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Japan Defense Minister Officially Authorizes SDF Forces Shoot Down N. Korean Missile (Breaking)
Yahoo Japan Headline News (original in Japanese) from Japanese news sources ^ | 7 April 2013 | Yahoo! News Japan (original in Japanese)

Posted on 04/07/2013 6:59:27 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo

Japan's Defense Minister issued the official military order within the hour or so. It has been stated in news commentary that the North's Musudan intermediate ballistic missile which is an extreme threat to Japan and had been suddenly moved to North Korea's east coast just two days ago for possible launch without warning, without any kind of statement to international space or aviation bodies for a "test launch" of a missile, means that North Korea could launch a sneak missile launch without any warning to the world. So Japan's Defense Minister ordered Japan Self Defense Forces (SDF) into readiness with PAC-3 anti missile batteries to be activated along Japan's West Coast facing North Korea in the event any missile or portions of missile head toward Japanese territory. It will be shot down if a) called for and b) possible. Link to Japanese story. (They are not going to sit around and wait until a surprise launch on Wednesday next week aimed in the area of Japan).

TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chicken; dprk; japan; japanmissiledefense; kimjongun; korea; md; missiles; nkorea; nkwar; northkorea; pac3; pyongyang; sdf
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To: UKrepublican
Wouldn’t it be convenient for China, in the midst of a territorial dispute with Japan, if the NORKS provoked them into a war........

It would be terribly INconvenient for China if the NORKS provoked Japan into declaring "We are now a nuclear power too".

41 posted on 04/07/2013 9:06:05 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: mac_truck

“....maybe this action by Japan will stiffen the spines of Pres. Obama and his team....”

Naaaa....not even with all the steel we send them. Remember, you can’t polish a turd.

42 posted on 04/07/2013 9:31:12 AM PDT by lgjhn23 (It's easy to be liberal when you're dumber than a box of rocks.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I keep thinking how hilarious it would be if the NKors launched a missile towards Japan, that suddenly veered North to Vladivostok. I imagine that Putin would turn several different colors of ticked off.

43 posted on 04/07/2013 9:40:14 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at
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To: American Constitutionalist

Japan is not a nuclear power only because they choose not to be. I believe they have the information and the technical capability to create nuclear weapons. If the NKs launch a nuke figure Japan will probably successfully intercept it, a couple of months later several NK military installations disappear from aircraft delivered weapons.

44 posted on 04/07/2013 9:43:48 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

Dear Tiny Kim,

Japan is one sleeping giant you do NOT want to awaken. If you launch a missile at them, they WILL demand to become a nuclear power, and I don’t think anyone could mount a logical argument to stop them. Some of us would stand on the sidelines and applaud them.

45 posted on 04/07/2013 9:45:17 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Japan will at least will be on battle readiness status against North Korea>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Which is a whole lot more than you can say about Japan's Ally, the United States of America.

Obama has been caught with his pants down, and he uis conducting a campaihn about supporting Japan, but nothing is really being done on the ground other than moving a few resources around.

46 posted on 04/07/2013 9:56:43 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(
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To: AmericanInTokyo

All BS, this just means if they fire it at Japan. We should be destroying all NK missile launches.

47 posted on 04/07/2013 9:58:16 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Will our fearless leader back Japan or will he bow down to the communists like he did to the middle-eastern-death-cult leaders?

48 posted on 04/07/2013 10:01:05 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: Tai_Chung

Missile Defense, Then and Now

Readers of a certain age will recall the battles over missile defense that raged during the Reagan administration. Virtually all Democrats opposed all forms of missile defense, deeming the concept not only unfeasible–”like hitting a bullet with a bullet,” as though that were impossible–but destabilizing as well. John Kerry’s denunciations of missile defense were typical: “a dream based on illusion, but one which could have real and terrible consequences,” As recently as 2008, Barack Obama said that he didn’t “agree with a missile defense system” and promised to slash funding for development of such systems. He did, too.

49 posted on 04/07/2013 10:02:58 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Tai_Chung

I tend to agree..Many are now concerned that there has been so many threats coming out of NK for almost a month now, how could he ever back down without becoming the brunt of the world’s jokes?

Others believe NK has built up more armaments than has been revealed and NK is becoming overly confident.

My bet is this becomes war soon, or later, but it’s going to happen.

50 posted on 04/07/2013 10:10:55 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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51 posted on 04/07/2013 10:14:36 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Vaquero

That there is funny!

52 posted on 04/07/2013 10:23:17 AM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I just hope it doesn’t compromise their readiness to combat monsters.

Remember, Japan is still the only nation to have thousands of citizens squashed.

53 posted on 04/07/2013 10:28:08 AM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
It is extremely academic if they can hit one, but they very well may be able to get a modified scud or Nodong on Musudan and bring it down either over the Sea between DPRK and Korea, or somewhere over Japanese land, hopefully not near a populated area. To do so I would say they would be very lucky

They're only going to shoot down a missile launch if it fails (particularly true of the PAC-3s). The current Aegis BMD missile has very limited capability against the Musudan going to it's full estimated range, so the Norks could lob one OVER Japan with very little chance of it being intercepted.

54 posted on 04/07/2013 10:29:57 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Tai_Chung
Missile Defense is the last line of defense. I think the Korean missiles should be taken out. We aren’t talking about some Iraqi scud missile. They have threatened to use nukes. Don’t give them the chance. It would not be an unprovoked attack since North Korea has already announced to the world they will attack the US, Japan, and South Korea. Other actions they have taken suggest an attack is possible within days.

Probably better it happen now, as opposed to later, knowing NK will just continue to escalate their arms build up and harden their defenses.

55 posted on 04/07/2013 10:31:33 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I can't help but think Kid Korea is going to try to send a nuke to the U.S. I believe he thinks he has the greatest military in the world and can take on anything.
I don't believe the nuke will make it, but I can see it landing in the pacific ocean. If it does, there's going to be tsunamis everywhere.
I think the kid was raised in a delusional world, and I think he thinks he's indestructible - because people told him he was all his life.
56 posted on 04/07/2013 10:33:06 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: AmericanInTokyo

1) NoKo cancels test because they know, unlike US leaders, Japan’s leaders aren’t bluffing.

2) Pravda USA gives all the credit to obama backing down to Krazy Kim and defusing the situation.

57 posted on 04/07/2013 10:39:13 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: concerned about politics

He could float one over, and cause cataclysmic problems.

In fact, he could float one over to Mexico, which is one of the most corrupt countries on the planet where there government officials can be bribed with cheap prostitutes and a bit of cash..

It would be easy.

That tractor trailer parked at Walmart in Austin Texas, instead of being smuggled across filled with typical 75 Mexicans and 2,000 pounds so dope, could possibly contain something much more dangerous.

58 posted on 04/07/2013 10:41:55 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

What are the odds that the missile will perform as it’s supposed to?

59 posted on 04/07/2013 10:48:02 AM PDT by Spok
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To: SeekAndFind

Very true. Japan committed tremendous atrocities against the Chinese during WWII. The Japanese made Hitler look like a choir boy, but people only remember Hitler. I’m sure that grudge hasn’t cooled one bit.

60 posted on 04/07/2013 10:48:56 AM PDT by eak3
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