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Japan expands army footprint for first time in 40 years, risks angering China
Reuters ^ | April 19, 2014 | BY NOBUHIRO KUBO

Posted on 04/19/2014 10:24:33 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

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.

The move risks angering China, locked in a dispute with Japan over nearby islands which they both claim.

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: china; japan; japandefense; randsconcerntrolls; scarboroughshoal; secondthomasshoal; senkakuislands

1 posted on 04/19/2014 10:24:33 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

risking emotional reactions... few things terrify the Left more...


2 posted on 04/19/2014 10:26:28 AM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I see Godzilla gearing up for his movie comeback in May LOL!


3 posted on 04/19/2014 10:27:03 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Yet another product of Obamatazation.


4 posted on 04/19/2014 10:29:10 AM PDT by Tula Git (There IS a coup in America and it's on track and almost complete.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

America is creating a world-class monster right now.

We must bring back manufacturing from China.

America we used to be a great country. Now we buy everything from China, and we are (terribly) in debt and that is rapidly getting worse.

America wake up.


5 posted on 04/19/2014 10:33:30 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Great time for Japan to put all of that fancy tech they have to use for more than weird video games and erotic toys.

Their men can seriously use the work rebuilding their military. I almost dont mind the spate of WW2 movies that they have been producing either if it gets some of their old warrior spirit back. It sure beats Americans having to do the work.


6 posted on 04/19/2014 10:41:48 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: VanDeKoik
When they were westernizing their military in the 19th Century, they were trying to emulate the British. They were our allies in World War I. They had an excellent reputation for proper treatment of their POW's (none of the Russians captured in the Russo-Japanese War died in captivity, and many Germans stayed in Japan after WW I).

Unfortunately, the Japanese decided to emulate the Germans in their racism and mercilessness in combat against what they considered were inferior.

I think 70 years of American influence when it comes to the Rules of War will prevent them from repeating the atrocities they committed in WW II.

7 posted on 04/19/2014 11:06:30 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

As China will be angry over something anyways Japan may as well go ahead and strengthen their capabilities.


8 posted on 04/19/2014 12:09:42 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: spetznaz

Chinese “anger” is a tactic. The Japanese rightly recognize it as such, if our own leaders do not.


9 posted on 04/19/2014 12:14:40 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter
Exactly. In fact, most anger is a tactic, even at the individual level. In the same way someone cannot put their own good/honest/right personal development on pause due to the potential of some other person getting angry, nations should also not put the potential anger of other nations ahead of their good/honest/right self interests.

Japan should go ahead and do what it needs to do, especially considering China's own rapid military advancement.

10 posted on 04/19/2014 12:25:00 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The biggest challenge that Japan must overcome if it is to remilitarize is the human component. They have no youth. They are on the cusp of a substantial long term population decline. They lack the youth to keep the civil infrastructure in tact.

Trying to staff a military of any size will require a strong rise in birthrates and about 18 years of waiting for the first crop of soldiers to mature.


11 posted on 04/19/2014 1:06:03 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“The move risks angering China...”

F*** China.


12 posted on 04/19/2014 11:57:54 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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