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Japan, U.S. admirals say naval cooperation deepening

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What the article does not mention is that China is also participating in these exercises which I find interesting given the current situation.

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“If Japan moves in the direction of collective self-defense, I believe the Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Navy will have an even more cooperative relationship,” Kawano said.

business term : M & A - for that the world will have no objection if it goes well with US-Japan.

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For example, a Japanese ship would be able to legally shoot down a North Korean missile heading for U.S. territory. Japan may not legally do this currently.

I like the part that would have Japan defending the USA lol.

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StormR,

The JMSDF currently fields the SM-3 Balistic Missile Interceptor on some of its AEGIS ships. The next update of this interceptor should be capable of intercepting NK ICBMs launched towards the US, if the AEGIS ship is in the Sea of Japan. There are quite a few JMSDF ships in that area.

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'japan4life' What the article does not mention is that China is also participating in these exercises which I find interesting given the current situation.

I wonder if that means "keep your friends close and your enemies closer" in reference to China being there but for whom does that saying apply?

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And cue in 3..2..1..

China's petulant response.

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What happened to "Remeber Pearly Harbour"?? Oh, wait, these are mature countries, not like China.

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Time changed and Pearly Harbor become just a touristic place like Okinawa.

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My take on the Chinese invitation to the naval exercise was to give them a first hand look at what they would have to encounter if they were foolish enough to do so.

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I think these joint naval excercises are just a bit of good fun. It's a chance for the admirals to show off their latest toys. I really like the custom bobblehead of the admiral which you can see on the desk if you look closely.

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I'm sorry, I couldn't help but chuckle at "Pearly Harbour". It's good to see coalition forces training together and increasing their joint effectiveness. It is interesting how nothing is mentioned of China's involvement.

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Gee. I wonder why....

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Just copied and pasting.

This years RIMPAC participants: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Thailand was uninvited from the exercise following a May 22 military coup. Thailand's absence means 22 nations will participate in RIMPAC instead of the 23 that had been advertised. This years exercise will involve 55 vessels, more than 200 aircraft and some 25,000 personnel.

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Next stop for Abe: "reinterpreting" the postwar "tradition" of keeping Japan's defense spending limited to 1% of total GDP. That should be easy, since it's not a constitutional question and Abe seems content to pay for all his spending priorities by simply printing new money...

The key is replicating what the US military industrial complex does in the US-namely, ensuring that any new weapons systems built domestically will require components manufactured in every single prefecture in the nation. That way, there'll be no talk of cuts to the military spending without screams from every constituency and elected official in the entire country! Smart, right?

As for "Remember Pearl Harbor," that was surreptitiously chiseled into the dentures Japan's wartime leader Tojo Hideki wore while he awaited execution in prison. Supposedly they caused the poor militarist much personal discomfort. Surely you've heard the story?

http://newsok.com/retired-dentist-recalls-treating-infamous-patient/article/3699998

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