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Japan eyes upgrade of 16 airports, ports for possible defense use

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Excellent news for the safety of Japanese. I do hope, however, the declining population can still support a military. It's tough to fly planes and have a decent infantry with no people. By putting the majority of these in Kyushu and Okinawa it is obvious Japan is targeting the CCP and China's belligerence in the Pacific and especially Taiwan. While bases. etc. are great for dilapidated economies like prefectural ones in Kyushu. it seems unfair the poor people will become cannon fodder for the Chinese military. Perhaps conscripted military service for offspring of politicians would make things fairer? Other readers thoughts? Serious replies only.

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This makes perfect sense for a country which has until now relied almost entirely on the US for it's defense for nearly 80 years. The JSDF is no longer a military designed to hold off the enemy for 3 days until the US cavalry arrives.

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Japanese people are going to need to work 8 day weeks to earn enough cash to pay enough tax to fund all this.

War is overrated. It is expensive, takes ages and makes a mess. And the carbon emissions are fearsome.

Don't be the next Ukraine. Just be ready to target the Chinese, Russian or Australian government if you ever need to.

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

The re-militarization of Japan. Good for local municipilaties if many military service personnel move into the areas like they do around bases in the US. Could help stave off countryside depopulation.

They may need to x out the "SD" in JSDF in the near future. Also, start renegotiating with the US to start lowering their US military support $ a bit since Japan is starting to pay a tad more for their own self-defense.

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What an absolute waste of taxpayer money. Spending billions preparing for a war that will never happen. Even if such a war did happen, Japan has the option of relying on the US or ceding a few worthless rocky islands to the attacker.

IMO the government should be doing everything in its power to fund projects that lead to lower prices and sustainability so that people will want to start having kids. People need to be able to actually utilize services that their tax dollars are going towards.

Examples are desalination plants, solar farms, nuclear power plants, hydroelectric plants, automation in warehouses, automated shipping services, automated grocery services, and so on and so on.

Imagine if the government put as much funding into public services that people could ACTUALLY use. Imagine if your electric and water bills were 0 yen and your grocery bills were slashed by 30% due to AI-driven supply trucks. People would actually start having babies again.

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Simply one more step for the US to use Japan as a springboard for aggression against China. On the flip side it also increases the number of potential military targets inside Japan in the event of major hostilities.

It's sad that these fundamental changes are being done without robust, open debate in the Diet.

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War is overrated. It is expensive, takes ages and makes a mess. And the carbon emissions are fearsome.

Good, now go tell that to Putin, Kim Jong-Fat or any other commie dragging the entire human race, none of this would be needed if we didn't have the 3 red thugs on our doorstep

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Au contraire, it is the USA which has militarized the region since the Korean War.

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

The architects of this continual ratcheting up of war talk and expenditure on the instruments of war have embraced the MAD doctrine and made it their own.

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deanzaZZRToday 12:29 pm JST

Au contraire, it is the USA which has militarized the region since the Korean War.

Perhaps that is because a million man army has to be kept in its containment zone.

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Au contraire, it is the USA which has militarized the region since the Korean War.

Not really true is it. The US has maintained its presence, even reduced to a degree on forces in the region at the end of the Korean conflict. In the past decade or so it has been all China who has engaged in a massive military buildup and begun an arms race all through the region by claiming territory that is not China's to claim. Forcing the birth of new alliances to oppose Chinese ambitions through the region.

Blame the US all you like but it is the main reason you and your family has enjoyed peace and stability, even though you seem eager to be under the boot of the CCP, lose your freedom to dissent when you dont like something, and have much less freedom than you enjoy right now.

Talking out against the CCP as you do almost daily against the LDP policies and decisions would see you locked up and re-educated. So enjoy your freedom to speak your mind. If you get your way you may just lose that forever.

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Good.

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deanzaZZR

Thanks for contributing to our presence in Japan through the taxes you pay.

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This fragile country where low food self sufficiency and depending even daily necessities on import from neighbouring "enemy" country, but its corrupted government's "national security" is obsessed with delusion as if military can solve everything as same as prewar militarism regime.

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Expansion of military use to private facilities is equal to increase risk that places where many citizens living will be targeted when wartime. But no even explanation to citizen, no deliberation at the Diet, no domestic major media report its risk.

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The surest way to prevent a war is to be prepared to fight for one's own defense.

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While bases. etc. are great for dilapidated economies like prefectural ones in Kyushu. it seems unfair the poor people will become cannon fodder for the Chinese military. 

Fukuoka is not a dilapidated economy - thriving would be a better word. And nobody wants a potential bombing target in their backyard, whatever the economy.

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And, who will make money from taxes will be constructors who had donated to LDP politicians.

Even "national defense" is mere one of pretext.

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Yes, that's good news in our new global system war era. They can also feel free to mount a heavy MG or air defense system on my veranda as a preparation for the case of cases. You never know what comes next on this crazy planet.

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That's great !

However there's only 3000 Japanese troops deployed to defend the country is a bit pathetic

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