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And why doesnt Japan just park a few of it's Aegis ships in off the coast in international waters? If the Aegis can not pick them up, then there is a problem!

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I told you so.

This was the true purpose of the GSOMIA, sharing of Korean radar feed to Japan and it will be cut off in November unless Abe san surrenders to Moon with a white flag raised.

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So let’s spend a few billion on the same ultra high-tech tin can missile defense system Saudi Arabia has... and then NK can send a third world drone directly into downtown Tokyo undetected.

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@Burning Bush

So let’s spend a few billion on the same ultra high-tech tin can missile defense system Saudi Arabia has... and then NK can send a third world drone directly into downtown Tokyo undetected.

The US missile defense didn't work for Saudi Arabia, so Saudi Arabia has turned to Korea for its air defense system in an urgency.

https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Saudi-crown-prince-requests-help-from-South-Korea-to-build-air-defenses-602089

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE REQUESTS HELP FROM SOUTH KOREA TO BUILD AIR DEFENSES

BY REUTERS SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 12:29 

Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has requested help from South Korea to strengthen the country's air defense system after attacks on two oil plants initially halved the country's oil production, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday.

The two sides agreed to continue consultations, it added.

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@Yubaru

And why doesnt Japan just park a few of it's Aegis ships in off the coast in international waters?

North Korea has 72 submarines.

If the Aegis can not pick them up, then there is a problem!

This problem was well known, and this is why people are skeptical of the Aegis Ashore's usefulness due to its limited detection range.

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The Abe administration is looking for continued support to revise the constitution. This is another piece of the his agenda nothing more, nothing less. Japan is constantly being monitored by the US umbrella in accordance with the agreements set in place. Nothing happens as a surprise anymore due to the many high tech gadgets monitoring each movement around the world day n night the entire year. Machines do not sleep. So sleep tight everyone, if things in the media are reported as not being seen, think again. It happened for a reason.

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This is serious. Japan should go begging South Korea to admit it back into the intelligence sharing agreement (GSOMIA) else Kim Jon Un would nuke Tokyo without Tokyo being aware. I have all along called Japan's eagerness to punish South Korea for that court ruling childish play. Now you see the consequences. Abe must start waving the white flag and call Moon to apologize.

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This was the true purpose of the GSOMIA, sharing of Korean radar feed to Japan and it will be cut off in November unless Abe san surrenders to Moon with a white flag raised.

That would be creating a long term problem for a short term solution. If they did that, it would teach Korea that they can back out of 'final and irreversible' agreements, thereby making any future agreement with Korea entirely useless. That's an issue that faces Japan with Korea forever, not just the short term while they come up with a replacement for things they previously received from Korea.

What you don't seem to understand is that by pulling out of a 'final and irreversible' agreement, Korea has pulled out the rug from any negotiations with Japan (and really any other country) forever. Korea can not be trusted on agreements anymore. Giving into their hysteria (I mean, come on, "Abe sand surrenders to Moon with a white flag raised"?) would be the worst thing Japan could do for the future of their negotiations with Korea, forever.

No, I think Japan's cooler heads will prevail, and will be focusing on finding replacements for their agreements with Korea. That's the only safe route forward for Japan. Korea is too volatile, unstable, and has shown that they are willing to rip up agreements at any time they want.

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B. Jay

else Kim Jon Un would nuke Tokyo without Tokyo being aware

So You think Kim Jong-un actually would use nuclear weapons. Your thinking is well aligned with Japanese right wing's.

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Well, called it. Curious how this square is going to be rounded now.

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

Would this have happened had Japan not tried to punish South Korea? Hilarious to watch Japan cut its own nose off to spite its face.

-9 ( +7 / -16 )

Missile defense is ineffective and it only encourages the enemy to build and fire more missiles. The only effective deterrent is acquiring capabilities to strike back in kind, that is, having your own nuclear missiles.

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B. JayToday  07:31 am JST

This is serious.

No it's not.

It's like thinking you're in danger because your next door neighbour detected gas coming from their stove before you did. It's completely ridiculous.

Now you see the consequences. Abe must start waving the white flag and call Moon to apologize.

He doesn't have to do anything, because Kim kaunching missiles is an empty threat. Kim knows the moment any Japanese target gets hit Pyongyang will be stormed the same day and he will be overthrown of even killed in the process.

So why is this a story? Oh it says there right in the first paragraph:

"sources close to the matter said."

Right, so it's just the journalist/story maker joining dots that are very far apart.

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How many missiles were meant for Japan? How many launches do you think North Korea is detecting? How many missiles were meant for Japan? I believe the answer to both questions is zero. How often do other countries test their missiles? About as much as North Korea? Who pays for these fear mongering pieces?

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Japan is 1000km from North Korea while South Korea is within walking distance, who do you think will be affected more?

If Japan doesn't get involved with S. Korea, is less likely Japan will even be a target in the first place. They have a limited amount of missiles to begin with that can reach Japan.

Their was a war between North and South before... Remember? How much did North Korea attack Japan? Facts are a problem for some people. You can't trust a country going back on agreements. First the 2015 than the 1965 aggrement.

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This has nothing to do with South Korea pulling out of all defense co-operation with Japan. People who think otherwise are fools. If Japan cannot detect these stealth NK 23 missiles, SK certainly cannot. Japan never needed any defense co-operation with SK.

NK has become a high-tech power, which is why it is dangerous. This is why the Summit between PM Abe and Chairman Kim is so necessary ASAP.

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This has nothing to do with South Korea pulling out of all defense co-operation with Japan. People who think otherwise are fools. If Japan cannot detect these stealth NK 23 missiles, SK certainly cannot. Japan never needed any defense co-operation with SK. 

Do you have any evidence of this beyond your hypernationalism?

NK has become a high-tech power, which is why it is dangerous. This is why the Summit between PM Abe and Chairman Kim is so necessary ASAP.

So Shin-chan can whine to deaf ears about the Japanese the North Koreans allegedly abducted?

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Admitting that there were some wrongdoings in the past and showing a little more of political will to engage in bilateral talks would have prevented all the fiasco of today. Japan was gaining more in trade with South Korea, more Koreans visited and were planning to visit Japan. They were enjoying a variety of consumer products Japan has to offer despite the Japanese's resistance to buy their neighbor's (electronics and cars among others). Of course there might be some level of competition. But it was suppose to be based on mutual goodwill and understanding.

But no. The Japanese Revisionists in power choose to have a fight with South Korea. For what? To tell South Korea that the honoring of the 1965 agreement, which is viewed by many Koreans as a symbol of military oppression of the late Park Jeong Hee dictatorship and an insult to human rights and democratic principles, is a matter of "trust"? I feel some part of the Japanese society failed to graduate from the Kamikaze mentality of the past. Sometimes their decision-making doesn't make any sense. :)

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This is basically fear mongering at it's best. Really doesn't matter if it can be detected or not, these short range ballistic missiles were designed to avoid detection, that's why they are building these. Korea does have the advantage of having THAAD, but deployment in Japan is coming soon.

And FYI if one does land in Japan, it will be WW3 in that region...

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indier99Today  09:42 am JST

The Japanese Revisionists in power choose to have a fight with South Korea. For what? To tell South Korea that the honoring of the 1965 agreement, which is viewed by many Koreans as a symbol of military oppression of the late Park Jeong Hee dictatorship and an insult to human rights and democratic principles, is a matter of "trust"?

Calling the Japanese revisionists without mentioning how the South Korean government squandered the money given to them by Japan on infrastructure instead of compensating individuals like they should have done? Why leave that out. It would put the last piece in the puzzle as to why Japan grew tired of South Korea's dishonesty after the wartime labour court ruling awarding individuals with compensation, when the South Korean government took the money intended for that purpose in the first place.

It's like revisionism by deceit, isn't it?

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@Ganbare Japan!

If Japan cannot detect these stealth NK 23 missiles, SK certainly cannot.

From this very article.

Seoul's decision to terminate an intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo is also likely to fuel Japan's concerns, as the missiles Japan failed to track were apparently successfully detected by the South Korean military.

@Shin Ra

Korea does have the advantage of having THAAD

THAAD radar has no usefulness for the ROK.

The ROK operates a network of four long-range search radars taking turns to operate 24/7.

To do target search, the THAAD deployment requires two radars, but the THAAD deployment in Korea has only one radar, a fire control radar.

The THAAD deployment in Korea itself relies on the ROK radar feed as the primary warning. The THAAD radar at the THAAD deployment site is for fire control.

Unlike Japan, Korea has build a truly independent missile defense network independent of the US Missile Defense.

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Who in the FK is "sources close to the matter"?

For all it's worth it could be the janitor sweeping the floor of some unrelated radar post in Okinawa.

No mention of who wrote the article.

Sensationalism at it's finest if you ask me.

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Unlike Japan, Korea has build a truly independent missile defense network independent of the US Missile Defense.

Yes, that worked great when NK shelled their island not too long ago...

apparently successfully detected

Article didnt say if it was tracked, just detected...

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Admitting that there were some wrongdoings in the past and showing a little more of political will to engage in bilateral talks would have prevented all the fiasco of today.

They did. They admitted the mistakes, made an official apology, and provided money to rectify it. Korea agreed with them on all of this, and they both agreed it was "final and irreversible", until Korea unilaterally decided it wasn't in fact final, nor in fact was irreversible.

And here we are.

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If only Abe and Kim Jong Un would have a chat to each other.,,

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Well there Is Billions well spent.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Vengeance at its best! Never tells your arch-rival(Japan) any incoming ballistic missiles from North Korea! Let them guess, scares and panic! Brilliant "Moon Jae-In"!

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They did. They admitted the mistakes, made an official apology, and provided money to rectify it. Korea agreed with them on all of this, and they both agreed it was "final and irreversible", until Korea unilaterally decided it wasn't in fact final, nor in fact was irreversible.

heh, I got a -4 for this, but no one actually commented on it.

Sounds like 4 Koreans annoyed that I pointed out how their country destroyed it's reputation by going back on things they explicitly agreed would be 'final'. And 'irreversible'.

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@Hillclimer

You are climbing a wrong hill here.

Calling the Japanese revisionists without mentioning how the South Korean government squandered the money given to them by Japan on infrastructure instead of compensating individuals like they should have done?

That's exactly why the SK government proposed a 1+1+@ with Korean companies and the public money putting their share in the fund.

Why leave that out. It would put the last piece in the puzzle as to why Japan grew tired of South Korea's dishonesty after the wartime labour court ruling awarding individuals with compensation, when the South Korean government took the money intended for that purpose in the first place.

It's like revisionism by deceit, isn't it?

You got tired? Well that makes two of us. Koreans are equally tired of Japanese lethargy in electing a more peace-embracing and economic-growth-driven politicians in power. And the court ruling is not a matter of dishonesty, it is one of interpretation. In case you missed it, we live in the 21st century. :)

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Nice reporting! Good Job notifying NK that the Missile Test was a success, and could not be tracked! SMH.

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It's a shame Japan decided to go against trade rules with regards to South Korea (and claim they did not, then refuse to go to the WTO until maybe recently) over spite about South Korea demanding companies apologize and recompense forced slaves... they could really use the intel from SK, and clearly they are unable to do it themselves.

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It's a shame that Korea ripped op the 'final and irreversible' agreement they made with Japan, unilaterally deciding it was not final, nor irreversible, and put forward nothing in its place, and instead went on to incessantly whine about Japan.

I was in the 'Japan needs to apologize and rectify what they did' camp, until they apologized, and came up with an agreed-upon rectification, only to have Korea suddenly pull the rug out from under it and get angry at Japan for not giving into the demands they have not made.

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North Korea has no intention of attacking Japan, doing so would guarantee its being removed from the world map. They are in a purely defensive posture and fear that the combined forces of Japan, South Korea and the US seek to overrun them. As if anyone would want to occupy a burnt-out husk of a country with a brainwashed, starving population.

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Defense review.

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I find it odd that any South Koreans would be happy to see a missile attack on Japan. Obviously the are not thinking even 2 steps ahead. The short version is: NK attacks Japan, the USA decides to attack NK. South Korea is obliged to support the USA. NK turns all its attention to South Korea. Any South Korean who finds joy in the thought of a NK bomb in Japan is cheering for a devastating war on the Korean peninsula where countless Koreans will die.

Just food for thought.

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elephant200Today  11:42 am JST

Vengeance at its best! Never tells your arch-rival(Japan)

Japan and South Korea are arch-rivals only in the South Korean media. That says everything about their psychological positioning of themselves against Japan and reality (economic ranking, global influence, industrial importance, cutural reach, etc).

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smithinjapanToday  01:01 pm JST

It's a shame Japan decided to go against trade rules with regards to South Korea (and claim they did not, then refuse to go to the WTO until maybe recently) over spite about South Korea demanding companies apologize and recompense forced slaves... they could really use the intel from SK, and clearly they are unable to do it themselves.

I'd only agree with this if I was completely ignorant of the situation from Japan's perspective. The question is, if one was completely unbaised, why would you exclude one side in favour of another?

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indier99Today  12:06 pm JST

inconcequential stuff omitted

And the court ruling is not a matter of dishonesty, it is one of interpretation.

No it's not. The South Korean media are doing their best to cast the non-preferential export processing treatment as a direct disciplinary action to the court ruling. No, Japan removed South Korea from its preferred (trusted) export partner white list because of 156 re-export violations by South Korea to North Korea which Japan requested more information about and South Korea ignored over a 3 year period.

If it's not about dishonesty as you say, why is South Korea not coming forward witht he requested information?

Answer: it will open the door to more South Korean flaunting of sactions against North Korea.

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It’s nice that Japan announces what missiles they can’t track...very cooperative. Who would announce such information, I wonder...

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@Hillclimber

Wrong hill again

No it's not. The South Korean media are doing their best to cast the non-preferential export processing treatment as a direct disciplinary action to the court ruling. No, Japan removed South Korea from its preferred (trusted) export partner white list because of 156 re-export violations by South Korea to North Korea which Japan requested more information about and South Korea ignored over a 3 year period.

If it's not about dishonesty as you say, why is South Korea not coming forward witht he requested information?

Answer: it will open the door to more South Korean flaunting of sactions against North Korea.

FYI, South Korean media are not the only ones questioning Japanese claim.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-16/japan-korea-trade-war-history-and-colonialism/11492558

https://www.nippon.com/en/in-depth/d00509/a-new-phase-in-japanese-south-korean-relations-as-trade-becomes-weapon-in-political-row.html

I'm tired of repeating but the 156 cases of violation are not illegal exports from SK to North Korea. Get your facts straight old man.

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3018360/south-korea-demands-proof-japan-over-accusation-it-violated-un

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how about just ignoring them? if they ever launch anything at Japan it's certain there will be an immediate

response - thats one reason the US forces are here.

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The "problem" is quite easy to explain: SK borders NK and has additionally questionable bases in the Sea of Japan, therefore detecting a rocket launch in NK and to follow its path afterwards is comparatively easy. The problem comes with intercepting the non predictable course and here SK also "apparently" was not successful! Japan faces the additional hurdle not being able to detect a launch directly simply from its distance and not usable own land in the Sea of Japan. Low altitudes combined with irregular trajectories are difficult if not impossible to foresee. So GSOMIA can give radar information from SK to JP but if that doesn't help to defend, then what's the use? Some people apparently cannot understand the difference of detecting and tracking&forecast!

To come back to the political issue here, if JP "begged" SK to have the radar information also in the future, it would mean that SK can get through with any future breach of international binding contracts making them useless and also can broadcast to the world how right they are with everything in bashing Japan. So far SK could manage to persuade other countries or news agencies that the bilateral problems where both somehow SK's and JP's fault while putting the first move to JP although the connoisseur of facts know better. So of course SK has to somehow proudly shout out they could "detect" the missiles. Did they admit of being able to - or rather not being able to also track and forcast the course then? No, it's the same when SK papers jubilated that they won most of the WTO cases vs JP but failed to admit or even mention, that in the end the basic ruling was against them.

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https://news.biglobe.ne.jp/topics/international/0924/12995.html

米韓会談 GSOMIA破棄は言及せず

Trump and Moon did not discuss the GSOMIA termination during their summit in New York.

Trump is willing to overlook the GSOMIA termination as long as Korea buys something from the US in return.

The US won't pressure Korea to restore the GSOMIA, Japan has to do it itself and restore the critical radar feed.

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I wonder how much more money contractors are going to say they need to perfect their faulty tracking systems?

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