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Japan says N Korea still poses serious and imminent threat

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By Toru Yamanaka

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I deal with North Koreans on a regular basis as a volunteer. None have violent intentions towards Japan which I find remarkable considering what Japan did to Korea historically and how Japan treats Koreans to this day. They just want to live in peace and prosper, would like to eliminate the human rights abuses of their regime just like sane Americans wish to eliminate the insanity of their prison system and decent Japanese wish to eliminate human rights abuses in Japan.

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How quickly some people forget that NK is the only country that has lobbed missiles over Japan several times during this peaceful 70 years.

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@ AkieAug. 28  11:11 pm JST thank you !!

Serious and imminent threat ? Since the end of WW2, more than 70 years passed, there has been no wars against Japan, no occupations of Japan, no killings of Japanese people, no burnings of Japanese houses, no control of Japanese govt, where are the threats ? Instead, Japan gets $trillions from Northeast Nations in trade, Japan becomes No3 in the world because of the peaceful neighbourhoods, Japanese movies, arts are anywhere in Northeast Asia, Japanese people travel freely in neighbourhood like family members visiting relatives. Call these are threats ? Honestly ? No lying ?

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Blah blah.  What?  They are going to invade?  Nuke Japan?  fire a few missiles?

Utter scaremongering nonsense.

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Since they are both highly nationalist nations that have a lot of their national identity mixed in with their hatred of Japan, its a scary mix for me.

Is this spoken without the context of Imperial Japan's nationalism and hatred that affected both of those countries?

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Oh no, North Korea has done nothing to make Japan think it is still a threat. Oh, wait...

https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Japan-replaces-U.S.-as-N-Korea's-most-vilified-imperialist-enemy

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Samit Basu: "Can't blame them, they still got scores to settle and Japan has done nothing to apologize."

Exactly! But they would rather claim the anger is unjustified and give Japan the means to repeat what it did before, saying THAT is justified.

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Serious and imminent threat ? Since the end of WW2, more than 70 years passed, there has been no wars against Japan, no occupations of Japan, no killings of Japanese people, no burnings of Japanese houses, no control of Japanese govt, where are the threats ? Instead, Japan gets $trillions from Northeast Nations in trade, Japan becomes No3 in the world because of the peaceful neighbourhoods, Japanese movies, arts are anywhere in Northeast Asia, Japanese people travel freely in neighbourhood like family members visiting relatives. Call these are threats ? Honestly ? No lying ?

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@thepersoniamnow

I am more worried about China and S Korea having internal problems.

Can't blame them, they still got scores to settle and Japan has done nothing to apologize.

Additionally, Japan's throwing gasoline into fire by refusing to return the Diaoyu Islands to the Republic of China as agreed per the terms of surrender, and claiming the Liancourt Rocks.

Hence this can only be settled by war, and things aren't looking so good for Japan if a war was to break out.

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Abe needs his bogey man and the media conveniently plays along.

The biggest threat to Japan is Japan. They are their own worst enemy.

You are probably right, but not in the way I will bet you were thinking. The biggest threat to Japan is the people's complacency and unwillingness to stand up and demand accountability from it's leaders, including Abe.

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NO KIDDING? It's election time, Abe is looking for the fear vote!!

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I am more worried about China and S Korea having internal problems. History tells you that can mean war. Since they are both highly nationalist nations that have a lot of their national identity mixed in with their hatred of Japan, its a scary mix for me.

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Of course N. Korea is still a threat and anyone that thinks otherwise is deluded. Kim Jong Un may have the south and the US convinced he's changed but the reality speaks otherwise. The North continues to build and test weapons of mass destruction, aim them and fire them over Japan and its populated areas, and has no concerns for any possible accidents of loss of life during these tests what so ever.

It is a brutal and wicked regime that cares not for its own or for those of its neighbours and which uses tyrannical means to repress and brainwash its population into thinking the rest of the world is against it!

Japan has every right to defend itself and if that means spending money on a decent defence network then, yes absolutely, of course they should. Those that critique the cost and the outcome of defence projects are  usually the first to complain when the bombs start falling and there is no response. I'm pleased that at least Japan has the sense to see that the charm offensive being conducted by the North is nothing but a sham and con!

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What has really changed? The DPRK still has its missiles and is still making more fissionable material for warheads. Trump is trying to make reality from just his words alone. The DPRK has not stopped making bombs!

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Rght on cue like the good poodles they are. Once the master beys, they simply follow suit. Kim will never meet this dysfunctional excuse of a democracy. It's best for both Koreas to sort everything out. Trumpos simply too dense to grasp something this delicate and abes simply a mindless brown noser.

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Pyongyang continues to post "an unprecedentedly serious and imminent threat to Japan's security

When does an ongoing yet unprecedented threat cease to be 'unprecedented'? Over dramatic much?

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The biggest threat to Japan is Japan. They are their own worst enemy.

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@smithinjapan well said. thank you Of COURSE they are bringing this up today! It was only yesterday Aso, Abe, and other politicians brought up their plan to change the Constitution by the middle of next year; the same people whose families got rich off the backs and deaths of POWs and other forced slaves from Japan's former colonies, who deny any atrocities, including complete denial of Nanjing and sexual slavery, and who have no children of their own to go and die for the nation, falling like cherry blossoms. They also stand to make billions for themselves through defense contracts that depend on such propaganda.

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Why is China also not at the top of the list ?

China has hundreds of missiles aimed at Japan.

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Trying to meet quota on billion dollar flying tin can missile systems are we?

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Blame the pointless Iraq War. The last couple of US administrations were distracted away from the world's greatest risk while the N, Koreans were given even more reason to push on with its nuke program.

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Ministry and Agency always want big budget.

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Yes, more money for my pockets...I love it..but on the flip side, NK has not shown backing down to anyone including Trump and as long as it has missiles capable of hitting Japan it is a big threat. They proved it can hit Japan whenever it wants. If that happened, do people really think that the US would shoot their missiles down or attack them. The answer lies in the truth NO at least not right away and NK can always claim that it was a mistake and apologize under the Russian and Chinese blouse. Japan needs to defend itself period and not wait for the US in reality for an attack strike that would never occur. Augh history has proven that time and time again while the innocents are slaughtered.

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Of COURSE they are bringing this up today! It was only yesterday Aso, Abe, and other politicians brought up their plan to change the Constitution by the middle of next year; the same people whose families got rich off the backs and deaths of POWs and other forced slaves from Japan's former colonies, who deny any atrocities, including complete denial of Nanjing and sexual slavery, and who have no children of their own to go and die for the nation, falling like cherry blossoms. They also stand to make billions for themselves through defense contracts that depend on such propaganda.

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"But we cannot overlook the fact that, even to this day, it possesses and fully deploys several hundred missiles that put nearly all of Japan within range," stressed the minister.

In response, Japan is steadily upgrading its capacity to shield the nation from the North's arsenal, including a plan to spend some $4.2 billion over the next three decades on installing and operating U.S. radar systems.

Any excuse to continue spending billions on defense....at the same time J govt cries poor about not having enough money to spend on social welfare and hence needs to increase sales tax. Yep...average Taro can be relied on to mutter shoo ga nai, bend over some more and yet dully re elect the same LDP dinosaurs that keep screwing him at the next election. Only in Japan...defies belief.

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North Korea still poses a "serious and imminent threat," Japan said

Well of course they did. There's an election coming up.

"If you want to control someone, all you have to do is to make them feel afraid." -Paulo Coelho

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