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Japan cabinet approves landmark military change
BBC News ^ | 1 July 2014 | Last updated at 10:08 ET

Posted on 07/02/2014 11:52:55 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Japan’s cabinet has approved a landmark change in security policy, paving the way for its military to fight overseas.

Under its constitution, Japan is barred from using force to resolve conflicts except in cases of self-defense.

But a reinterpretation of the law will now allow “collective self-defense”—using force to defend allies under attack.

PM Shinzo Abe has been pushing hard for the move, arguing Japan needs to adapt to a changing security environment. …

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


TOPICS: Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: armsbuildup

1 posted on 07/02/2014 11:52:55 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Obama’s weakness is setting the stage for the next world war... Japan knows... and they’re being wise. If they don’t defend themselves, nobody will...


2 posted on 07/02/2014 11:54:30 AM PDT by GOPJ (Why no outrage over IRS targeting? Same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about gulags.FREnterprise)
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To: Olog-hai

Japan is one of the few counters to China and with Obama in charge we won’t defend them anyways so better for Japan to realize this sooner than later...


3 posted on 07/02/2014 11:55:08 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: GOPJ

Obama does not seem to realize that if a third world war breaks out, he will be a victim of it.


4 posted on 07/02/2014 11:56:30 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Japan needs to announce that they’re going to license-build RN Queen Elizabeth Class carriers, to be named Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu, Soryu ...

Watching the ChiCom leadershp meltdown in a fit of apoplectic fury would be worth it alone ...


5 posted on 07/02/2014 11:58:30 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter

Have you seen their new “destroyers”?


6 posted on 07/02/2014 12:00:03 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: tanknetter

The Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea and Japan have announced the formation of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere and have pledged to work together to kick China’s big fat ass.


7 posted on 07/02/2014 12:11:13 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Army Air Corps

You mean their “Helicopter-Carrying Destroyers”?

Yup. Although the most recent class is just big enough to operate some F-35Bs. But not in a quantity large enough to take on the ChiComs.

But the Japanese are, with them (and the prior classes of smaller ships) signalling that they’re building up to a for-real carrier capability.

The QEs make sense because all the R&D and design work is done, no need to reinvent the wheel. And they’re sized right for what the Japanese need. They’re smaller than the Ford Class, but the Japanese need to project power regionally, not globally. The smaller decks (Spains Juan Carlos class, which the Aussies are buying, and the Italian Cavour are too small and limited.


8 posted on 07/02/2014 12:20:58 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter

Worth all of the yen in the world.


9 posted on 07/02/2014 12:21:45 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.q)
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To: tanknetter

It would not be the first time that the Japanese Navy used a British-designed/built warship (i.e. IJN Mikasa).


10 posted on 07/02/2014 12:26:52 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Yup. I think it was the Kongo Class battleships that were designed in the UK, with the class leader actually built there.

The current Kongo Class Aegis Destroyers are an interesting design. Based very much on the Burkes but with a tall superstructure evocative of the pagoda style used in their battleships. I’ve talked with ship architects and apparantly there’s no real need for them to be that tall, that it actually increases their radar signature (look at the South Korean Aegis ships, which are also based on the Burkes, for a comparisson). Which means the design is based in aesthetics, not functionality. So another message being sent ...


11 posted on 07/02/2014 12:41:20 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter

Japan wants rid of the American footprint on their islands, yet wants protection from old enemies.
Can’t have it both ways...


12 posted on 07/02/2014 12:44:15 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Japan wants to break away from the US....bottom line...and other nations as well, no thanks to Obama.


13 posted on 07/02/2014 12:45:40 PM PDT by caww
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He has done a bang-up job of improving our international image, no?


14 posted on 07/02/2014 12:47:01 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

....”He has done a bang-up job of improving our international image, no?”.....

Pretty obvious to all, and other nations, that was not his intentions when he took office. His agenda is to destroy this nation on the International Stage...and he’s doing just that.

Unfortunately our Congress is enabling this.....they bark but never bite. In Obama’s case the only one who might be willing to act is our military to get him out.....the people haven’t the will to act themselves.


15 posted on 07/02/2014 12:52:54 PM PDT by caww
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Actually, they can.

The US isn’t in Japan because we want to protect the Japanese (at least primarily, anyways), it’s because it’s in our strategic interest to be there both as a counter to the ChiComs AND as a means of restraining the Japanese from their barely-deniable desire to remilitarize in the face of the ChiCom threat.

The truth is that while most of Asia fears the ChiComs, they also HATE the Japanese. Their cultures have very long memories, and don’t look back too fondly on things like the Rape of Nanking, the Asian occupation, Unit 731 and Comfort Women.

The US leaving the area would be like an adult leaving a room full of aggressive, angry and competitive pre-teens, who don’t get along and are all armed with high-powered firearms.


16 posted on 07/02/2014 12:57:56 PM PDT by tanknetter
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17 posted on 07/02/2014 12:59:34 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: tanknetter

The Japanese government pays for 100 percent of the cost of the American bases and personnel in Japan.
Might as well build their own...


18 posted on 07/02/2014 1:04:52 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Olog-hai

Elites have a way of living well even in war situations....


19 posted on 07/02/2014 1:20:41 PM PDT by GOPJ (Why no outrage over IRS targeting? Same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about gulags.FREnterprise)
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To: Olog-hai

Elites have a way of living well even in war situations.... it’s a mother jones thing...


20 posted on 07/02/2014 1:20:54 PM PDT by GOPJ (Why no outrage over IRS targeting? Same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about gulags.FREnterprise)
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To: GOPJ

Someone ought to tell that to Louis XVI or the Romanovs.


21 posted on 07/02/2014 1:33:26 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: caww

” In Obama’s case the only one who might be willing to act is our military to get him out.....”

Not for long, based on what he’s doing to our military.

We need a “Seven Days in May” .... NOW.


22 posted on 07/02/2014 2:46:53 PM PDT by CatDancer (tagline expired)
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Well we dang sure need something done.....I’m afraid the citizens here simply don’t have the will....rather they’re pretty much waiting for some one else to step in and DO Something.

Isn’t there a Movie “Seven Days in May”????


23 posted on 07/02/2014 9:25:23 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

Yes - the movie is from the early 1950s, starring Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner - it was about a planned military coup to take down a liberal (for that time) president. Great movie, except the ending was wrong. We want a different ending.


24 posted on 07/03/2014 6:28:00 PM PDT by CatDancer (tagline expired)
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To: CatDancer

The movie is from 1964.


25 posted on 07/03/2014 6:29:11 PM PDT by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: CatDancer

I actually watched it last night because of you mentioning it.

I agree a different ending...and I think they made the President sound too convincing.


26 posted on 07/03/2014 6:50:14 PM PDT by caww
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