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Japan, U.S., S Korea becoming closer than ever amid N Korean threats

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By Keita Nakamura

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Hope nuclear sharing is on the cards. Only way to pressure China to reign in rocket boy.

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The US brings up the idea of nuclear sharing just to keep Japan from developing its own nuclear weapons. Don’t fall into the US hands.

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North Korea's outpaced missile launching tests may not be so worrisome after all. It may be their way of dismantling and scrapping outdated missiles for new ones. But can't it affect the nation's coffer at all?

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I won't believe this headline unless I see a kiss. Smooch!

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China, Russia and North Korea has Nuclear weapons, Japan needs them as well.

South Korea will have Nuclear weapons in the next 10 years, guaranteed. More then 70% of SKoreans support this move.

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This is good and keep it up. So long as neither side raises any historical grievance, we should be good.

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China, Russia and North Korea has Nuclear weapons, Japan needs them as well.

No, I would argue strongly that Japan doesn't need them. For one thing precision guided munitions have become so precise and hard target penetrator warheads like the BROACH warhead on JASSM/JASSM-ER so effective at busting deeply buried and hardened targets that for nearly any target set conventional munitions are all anyone needs. The rule of thumb in ordnance is to assure destruction of your target you want the blast radius to be at least equal to the circular error probable or CEP, the measure of accuracy of the weapon (a circle in which the weapon has a 50% chance of falling within). Fifty or sixty years ago when weapons had CEPs of hundreds to even thousands of meters, you need a nuclear weapon to achieve a blast radius that big. In WWII a whole B-29 raid, hundreds of aircraft dropping thousands of of unguided free fall bombs from 30,000 feet using an optical bomb site and Kentucky windage aiming at a steel plant (considering the bombs had to be released 10-15 km ahead of the target) might only land one or two right on the intended target. The rest landed elsewhere. In one case the strays obliterated a nuclear research site the Allies had no idea existed, but that is another story. Today, PGMs have CEPs on the order of a meter, give or take. Conventional ordnance is all you need. Today a 125 kg Small Diameter Bomb is used for targets that used to require a 450 kg bomb because SDB is so accurate. Nuclear weapons are basically just terror weapons to hold your enemies cities hostage.

Nuclear weapons are also hideously expensive to make, to maintain and to secure, plus you have to have a very secure, and thus expensive, command and control system to assure weapons are only used with proper authority. Considering Japan's position that kind of money is better spent on missile defenses and airpower in general.

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Hope nuclear sharing is on the cards. Only way to pressure China to reign in rocket boy.

I think if you spend some time reading Kim Jong Un's speeches you will realize the opportunities to negotiate anything with DPRK evaporated after Mr. Kim's last meeting with Mr. Trump. The western press does not cover DPRK very well. They present a cartoon character of the nation and do not delve deeply into their mindset. Fortunately a few on line journals do, such as 30 North. Reading his speeches he has completely written off engagement with the US, seeing it as a waste of time. Unlike his grandfather and father who were both wary and distrustful of China and Russia and who sought some sort of accommodation with the US as a hedge against what they saw as a China and Russia that could not be fully trusted, Kim Jong Un has come to the opposite conclusion that he is better off closely allied to China and Russia at this point.

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That is until the full assembly of the Korean supreme court orders the liquidation of the seized Japanese assets to pay damages to the forced laborers.(There is no other possible judiciary outcome unless the plaintiffs and defendants reach a voluntary settlement beforehand)

https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXZQOGM110NE0R11C22A1000000/

元徴用工問題、具体策議論なく

韓国最高裁はこの夏、日本企業の資産現金化を一時的に留保した。検討作業に長い時間を費やすことはできない。このため韓国政府は法整備はせずに財団と被告である三菱重工業が民事契約を結ぶ方式を調整している。

調整が難しいのは日本も同じだ。韓国の官民協議会は原告側が望む日本企業の謝罪が必要だと結論づけた。日本側は日韓請求権協定に基づき解決済みとの立場で「企業による謝罪」を拒否する方針だ。

1) Korea insists on an apology from Japanese defendants as the pre-condition of the settlement.

2) Japanese policy is to reject on making such apology.

3) The negotiation falls apart as the Korean government promised to forced laborers on meeting two conditions(Written apology from Japanese defendants and their contribution into the compensation fund).

4) Even if Yoon decides to sell a compromise that fails to meet two conditions, the forced laborers will reject any such compromise and execute the liquidation of seized Japanese assets. Yoon cannot stop the liquidation.

5) Korea and Japan are now at a full diplomatic war, making Xi and Kim happy.

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Should read, “USA weapon dealing gold rush in Japan and SK”.

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I thought the US/Japan relationship was already as strong as it could possibly be. That's what they have been saying for years.

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I won't believe this headline unless I see a kiss. Smooch!

Not just a kiss, but a twist and swirl also.

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I think if you spend some time reading Kim Jong Un's speeches you will realize the opportunities to negotiate anything with DPRK evaporated after Mr. Kim's last meeting with Mr. Trump. The western press does not cover DPRK very well. They present a cartoon character of the nation and do not delve deeply into their mindset.

Their mindset is irrelevant and who says it's the mindset of NK's people?

NK is merely a buffer state propped up by China so that SK isn't on their border. That's all. Kim knows that, all his generals know that. Without the CCP funding them, they're nothing.

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Recognize North Korea. Refrain from the war.

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Japan, U.S., S Korea becoming closer than ever

"It is groundbreaking that the three nations agreed on such a comprehensive security cooperation," said Tsuneo Watanabe,

Bad news indeed for China and North Korea. It remains in their interests for Japan and South Korea to be at each others throat's and to not trust each other. A tighter security relationship is great for freedom and security in the region, something China and North Korea oppose.

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@YGHome3

Recognize North Korea. Refrain from the war.

1) Japan is forbidden from recognizing North Korea thanks to the 1965 treaty.

2) It's unconstitutional for the ROK to recognize North Korea. North Korea doesn't exist, it's merely a communist rebel occupied territory of the ROK according to the ROK constitution.

3) Only the US could, but the US won't.

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Kishida's expression is priceless.

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@Samit Basu

Thank you very much for your reply.

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Everyone wants peace and prosperity, but preparing for war is a prerequisite for peace.

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Everyone wants peace and prosperity, but preparing for war is a prerequisite for peace.

I agree. I am extremely anti-war. But sometimes it's better than the alternative.

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Am more worried that Japan will be attacked by South Korea. There is zero friendship between Japan and Republic of Korea.

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YuriOtaniToday 04:13 am JST

Am more worried that Japan will be attacked by South Korea. There is zero friendship between Japan and Republic of Korea.

You cant be serious? When has South Korea ever just up and attacked anyone? What would attacking Japan get for SK? In today's climate where Japanese security is guaranteed by the US, how would SK think they could get away with it and retain their alliance with their main guarantor of security?

There may be some in SK who have no love for Japan, and the same could be said in reverse. But there is no chance of SK attacking Japan.

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MeiyouwentiNov. 16  07:48 am JST

The US brings up the idea of nuclear sharing just to keep Japan from developing its own nuclear weapons. Don’t fall into the US hands.

Nonsense. Nulear Sharing is a cost effective method for some countries to have nuclear capability without the responsibility and costs involved.

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