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JAPAN OFFERS UNCONDITIONAL SUPPORT OF U.S.A. ON IRAQ ATTACK ISSUE, U.N. RESOLUTION OR NOT
Yomiuri News (Original Article in Japanese) ^ | 7 March 2003 | AmericanInTokyo

Posted on 03/06/2003 11:34:21 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo

From the Japanese language Yomiuri News report:

The Government of Japan has just announced (around 1 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday) that it will UNCONDITIONALLY STAND WITH THE UNITED STATES, and will support it's ally in the event war is brought upon Iraq, and this support is WITH OR WITHOUT any additional, new United Nations Resolution.

The statement said that time has run out for Iraq to disarm, the US will be supported by Japan, and the US-Japan alliance will be in place.

Japan will note in it's statement, coming up shortly, that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, has been told time and again to eliminate them, they have not done so, the US may move to take action, and since the continued possession of WMD by Iraq is unacceptable, Japan has made the official decision they will follow whatever the USA does in this situation. They state that Iraq is only strengthened by the positions put forth by France, Germany and Russia, as it delays Iraqi compliance with the UN resolutions.

Japan noted that action on Iraq is liable to occur in the early hours of an upcoming morning in Iraq, therefor, noting international time differences, Japan will be the first major democracy in the world to issue a statement on the hostilities; and in this sense, it is readying itself for a quick, strong message of US support by Prime Minister Koizumi.

Japan is citing UN Resolutions 1441, 678 and 687 as reason enough for it now to support the United States in the event of war. In addition, it says it wants no division between the United States and Japan with the current, increasing threats from neighbor North Korea, so it will fortify wherever possible the existing US-Japan military alliance.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Japan; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alliance; disarm; friendship; iraq; japan; koizumi; terror; us; war; warlist; wmd
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1 posted on 03/06/2003 11:34:21 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so.
2 posted on 03/06/2003 11:35:44 AM PST by over3Owithabrain
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Buy Sony?
3 posted on 03/06/2003 11:35:46 AM PST by MississippiMan
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To: AmericanInTokyo
bttt
4 posted on 03/06/2003 11:36:40 AM PST by firewalk
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To: BeforeISleep
Thank You Japan!
5 posted on 03/06/2003 11:38:02 AM PST by CELTICGAEL (Celt) (To the Iraqi People...Help is on it's way! To saddam...BOHICA!!!!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thanks for letting us know!
6 posted on 03/06/2003 11:38:17 AM PST by katnip
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Now this is some good news I can believe (not like the "Is Osama dead/alive/found/captured/killed" saga). Thank you, Japan.
7 posted on 03/06/2003 11:38:50 AM PST by steveegg (The Surgeon General has determined that siding with Al-Qaeda is hazardous to your continued rule.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
The Japanese can also provide uniquely valuable expertise in helping Iraqis convert to a democratic society in the post-war period. Outstanding.
8 posted on 03/06/2003 11:40:23 AM PST by Argus
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Arigatou! (?)
9 posted on 03/06/2003 11:40:40 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
BUMP...

10 posted on 03/06/2003 11:40:54 AM PST by phasma proeliator (it's better to die with honor than to live without it.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Woo-Hoo!!!
11 posted on 03/06/2003 11:41:36 AM PST by RandallFlagg (MustFReepMustFReepMustFReepMustFReepMustFReepMustFReep)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Toyota, Honda, Yamasaki, Sony GOOD

BMW, Mercedes, Siemens BAD
12 posted on 03/06/2003 11:42:13 AM PST by finnman69 (!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
My opinion of Nippon has just risen greatly! I'll celebrate with some brewed in Japan sake.
13 posted on 03/06/2003 11:42:34 AM PST by dennisw ( http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/weblog.php)
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To: da_toolman; jdogbearhunter

BUMP

14 posted on 03/06/2003 11:44:00 AM PST by phasma proeliator (it's better to die with honor than to live without it.)
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To: over3Owithabrain
You know what that song's about, right?

: )
15 posted on 03/06/2003 11:44:08 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: dennisw
They still REMEMBER the A-bomb. It went BOOM!
16 posted on 03/06/2003 11:44:36 AM PST by ncooper777
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Bonzaii!!!! (or whatever they say over there)

and I think we already buy enough stuff that is made in Japan... but I won't feel quite as bad about doing so in the future :)
17 posted on 03/06/2003 11:45:09 AM PST by GreenGrouper
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To: AmericanInTokyo
The Government of Japan has just announced (around 1 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday) that it will UNCONDITIONALLY STAND WITH THE UNITED STATES, and will support it's ally in the event war is brought upon Iraq, and this support is WITH OR WITHOUT any additional, new United Nations Resolution.

Thanks Japan ... we'll watch your back as well.

18 posted on 03/06/2003 11:45:20 AM PST by Centurion2000 (Take charge of your destiny, or someone else will)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thanks for the report. This is a supremely strong statement, especially as the first of this nature on the issue by a large democratic nation.
19 posted on 03/06/2003 11:45:31 AM PST by RightWhale (Theorems link concepts: Proofs establish links)
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To: finnman69
I Just bought a Sony big screen HDTV and wish Toyota made a bigger Truck than the Tundra and I would buy one of those too.

A trip to one of the local Japanesse Steak Houses sound good too.
20 posted on 03/06/2003 11:45:56 AM PST by The South Texan
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Even though we nuked them twice, they appreciated our generous and charitable occupation and rebuilding of their society.

This balances off the ingrates, France and Germany.

21 posted on 03/06/2003 11:46:31 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: Centurion2000
Japan is THE SECOND LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD.
22 posted on 03/06/2003 11:46:46 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Easy to UNDERRATE N.Korea: Idiotic leader, starving people. BUT DON'T! They could attack in a flash.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Japan, domo arigato gozai mashita!
23 posted on 03/06/2003 11:46:46 AM PST by k2blader (Please do not feed the Tag Lion. Žoar.)
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To: GreenGrouper
"nichibei domei, banzai"
24 posted on 03/06/2003 11:47:43 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Easy to UNDERRATE N.Korea: Idiotic leader, starving people. BUT DON'T! They could attack in a flash.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Does Japan make good wine or cheese? How about escargots?
25 posted on 03/06/2003 11:48:53 AM PST by PianoMan (Liberate the Axis of Evil)
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To: MississippiMan
Is it OK if I buy a Japanese car now?
26 posted on 03/06/2003 11:49:03 AM PST by The_Victor
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Japan is getting ready for North Korea.
27 posted on 03/06/2003 11:49:31 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I think it may be time for that age old nagging guilt, for buying a Japanese product, be finally excized from the collective conscience of America. Especially the older people who remember WWII.

Lets all start buying Japanese, and leave the German and Chinese stuff on the shelf.

28 posted on 03/06/2003 11:49:39 AM PST by Paradox
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To: Temple Owl
I guess you can start considering Toyotas now.
29 posted on 03/06/2003 11:50:22 AM PST by Tribune7
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
The Japanese understand the threat posed by a rogue like N.Korea in their neighborhood and the necessity to have the big dog on their side in opposing N. Korea. The U.N. is totally impotent to deal with threats like N.Korea, as proven by their frog-led appeasement program in dealing with the demonic Saddam. Japan sees the coming axis of world power that will have an irrelevant U.N. squeaking on the sidelines while the big dog and her allies deal with the threats, one by one.
30 posted on 03/06/2003 11:51:16 AM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Aw! How refreshing to observe a nation behave with a sense of national honor.
31 posted on 03/06/2003 11:51:18 AM PST by MoGalahad
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To: k2blader
Why, Take the WHOLE family out tonight to celebrate, after the Bush Press Conference :-)


32 posted on 03/06/2003 11:51:50 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Easy to UNDERRATE N.Korea: Idiotic leader, starving people. BUT DON'T! They could attack in a flash.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo; goodnesswins
Another nation joining in on the unilateralism .....
33 posted on 03/06/2003 11:52:35 AM PST by kayak (God bless America, land that I love!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
AIT,

What is not said in the press release but completely undersood is the following:

...the Government of United States of America will UNCONDITIONALLY STAND WITH JAPAN, and will support it's ally in the event war is brought upon the Korean pennisula and its environs, and this support is WITH OR WITHOUT any additional, new United Nations Resolution.

That's how true alliances work. France & Germany take note.

jriemer

34 posted on 03/06/2003 11:53:31 AM PST by jriemer
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To: MoGalahad
I don't know about honor.

However, the sooner we take care Iraq, the sooner we are able to put the screws to the North Koreans.

Maybe their intentions are honorable, me thinks not.

35 posted on 03/06/2003 11:54:05 AM PST by TD911
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Tomodachiwa, hontoni arigato gozaimashta. Banzai!
36 posted on 03/06/2003 11:54:12 AM PST by katana
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Well, this I promise; Next time I visit the Grand Canyon I will not piss-off or yell at those Japanese tourists trying to take photos all around me.

Mustang sends... :-))
37 posted on 03/06/2003 11:58:29 AM PST by Mustang (Evil Thrives When Good People Do Nothing!)
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To: kayak
For Freepers, if they wish to send messages of 'thanks':

Embassy of Japan 2520 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington DC 20008 Telephone: (202) 238-6700 Fax: (202) 328-2187 E-mail: eojjicc@erols.com URL: http://www.embjapan.org

38 posted on 03/06/2003 11:59:40 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Easy to UNDERRATE N.Korea: Idiotic leader, starving people. BUT DON'T! They could attack in a flash.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Excellent. The Japanese understand. They know they need us to defend them from the North Koreans.
39 posted on 03/06/2003 12:01:39 PM PST by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Mesopotamiam Esse Delendam)
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To: finnman69
Not in the market for a new car, but I'll let me kids watch some extra Pokemon videos in recognition of our staunch allies!
40 posted on 03/06/2003 12:06:33 PM PST by Wordsmith
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To: AmericanInTokyo
The Statement by JAPAN is quite Welcome at this time. The USA really appreciates it.

Of Course, it also says that the Japanese are not stupid. They are smart enough to figure out that the USA will help protect Japan against the even more dangerous (to Japan) North Koreans!

Peace! ........
...........Thru Applied Strength! ([: ^ )

RamS
42 posted on 03/06/2003 12:07:46 PM PST by RamingtonStall (Ride Hard and far! ..... and with GPS, Know where you are!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Uh, oh. The liberals are gonna be pi$$ed. They keep saying we're "going it alone", or cry "unilateralism!", as if the Brits are chopped liver or something. Now we've got a nation of 100+ million with us. So much for unilateralism, eh libs?
43 posted on 03/06/2003 12:10:33 PM PST by chimera
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To: *war_list
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/857879/posts
44 posted on 03/06/2003 12:16:34 PM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: sparky samson
That phrase "coalition of the willing" really ticks me off, too. All coalitions are among the willing ...... if you're not willing, you simply don't join the cause. If you're coerced, then you're a captive nation, not a member of a coalition. More of the idiocy of the liberal media!

I am aware that the President used the term once but the media latched on to it and put a quite different spin on it.

Btw, welcome to FR ..... and, fyi, this "doode" happens to be a middle-aged grandma ...... LOL! You're far from the first person to make the assumption that you did.

45 posted on 03/06/2003 12:20:01 PM PST by kayak (God bless America, land that I love!)
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To: phasma proeliator
don't forget Spain and Australia...
46 posted on 03/06/2003 12:20:47 PM PST by danneskjold
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To: chimera
Some ridiculous liberal Democrat congresswoman from Illinois, I believe, was in the audience the other night on "Nightline", spouting that damned "unilateralism" right and left.

Somebody ought to mail this thread to that moron and ask her if it is 'unilateral' for both the Largest and Second Largest economies in the world (not to mention all the other allies getting behind Uncle Sam), to line up eye-to-eye on this one.

47 posted on 03/06/2003 12:21:48 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Easy to UNDERRATE N.Korea: Idiotic leader, starving people. BUT DON'T! They could attack in a flash.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thank you Japan. How interesting it is to contrast the behavior of the two defeated enemies in WWII in the current crisis in Iraq: Japan gives us unconditional support and the German Chancellor gets elected only when he adopts a virulent anti-American campaign.

Interesting, indeed.
48 posted on 03/06/2003 12:22:34 PM PST by UncleSamUSA (the land of the free and the home of the brave)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
;-)


49 posted on 03/06/2003 12:24:47 PM PST by k2blader (Please do not feed the Tag Lion. Žoar.)
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To: danneskjold

Thanks!

50 posted on 03/06/2003 12:25:21 PM PST by phasma proeliator (it's better to die with honor than to live without it.)
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