Skip to comments.JAPAN RAISING TERROR THREAT LEVEL TONIGHT (ON GUARD AGAINST N.KOREAN AGENTS AFTER U.N. ACTION)
Posted on 10/11/2006 7:11:54 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo
Story in Japanese at the link above.
By the Government of Japan, in response to North Korea's threat earlier today to treat 'severe sanctions' as a defacto 'declaration of war'.
Save your admonishment.
Since your know nothing of me, my home is resident to a Japanese garden which is now in year four.
I have multiple bonsais and am immersed in the post WWII legacy of dual alliance and the historical aspects of Japanese culture.
I expect Japan or S.Korea to supply the bulk of the troops. We'll probably provide naval and air force backup. Why? I think we're headed for war with Iran and our troops in Iraq are crucial. See the link for where military exercises will be conducted.
I believe the extended version is Arigato sahi masu.
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A declaration of war is unnecessary, as the armistice has been violated 12 ways from Sunday.
YEAH like Lucy Liu from Kill Bill Vol 1
Ha! She'd get it done...
I knew she was bad*** when she took that head of sexist mobster in Kill Bill Vol 1
American in Tokyo
is a beloved FREEPER . . . He's virtually always quite accurate and well informed re his facts. He tends to be more gracious than not. He has a big heart. He is tirelessly responsible.
It appears that it might be a stretch to measure up to his standard for a number of folks.
I, for one, hope that respect and charity are extended to him for his many services to FR by way of his astute and informed perspective on that region of the world for the rest of FR.
Others: "This is about Mini-Me, not what happened during WW2 or earlier." "This is 2006, you seem to reside in a parallel universe trapped in a time warp."
No. Ladyjane and muawiyah are talking about an Asian perspective. We look at it from a very American "short-term" historical perspective.
Asia has grudges that go way further back than Islamists ever thought of. WW2 was a blip on the timeline to them.
It doesn't make any sense to us, but that's the way it is. The hatred over borders over there is tremendous, like it was in the US in 1861. At times, the Japanese were the damnyankees, and now they're civilization's best buddies. When we look at the way these people react, we had better put our Asia perspective caps on!
"which will bring down the wrath of Bushbots on me,"
I think military action was always a last-ditch option with DPRK for bush, for obvious reasons (bloodbath potential, chinese/russian issues), but Iraq is probably the one country the US could most easily invade and occupy after afghanistan from an international politics view and from a military view, compared to iran and dprk. I also believe the outcome 3 1/2 years later is iraq is something the administration would not have believed likely or desirable in march 03.
You seem to be well versed in the language of Japan.
There are multiple dialects, I'm curious can you name them?
We'll correspond in Japanese if you wish.
It would seem that way...
PINGING FR Godzilla there is user named Godzilla on FR
I suggest, before you include me in your reply that you read his response to my post.
Thank you so much, AmericanInTokyo, for posting this! BTTT!
By the way, here are some photos of stuff seized by the Japanese from North Korean agents who had infiltrated Japan in the past, including the actual transport vessel they sunk after a ferocious gun battle .
Note the spy equipment (coding sheets):
Anyone with a decent AM radio tuner in downtown Tokyo can turn on 657khz at night and hear Radio Pyongyang broadcasting the instructions into Japan right in the open...reading the code for the agents in place.
Some of the agents are no doubt trained in the placement of WMD, such as sarin or VX gas, or other forms of sabotage and confusion.
You said -- "How sweet it would be if Japan took out Lil' Kimmie."
I didn't know that they had that kind of military capability...
P.S. -- I thought that was what China was trying to prevent, that is, having Japan build up their military strength. If Japan already is at that kind of capability and means for defense against North Korea (already), what is China trying to prevent (in regards to Japan's military capabilities)?
They are different ~ really different when it comes to their digestive systems ~
I'm tired but I clicked all the way back in sequence to post #1.
It appeared to me that AmericanIn Tokyo was a bit more charitable and moderate in tone.
It may be that I'm more familiar with him. I'm certainly thankful for his many tireless reports to FR in a long list of situations seeking info from that region. And, when I was in Taipei, I greatly appreciated his perspective on our region.
I really hate to see folks get testy with one another from either side. I particularly hate to see it toward a closer respected friend.
Yes, AITokyo can be quite strong in tone. I haven't noticed any brittleness of any significance on his part yet in this thread.
AIT, you don't have to bring the wrath of the Bushbots if you've got a valid point. =D
But I get tired of hearing this "stretched too thin by Iraq" mantra. That's total BS.
There's almost zero Air-Force assets being used in Iraq right now. B-2s are bored. There's no subs needed in Iraq to patrol the Sea of Japan. And finally, we have at least two real allies in Asia, if you count South Korea!
You need boots on the ground to occupy Iraq. Occupying North Korea would be a ridiculous idea (we been there, couldn't do that).
Whatever US troops are in SK now are not going to stop the NK artillery bombardment of Seoul, anyway.
well, those are darn good points you've brought up. nobody here I think had predicted or even dreamed that Iraq would have turned out as rotten for us as it has and currently is, after three years, coming up on four, there. hindsight 20/20 I guess. me, and you, and many others were watching N.K. all the while, never taking our eyes off the considerably larger world threat
damyo too! (Bunny, pancake!)
Maybe I'm blind to your flaws on this thread. But I sure appreciate your tireless contributions to FR from that region. And I'll always have a warm spot in my heart for you as we shared that region,somethwat together, for so long.
Maybe the Tiger is sleeping right now. I've pinged him just in case.
So 657khz is a number station?
That's true. I'd imagine any action against North Korea or even Iran would be mainly from the air. The only ground forces we may send would certainly be special forces.
I only hope.
You said -- "NUCLEAR WEAPONS"
When did Japan become a member of the nuclear club. I would think that they are prevented from joining that club by the non-proliferation treaty. Of course, that doesn't (apparently) pertain to Pakistan, Iran or North Korea (of course).
But, then again, like I said before -- wasn't that *exactly* what China was endeavoring to prevent, by "reeling in" North Korea. But, then again, maybe China doesn't have such "good control" over them...
Well I live IN SO CAL so I am not sleep NOT YET LOL!
HEY AIT I presume you hear about Chia Pet little nuke test on Sunday night
I must have misunderstood your question because they do not have nuclear weapons for the moment. I thought you were asking what China is trying to prevent concerning the Japanese military. The answer to that question is nuclear weapons.
657khz is not a number station per say. it is the strong watt broadcast of Radio Pyongyang with regular programming all day. However, it plays the numbers just after the station ID, usually starting around 5 minutes after midnight Japan Time daily. The DPRK bitch who reads them out to the spies in Japan goes on for about four or five minutes. There is a site on the internet; somebody in Japan once recorded it and audio streams it online
On the other hand, think of where we'd be today with Kimmy going nuts and still having Saddam active over there.
You can say that NoKor is taking the advantage of us being in Iraq to wreak mischief.....but then you could also guess that had the USA gone hard after Kimmy instead of Iraq- that Saddam might've stepped up his meddling in Palestine/Israel, or who knows what over there.
As Billy Joel said, "We didn't start the fire..."
Did you know most adult Iraqis have teeth ground down from eating bread made from stone ground flour? Gotta' have an impact on their attitude.
He's going to touch your moustache. Tell him not to.
And you picked that up in the Army when they trained you to monitor the North.
You have since retied to a civilian job in Japan that pays well and may involve your listening in on NK broadcasts ~ or not ~ just something you do to keep up on the accent.
"Bouncing the rubble" I think they call it!
I'm afraid that after North Korea is freed that Seoul will be shelled into looking like North Korea, and, well, the USAF will put North Korea into Stone Age minus one.
Evening. This Morning. Every Morning.
Hopefully you are not drinking milk and leaning over the keyboard at the same time.
Thanks for the posting and translation.
So this is what N. Koreans meant by 'physical response' ?
WIth a gazillion Japanese who can pass for Korean, and vice versa, (for a variety of reasons going back millenia), not sure that question is meaningful.
Modern Koreans probably have a bit more Tibetan in their lines than the Japanese, and less Jomon, but they both have a touch of Hakka, and unless you have the really flat Moon face look, that's a pretty dominant "face" in both countries ~ except among the Emishi and Ainu.
Hard to stick out in that crowd!
Boils down to our being in Iraq is to keep tempers in check in the oil producing world and to keep the islamonuts from shutting down the 21st Century. Economically, defensively,...