Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara says that Japan should perform simulated nuclear weapons tests to maintain its presence on the world stage. The outspoken 78-year-old governor told a news conference that President Barack Obama's administration has been conducting subcritical nuclear tests and computer simulations since 2010, after Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for his commitment to non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
"Japan should do something similar to those simulations," Ishihara told the press. "Japan needs to send a message that it could possess nuclear weapons any time. We have a huge stockpile of plutonium.
"If we don't show more military force, we'll definitely lose our presence on the world stage," he continued. "The U.S. is developing other weapons too, some of which rely on satellite positioning technology developed by Japan. We should consider developing weapons like that."
Subcritical nuclear tests are a component of the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration's Stockpile Stewardship Management Program (SSMP) and are intended to show whether nuclear weapons components such as plutonium and uranium will develop problems or degrade as they age. The blasts do not produce nuclear chain-reactions. They are called "subcritical" because they never reach "critical mass.© Japan Today