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Critics say Japan overreacting to N Korea rocket launch

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I think its partly a case that Japan wants prove that it is still relevant in E.Asia. In reality, America, China and Russia call the shots when dealing with N.K. For the N.Koreans, sidelining Japan is part of the game.

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We should never trust politicians

Sounds like a mart man. Good advice!

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I don't agree Japan overreacted. The NK leader is a true loon and should be watched very carefully. I'm actually glad Japan has taken a strong defensive position against this nut. He is too close to ignore. It's also a little alarming that all the people interviewed for this article don't give a sh!t. They'll be the first to cry foul when half a mis-launched rocket lands on their house.

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"Terata urged calm."

Japanese tend to "urge" a lot of things.

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But Japan may have painted itself into a corner.

this is one thing Jpn is good at!

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I especially enjoy how the media likes to use both missile and rocket when referring to the equipment which NK is launching. They're firing a rocket to send something into space; it isn't loaded with explosives or a nuclear weapon. China, Japan, Europe, Russia, India and America all launch rockets into space on a regular basis. Should we be preventing another nation from doing so?

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When America and other countries fire rockets into space, they fly over other countries correct? So what is the big deal. If the system launched is well made, it should be no problem. Since they spend no money on food for their people, I would assume the rocket is well made.

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It's a big deal because capability to send something into orbit is the same capability to send a nuke to another country. when the russkies launched sputnik, nobody gave a hoot about getting into space first. It's all about capability. and testing capability is testing capability.

so the u.s. is saying "don't think we're gonna let you develop nukes.." and japan is saying "ahhhh! a rocket!!!!! falling metal!!!!!! ahhhhh!!"

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Japan may "Act-react-overreact"...whatever...so long it is dealt 'locally' and not disturbing U.N.

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If those critics had a missile or missile parts flying over their home then we'll see who's talking.

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Yelnats -- agree. The Bahamas does not go into a panic every time a rocket gets launched from Cape Kennedy. This is typical Japanese over-reaction, fueled by Aso and the LDP wanting desperately to turn public attention away from the crumbling economy.

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It's a perfect plan...

1) allow them to launch a satellite.

2) hack the satellite to show only cooking shows

3) watch NK collapse

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well, there's a reason to over react, NK isn't exactly the most trustworthy. There's a big difference isn't there?

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Badge213:If those critics had a missile or missile parts flying over their home then we'll see who's talking.

There are all sorts of critics though. Not all are saying "nothing to worry about". Some, probably most, are critical about the way Japan is handling this, because they sure can't stop it. Acting like they can is not accomplishing anything for the people who might have something hit their house.

If the government had any concern for those people, they would be securing information from NK about trajectories and such, as well as promises of payment should anything go wrong. Instead, the government seems more interested in using this to sow fear, perhaps in the hope of getting the public to lay down while the government spends more on the military or tries to erase article 9.

Like the old man said: we should never trust politicians.

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Yelnats: When America and other countries fire rockets into space, they fly over other countries correct?

Yes, but I think they travel MUCH HIGHER over other countries than this rocket/missile will over Japan? I don't know. It seem like a key detail these articles never bother to talk about.

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likeitis, good luck at getting NK to agree to payment if there's an acident or getting detailed info beforehand about their launch. I'm sure they are more than willing to help out.

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Finally, a voice of sanity pierces the din. NK has no ability to pose a threat to Japan, and they know it: they've got one land-based shot at military adventure, viable for perhaps a week, before they are scrubbed from the earth. Giving them this attention is exactly what they want.

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Oh...but we can trust an uneducated fisherman. Somebody had to really dig to find this guy so they could write an article.

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I think that Japanese people are ridiculously overreacting about impending rocket or missile of NKorea in April. The most stupid thing is Prime Minister Aso is talking too much about this issue in public. Ministies should do something in more secret. All mass media are also overreacting almost everyday, so then people get worried about it and overreact about it. This is NKorea's conspiracy that they want Japan, SKorea, US,,, to pay much attention to NKorea's missle/rocket technology for selling them to other countries in the future. Yes, this is NKorea's Show/demonstration.

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The Bahamas does not go into a panic every time a rocket gets launched from Cape Kennedy.

But how many times has the USA threatened to turn the Bahamas into smoldering ash? NK says this about Japan in its state-run media about twice a week. When a nuclear-armed country (however doubtful they could get a nuke to work on a missile) that is frequently spouting threats at you shoots a missile, satellite, or even a stuffed chicken over your head, you take heed.

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If your all so scared go home.

Id be more worried about the idiot with the trigger on the patriots.

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Isn't that the story of Japan with anything...overreacting ?

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The old fisherman has it right on the money, as do the people that think it's political grandstanding. It couldn't be clearer that this is a move to both make the LDP seem like they're in control (when they are not, NK is!), and to set up the missile shield, if not test it. The paranoia is absolutely ridiculous.

And just to prove they have no power:

"After initially hinting it might try to shoot down the rocket—which North Korea immediately said would be an act of war—Tokyo backed off. Officials now say they will only respond if fragments from the launch appear to be falling toward Japan."

Of course Japan backed down! Japan is all talk. If they can't just throw money at the problem they have no power. They should never have threatened NKorea because they actually can't do anything about it except get worse threats in return, and hence they looked like the whipped pups they are now. I suppose they were relying on the US to back them up, but...

"South Korea and the United States have said they do not plan any military response, although they are monitoring the situation closely."

THAT is the proper response to this, with a little more security prep. in Japan due to the potential dangers. But the things they are talking about? NOPE. Once again it's Japan overreacting and making things worse.

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knowitall: "When a nuclear-armed country (however doubtful they could get a nuke to work on a missile) that is frequently spouting threats at you shoots a missile, satellite, or even a stuffed chicken over your head, you take heed."

Yes, you TAKE HEED! As in heed one's advice (or threats). You don't 'take heed' by making things worse. Perhaps you meant 'take cover' which is what most politicians seem to be doing as the sky falls.

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knowitall: But how many times has the USA threatened to turn the Bahamas into smoldering ash? NK says this about Japan in its state-run media about twice a week.

How many Soviet missiles did the Bahamas ever host though? The situation would be a lot different if the Bahamas helped an enemy of the U.S.

But I would love to see some proof of the contention that N.K. threatens Japan like this so regularly.

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Hope all goes well for DPRK. These people in adverse conditions, can even hold back the "mighty" USA for decades without being decimated like Iraq or Vietnam.

This test is purely peacefull, those that threaten ie Japan on this occaision are the aggressors. Shame on you Japan.

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Besides the fact the missile launch will track over Japan and 'may' get into trouble I think the main fear of the rest of the world is, what exactly is the payload? It is said to be a satellite, but what for? This loon is demented enough to tell the world it is a satellite and then launch a tomahawk style nuclear missile straight into Tokyo.

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Kim need these for keep the hungry north koreans distracted just as much like the LDP need these distracting us from unemployment and falling salaries. Paranoia is so convenient thing for innepts.

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This loon is demented enough to tell the world it is a satellite and then launch a tomahawk style nuclear missile straight into Tokyo

no he isn't. stop watching Japanese news. Japan would have to be seriously unlucky for the thing to even fail over its territorial waters let alone hit a piece of sovereign dirt. its more likely that it will explode on the launch pad.

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I'd be interested in how the US would react if the missile goes over their precious SOIL instead of Japan! You bet they would shoot down the missile, unimportant if it's a nuke, a satellite or a pot of flowers!

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japan is just being proactive..doing something before a problem comes than dealing with it when it's there...people will always have a say whether japan reacts to NK launching missile or not...you know it's better to be prepared than not.

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smithinjapan> hope u r not a negotiator in yr line of work as you would get royally screwed by the otherside if they even use any kind of strong arm tactic. Don't get me wrong I agree Japan's handling of the matter has been poor (in back-tracking), but it doesn't negate the fact that KIM is a total nut case and is someone that no country/person should ever compromise with. As for the US and SK statements on the situation (monitoring only), what does "monitor" ever do for people who get injured by anything to do with the launch? Are you implying that the J govn't should also just "monitor"?

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Really Japanese bashers comes in all flavours. Take a bow to lil kim is a sure sign.

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What'd I tell ya? What'd I tell ya? The Americans and the Japanese have both backed away from any talk of a shootdown. Fact: they couldn't shoot it down if they wanted to and NK knows it. The trouble with talking about ICBMs is that so few people understand them. Even if North Korea has nuclear weapons, they wouldn't have miniaturized them enough to launch on a missile. What's more, ICBMs go to space, then the nuke comes back down into earth's atmosphere. Without a re-entry vehicle the nuke burns up. The re-entry vehicle is more difficult to design than the rocket. America's secretary of defence admitted NK is not capable of hitting N.A. with this or any other rocket.

I do love reading some of the comments made by the JT brain trust.

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NK is playing Japan like a drum. The stupid LDP is revving up the NKH propaganda machine to try to scare voters. Its stupid as the farmer up there knows.

Now if NK were to launch the kidnapped folks from the 1970s into space, that would be a real matter to address . .the LDP could bring back PM Beautiful Japan Abe for that one since he made up this issue for the gullible.

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The wise old fisherman's statement should go down in history, however let me add something which I feel. "WE SHOULD NEVER TRUST(JAPANESE) POLITICIANS."

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Hope all goes well for DPRK. These people in adverse conditions, can even hold back the "mighty" USA for decades without being decimated like Iraq or Vietnam. This test is purely peacefull, those that threaten ie Japan on this occaision are the aggressors. Shame on you Japan.

I've heard it all now. These people are in adverse conditions thanks to their beloved leader who has fallen out with the rest of the world and yet lives in selfish luxury, whilst his fellow countrymen suffer. This test is purely peaceful ? Since when was a missile (which is not the first one they have test-fired) peaceful ! Hope it all goes well for the DPRK ? Hope all what goes well ? You mean their aggressive missile test ?

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Now if NK were to launch the kidnapped folks from the 1970s into space, that would be a real matter to address

Your poor attempt at humour is way below the belt. That issue is not funny and is heartbreaking for the families who had their children snatched away never to be seen again. I don't see how any normal person can make a joke out of that ?

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Considering how well Kim's rockets have worked in the past I would say Japan isn't over reacting. I'd give it a 50% chance that the rocket misfires and lands in the Sea of Japan. That said the fisherman who says never trust politicians certainly has it right.

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At the G-20 summit in London, Obama and South Korean President Lee issued a statement agreeing on "a stern, united response from the international community if North Korea launches a long-range rocket.

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I'm more concerned about what government of Japan is worried about if failing patriot missile interceptors.

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" Japan has twice tested its ship-to-air interceptors, but has succeeded only once "

still a better track record than our Star war defense. What a monumental waste of time and money. Like the Talibans are going to launch intercontinental missles at us . Proper tools for the job. BUY MORE HELICOPTERS PREDATORS . Time to bury Reagan's legacy.

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If a chunk of that rocket falls on a populated area of Japan, killing or harming hundreds of people, no one will say that Japan is overreacting.

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Randomly pick an adult from the public to be JP primer could do better job than Aso, who just took use of this issue to be his performing stage too much! I do believe he just hope the missel really hit somewhere JP.

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I think Japan should be concerned about this. NK is right over "there," isn't it? I know my sub-standard American education has been sub-standard, but I do remember that Japan is close to Korea. Send NK an email saying, "Let's not be shooting stuff in our direction. If you do, we're going to have to take appropriate measures." In a nutshell.

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If they didn't do a lot and something did happen there would be plenty of criticism too. Besides, this is good practice. At the rate NK is going a real missile launch against Japan might happen. Can't blame anybody for practicing preparedness when you are dealing with a madman.

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Only a person living in Japan, or perhaps more specifically, under the flight path is qualified to decide whether Japan is "over" reacting or not. The other nations are "observing" aren't in the missle's path.

""WE SHOULD NEVER TRUST(JAPANESE) POLITICIANS." Marion-The correct term is (ANY) politicians, irrespective of what country.

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How to stop another NK missile from getting launched over Japan: Stop playing pachinko.

A good amount of pachinko profits get funneled directly to NK by those wackjob NK sympathizers.

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"The Bahamas does not go into a panic every time a rocket gets launched from Cape Kennedy."

That's only because the US doesn't threaten to attack and invade other countries... and er, um. Oh, yes it does... Hmmmmm, what is the difference between NK and the US then? I know, one of them no longer has a loonie for a leader.

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Nice specious moral relativism you're engaging in, MeanRingo. What bravery to equate my nation, the USA, w/ the starving, nationwide gulag known as the DPRK. I guess you thought GWB was Hitler too. No, the people of the Bahamas don't fear rocket launches from Florida; they never have had a reason to.

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"Many in Japan are beginning to wonder if the tough talk was more political grandstanding than substance." At last, some people are getting tired of the LDP=induced hysteria. I would have used a more earthy expression than "grandstanding."

And it is a fact that everyone else tests rockets in the the general area of Japan without generating this fuss.

What is so funny is how the Japanese government backed off about shooting the rocket down when North Korea told them correctly that this would be an act of war. Now they are just planning to shoot down debris, a feat even Annie Oaklie wouldn't try. What the SDP ought to do instead is to stretch long nets all around Japan to catch the rocket's boosters if they fall down. Anyway, don't shoot at boosters; they charge when they are wounded.

The worst thing I can say about this launch is what I can say about all such launches. Their boosters cause environmental damage. But the LDP's hysteria generation over this launch is also a dangerous form of pollution. Those idiots nearly got Japan into a war or close to a war over this matter.

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Critics are idiots - Japan should not permit flights over it&s own teritory PERIOD. They are not overreacting, having in mind the history of North Korea, ruled by a mind deranged person.

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Those idiots nearly got Japan into a war or close to a war over this >matter.

Yes, I agree it's a shame that Japan won't let North Korea start a war with them so that the US-Jpn Mutual Defense Treaty can kick in and we could legally wipe this garbage pile of a country off the face of this earth once and for all.

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I'd agree about LDP's over reaction on north korea's missle test. however, all over world is focusing on today's afternoon 12:00 PM missle test. which is more smarter dprk or Japan ?

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“Sueko Meguro, 59, the owner of a local noodle shop”

“fisherman Masami Fujiwara”

“Akita Gov Sukeshiro Terata urged calm. He said the possibility of a launch failure that would send debris falling toward Japan was “one in a million.”

“Takao Toshikawa, an independent political analyst. “Japan is overreacting.”

“If Japan fails an intercepting attempt, it would be a serious setback for the country’s defence policy, because people would think the costly missile defence system is not reliable,” said Minoru Morita, another political analyst.”

There you go, that’s the core of this trashy little tale, not much is it? One person’s opinion backed up by quotes that back it up & nothing more. There isn’t a person on this site that couldn’t do as well as this if not better & yet so many of you just can’t resist taking the bait (bate?) & expressing your opinion that Japan (as always) have got it all wrong. smithinjapan will jump on any bandwagon that is negative about Japan to such a degree that even he must realise that he is becoming a JT comic act. ClassWarUK is noting more than yet another personification of Afl Garrnet & I’m surprised nobody noticed. TheMarion has again managed to get somebody to help him up on to his soapbox to comment on the wrong thread, again. All the usual suspects out to prove that they & they alone can show the world how clever they are at proving Japan is a bad place populated with mad, bad or dangerous to know people.

Sometime in the next few days a country governed (controlled) by a group of lunatics is going to fire a large missile or possible rocket (not that there is all that much difference) over Honshu, it might work perfectly & then again it might just crash into Japan. Now the US & other sane countries that fire rockets normally have destruct mechanisms so that should things go wrong they can destroy the rocket in flight & avoid harm to the people of, say, the Bahamas for example. Which might to some degree explain why the people of the Bahamas don’t get too worried. Nobody is even sure that NK are even capable of getting this thing into space, but of course they will have fitted a self-destruct.

How many of you Japan bashers are going to go the funeral of the noodle shop owner if that thing lands on his shop? How many of you will even think to come on here & say sorry for YOUR over the top comments about Japan over reacting? Most will hope that the rest of us have short memories, some might change their names, again, but not one of you will say sorry.

Have any of you given any thought to the idea that Japan wasn’t frightened to try & shoot this thing down if they could? Have you thought that maybe the US put pressure on Japan to back down because the US (backed up by South Korea) didn’t want the risk of another war that they don’t have the manpower to deal with? No of course not, so many of you are American & can’t see the faults in your country, especially when you have good old Japan to kick around.

kanadamanada called you the JT brains trust in sarcasm but I am too tired of the ridiculous waffle to be sarcastic. None of you are Japanese, it isn’t your country & your people that are going to be hurt & killed if this thing goes wrong, what do you care, to you it is a game of smart waffle to prove how clever you are. So smart wafflers answer me this. What if that rocket/missile does crash down on a Japanese city, are you going to go on saying Japan over reacted, are you going to go on appeasing NK the idiot child of Asia? How many of you will stay in Japan if war is declared & how many of you will run off home as fast as your legs can carry you? Half my family are Japanese & as strange as they can sometimes be they are my family, they are people I love. And that is what we should be really looking at. These are not THE JAPANESE, they are people just like you & I. They can be infuriating, stupid, funny, generous, difficult & all the things that the people in our home countries can be. You are not superior beings & they are not inferior & the fact that you act as if you are shows you for what you are.

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America, China, USSR, South Korea or the UK would never let another country fire a missle over them and do nothing. No response is weakness.

BlackBlack

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