make it sound in the press and the media,” he said. “As defense ministers who are in charge of national defense and other high tech weapons such as ballistic missiles, we understand the very weight of engaging in a war and as such we will make all the efforts necessary to resolve the issue in a diplomatic and economic way as possible.”

He added: “However, if we are attacked then we will have to take firm actions.”

Most importantly, however, is that it has been a month since North Korea has engaged in any provocative actions, and contrary to expectations that it would launch a ballistic missile in early and mid October, so far Pyongyang has - despite launching the occasional verbal grande at Trump - kept a low profile. Which considering it is now in Japan's best interest to have a provocative neighbor who will greenlight the desired constitutional changes, will likely change in the near future.

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LawsofPhysics's picture


Japan; "Korea is a problem!"

USA; "Fuck you, pay me!"

Barry Madingo-Odongo's picture

I wonder when those pilots will be called for operation Pearl Harbor III?

Rapunzal's picture

It looks like Abe got help from Kim Il Jung. With the coming change of the constitution, Japan can increase their military spending. Obviously with money they don't have.

BULLISH ! Dow 30000

lasvegaspersona's picture

piker....don't you read ZH?...it is DOW 500,000!!!

Rapunzal's picture

No the Japanese military spending is DOW 30000.
For DOW 500000 we need universal income ;)

bluez's picture

After all the 50 "spent" fuel pools in Japan crash and burn, the Japanese can always join the North Korean refugees fleeing to China. Oh wait.....

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Wasn't it Japan that invaded Korea?

And the USA that nuked Japan?

Winston Churchill's picture

Facts not admissable in the court of public opinion.

jcaz's picture

Ah yes, Japan- an expert on nuclear...... DOAH!!!

Kayman's picture

1. Japan changes constitution.

2. Next day Japan declares they have 100 hydrogen bombs ready to go with Kamikaze Pilots sipping sake.

3. China executes Kim.

Barry Madingo-Odongo's picture

LMAO You know what Rod means...? So you refer to the missles...?

Raffie's picture

Super Abe who is poweered by lies and rice will resolve this global issue. 

thunderchief's picture

People forget Japan was the greatest profiteer of the Korean war and its former colonial power that looks down on Koreans as inferior,  especially now that their economy and electronics suck, and cars are about on par with Korea.  They are also a hell of a lot older.

No, Japan is still a threat to Korea, especially with another Abe term and revised constitution.   

Grimaldus's picture

Japan is a threat, Korea is a threat, China is a threat--- so what? They are big boys, they can take care of themselves. Sovereign nations all, the USA should not be involved in any way shape or form with their local disputes. 

China would love to see an unchained Japan---NOT! 

I think it would be great. Popcorn worthy. :-)

I'm always going to take the Hattori Hanzo steel over anything else available.











Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Does "all options" include actual diplomacy?

Didn't think so...

abyssinian's picture

How about sounding alarms on your non stop money printing and stock market maniuplating? How about the alarms on leaking radioactive waste daily from your damaged nuke plant? Maybe NK should flatting this piece of crap ! 


Juggernaut x2's picture

The Japs should fight their own battles but I don't think that this generation of Japanese would stand a chance against a NoKo army of men that is used to deprivation.

Scuba Steve's picture

Well, they would BUT since the NWO/CBankers put Abe back in he's kind of obligated to help with inciting .... Standard bankers/NWO disclaimer.

Dragon HAwk's picture

Ok Japan, you go First.


Don Sunset's picture

Time for Fukushima diplomacy?  Whose ass is gonna get Fukushima'd first?

ImReady's picture

False flag in 3,2,...

redmudhooch's picture

The false flag to end all false flags?

historian40's picture

Abe scared his way into a landslide, now he has to play it out.  I'd prefer NK over Japan if for no other reason than NK isn't poisoning the Pacific with a massive radiation spill not being treated seriously.

Yen Cross's picture

  Those damned Amish are up to their nefarious ways again.

Piranha's picture

Japan just cant get enough of radiation lol

Blankone's picture

Japan working with Trump to keep level of hyperbole high. Just like yesterday's story the B52's were going on 24/7 alert status.

Trump's circus/reality tv show. But I have to say China may be falling for it and Putin got scared of being on the wrong side. Putin, in a concession to Trump's demands signed a new law placing Russian sanctions on North Korea.

edotabin's picture

Understand that Russia and China etc are part of the "empire". Don't fool yourself.  It's all controlled "opposition".

I still think they should hang Kim from his ears and give him a piece of his own medicine.

The Kims should've made youtube videos with their gripes about western society, not nuclear missiles. That way they could've made a valid point and had more supporters. In any case, it would've been better than locking up 24 million souls in their batshit crazy insane asylum of a "country".

It could easily be argued that he is doing more to advance imperialism than to work against it with his methods of "governance".

silverer's picture

Let's see: Japan is in a hole way deeper than the US, because it took the Keynesian experiment as far as possible before they realized it wasn't working, and Japan does not hold the reserve currency to export their problems elsewhere. Solution? Be the US's lap dog again. Militarize? You betcha! Back to the days of former glory (but under the direction of NATO). The Japanese men will get a chance to throw out their trendy clothes and latex girlfriends, man up for one last go around, and attempt to regain their former glory! Now that the US puppet got back in, how else did you expect it to go?

BustainMovealota's picture

Yeah, but they got robot sex dolls.  I don't get much better.

lasvegaspersona's picture

Those sex robot dolls are just a short set of code away from becoming killer fembots..

If they can f8ck they can fight!

Japan should be fine, they could return to having sex with actual women while the robots are away on duty.

Txpl9421's picture

Because everyone knows that Japan and Korea get along just fine.  The ONLY people on the Pacific who give a shit about the Japanese are the US.  And we barely care about them.

redmudhooch's picture

Maybe Banksters should stop taunting the Koreans.

Theres only so much poking one can take..

Jack Oliver's picture

There is nothing 'equal' about US/Japan relations !

Zio/US keeps Japan like scared little rabbits - both economically and militarily !

I doubt Japan will ever grow a set - US will use them as FODDER !

' De escalation ' is a word not in the Deep State vocabulary!!

Youri Carma's picture

Japs are fond of suicide.

AgAuSkeptic's picture

in case you are Japanese worried about a nuke falling on your head, this is the information about treatment for radiation emeergency, keep this with you! http://www.rxrankings.com/datatable/default/diseaseinfo/Radiation@Emergency

BigWillyStyle887's picture

Ok so this slanty eyed fuck wins an election and the very next day wants to start a war?????????/

Scuba Steve's picture

He is obliged to do it .... Sir Jacob, Sir Evelyn and Lynn said so.

How can you get some pudding if you havent eatin your meat?

thebriang's picture

Japan admits it already has all the technology and materials to produce  its own nuclear weapons in 3.. 2...

Oh wait, they still have to tell the people they need to change the constitution first. 

GeezerGeek's picture

Japan should just set Godzilla free up near Li'l Kim's place. I know they have him hidden just off shore of Fukushima; he really likes consuming nuke stuff.

Godzilla could end the Norks' nuclear dreams in mere minutes, plus, they could film it happening and make a fortune on Youtube.

Atomizer's picture

I'm back. LOL. Recustructing post. I love Brower crashes. They don't work. Only when Tyler uses a one second blank JewTube video. 

Jtrillian's picture

ATTACK before THEY attack.

The Bush docterine is alive and well in Japan. 

How do you say GO TO HELL in Japanese?

restelle's picture

You can hear it here...  "Get the Hell Out of Japan".


Akzed's picture

"Go to herr," though it loses something in translation.

Thordoom's picture

Manga I think or was it maga?Can't remember.