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Japan could send SDF to rescue nationals in Korean crisis: Inada

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It would be convenient for NK to launch a missile a week... within a few weeks they would have none left. As for Ms Inada: quite cute and inspiring.

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"There memories of Japan's brutal colonial occupation from 1910-1945 have hindered relations and the possibility of Japanese troops on its soil would likely cause anger."

AFP with their anti-Japan agenda can't help but ignore the fact that ROK military and JSDF are now working together.

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A bit off topic perhaps, but didn't Inada resign?

Anyway if SK agrees with troop placement I don't see any problems.

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Sure, why not. Others countries have done the same. But please, within acceptable limits.

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anytime Japan talk about military deployment in Asia their neighbors get chilling memories of occupation and forced prostitution. Not to say Korea and China have clean hands, but Japan needs to be a bit more tactful when talking like this. Let the US be your bully, don't do it yourself.

The US being the bully with China is working just fine, China has shut up for now.

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such a dispatch of troops is allowed under Japanese law, which also requires the consent of the related country...

It's a bad idea if the country does NOT try to rescue its own people no matter where they are. As long as you have consent from the related country, I do not see any issue with the idea. It's rather a common sense.

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I do not see any issue with the idea

I do not see issue either, but no need to talk about hypothetic situations when you know its such a sensitive issue

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I see, right on the mark, most if not all people have pushed the school scandal to the history stack. I don't quite understand why anyone still falls for the boogeyman under the covers syndrome!!

This 'threat' serves to promote how macho dear leader is making everyone feel protected all the while not realizing that the long con is to swiftly bring the constitution revision to fruition. What is pathetic is most of the people most surely will succumb to this age old tactic. The student is finally becoming the master.

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Don't worry, Inada will. draft all gaiijjins diisregardig age to place on combat zone. women in ooolffice. She is unfamilliar with equaity.

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There's nothing "bullying" or "insensitive" about evacuating civilians. South Korea would not object.

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As usual, NK is just here to divert public from LDP's scandals.

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South Korea would not object.

If and when Japan is required to evacuate their citizens out of South Korea, there will be NO SK government to object. As for refugees they will be flocking into Japan by the millions in which IF they land ashore to Japan, under the UN war time refugee agreement, Japan has no choice but to take them in and provide shelter. This would be worse then 3.11

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The irritating Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, is correct to point this out, thats rescue though, the constitution is quite clear on this matter, no matter how much Ms Inada thinks or believes otherwise.

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Coming from inada who should have been fired long ago this may not go down well with SKoreans, understandably so.

Before spouting things like this off Japan should try to do some sort of joint conference so people know Japan is working with SKorea not just cherry picking its own. And just how far would they go while doing so.

This would be a lot more sensitive an issue than many seem to think here!

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the constitution is quite clear on this matter, no matter how much Ms Inada thinks or believes otherwise.

I wonder in which part within the constitution you are talking about. To my knowledge I do not believe there is any passage within the present constitution in which Japan cannot help out their own citizens outside the border.

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Hi Triring, Defense Minister Tomomi Inada political views are well known. Ms Inada has been evasive as to the political interpretations of elements within the Japans pacifist constitution. Tomomi Inada has quite openly stated Japan should adopt a less conciliatory view of Japan imperialist history.

Keeping this in mind, the lack, after repeated requests to answer questions in the parliament candidly, Tomomi Inada when refused to elaborate about JS-DF forces engagements in Somalia. I have not suggested that Japan JS-DF cannot help out their citizens outside their border.

My suspicion were aroused with this paragraph...

Inada said such a dispatch of troops is allowed under Japanese law, which also requires the consent of the related country

There is little requirement to reinstate this fact, if there was no future scenario that required JS-DF forces to engage in combat. SK is a ally, however historically the Japan has used force to occupy SK. When making announcements of this nature and high degree of diplomatic sensitivity is necessary.

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I doubt South Korea would agree to having the SDF on their soil. The South Koreans are quite hostile towards Japan and certainly do not behave as an ally. If it all kicks off Japan should not get involved and leave the Koreans to fight it out amongst themselves.

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Scrote: " If it all kicks off Japan should not get involved and leave the Koreans to fight it out amongst themselves."

Of COURSE SK would be hesitant if not flat out refuse the SDF on their soil, and the same has happened with Japan even with AMERICAN troops in disasters, as was seen with the 3/11 disasters in 2011 -- they waited quite a long, and critical time, to allow some troops in to help (there was operation tomodachi, of course). Hell, they still will barely let in international inspectors. Would Japan allow South Korean military to touch down and rescue people? If it became absolutely essential, and likely too late, they would, and I have no doubt that if all possibilities were exhausted so would SK, but they would naturally protest at first. And as for letting hte two Koreas fight it out, wishful (and ignorant) thinking. NK would probably MUCH rather strike Japan, and would definitely try. The only reason the would lay waste to SK first is proximity and the fact that they could do it with conventional weapons and their massive ground forces. Like it or not, Japan would take massive damage in one way or another. Lest we forget NK still has subs, rusty and crappy as they are, that sink state of the art military ships.

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What an interesting thought.

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Triring Today 09:13 am JST "South Korea would not object." If and when Japan is required to evacuate their citizens out of South Korea, there will be NO SK government to object.

Approval from SK as well as the evacuation program itself would take place BEFORE any attack. Nor much point in doing it after.

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There is little requirement to reinstate this fact, if there was no future scenario that required JS-DF forces to engage in combat.

She is not talking about combat it's about Japanese citizens in SK required to evacuate.

Approval from SK as well as the evacuation program itself would take place BEFORE any attack. Nor much point in doing it after.

No she is actually talking about after an attack where all commercial flights had been canceled. There is no need for JSDF to mobilize when commercial flights are still operational.

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Why sent 3 destroyers. Japan is still a SFD, and should be the last force call apon to assist if needed. So why the destroyers instead of evatuion vessals and transport helicopers which the SFD have plenty of. Koreans, have intense dislike for the Japanese. Japan should wait to be asked to help or can say to the Korean that Japan are ready to assist with any NATIONALITY needing evacuation.

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The DDGs are to escort the US CBG to provide another layer of protection in case NK engage against the USN.

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Tiring, I know why the DDGs were sent. I am saying Japan is a SDF and that means to defend it,s Citizens not Allies. I agree with the sending and provide defence but is it internationally legal?

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There are current American plans to attack North Korea. There are no American Fleets off the coast of Korea, in the Japan Sea. The USS Carl Vinson siled in the opposite direction to the Indian Ocean. There are no additional American troops in South Korea or Japan. Families of American personnel in South Korea haven't been evacuated. So it's all a mute point.

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typo: No American plans to attack North Korea.

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Triring, Yes I don't disagree with your point at all, the Government have a duty to it's citizens in SK to evacuate if deemed prudent. I am a concerned that JSDF will get dragged inadvertently into this conflict simple being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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I agree with the sending and provide defence but is it internationally legal?

It's called joint defense and is quite legal and accepted in the international community.

I am a concerned that JSDF will get dragged inadvertently into this conflict simple being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Unfortunately that is within their job description and can't be helped.

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Surely, Inada should be talking about how to defuse the situation not what to do after it?

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Surely, Inada should be talking about how to defuse the situation not what to do after it?

Oh. Didn't you get the memo? This scuffle bodes well with the kaigi thugs. I'm pretty sure she's foaming at the mouth for an outbreak to occur!!

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Surely, Inada should be talking about how to defuse the situation not what to do after it? She is the minister of defense, her role is to ensure security of Japan and has no obligation towards diplomacy, that's Abe & Minister of Foreign Affair's job.

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Except the law maxim, the Constitution, prohibits them from leaving Japanese territories and allows any activity inside it only. Any attempts to overwrite the Constitution that made Japan a prospering and almost upright country is a move towards either totalitarism (see the last century), or dementia.

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Triring Apr. 19 11:31 am JST "Approval from SK as well as the evacuation program itself would take place BEFORE any attack. Not much point in doing it after." No she is actually talking about after an attack where all commercial flights had been canceled. There is no need for JSDF to mobilize when commercial flights are still operational.

Jesus...please get a clue. AFTER an attack there may be no Seoul Airport. JSDF are able to airlift evacuees from alternate locations. Commercial flights will have been cancelled well before actual ostilities broke out. Most of all commercial flights can not accomdate some 60,000 evacuees on short notice.

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I think South Korea is more than capable of evacuating all people. In fact, I think they're better prepared than Japan is. What Japan is proposing is all well and good as long as they get permission from SK. The last time Japan just barged in countries for the sake of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere", they ended up acting worse than the Western colonialists.

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ThePBot Today 02:18 am JST I think South Korea is more than capable of evacuating all people. In fact, I think they're better prepared than Japan is.

Their own people, yes absolutely. Non-South Koreans are a different matter.

What Japan is proposing is all well and good as long as they get permission from SK.

It already says that in the above article.

The last time Japan just barged in countries for the sake of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere", they ended up acting worse than the Western colonialists.

Koreans were Japanese at that time. And this isn't 70 years ago.

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@Naumov Danila

Except the law maxim, the Constitution, prohibits them from leaving Japanese territories and allows any activity inside it only. There is no such passage within the present Japanese constitution that prohibits JSDF from leaving Japanese territory and there are ample examples where JSDF had participated in PKO operations and JS escorts making port calls.

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Their own people, yes absolutely. Non-South Koreans are a different matter.

As if it's really that hard to help evacuate other people. On the other hand, another question keeps popping in my head is "evacuate to where?". NK can pretty much reach anywhere in SK and Japan.

Koreans were Japanese at that time. LOL, yeah right. That excuse again. Ask a Korean if that's true.

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ThePBot Apr. 20 11:33 pm JST "Their own people, yes absolutely. Non-South Koreans are a different matter." As if it's really that hard to help evacuate other people.

Yes it really is. Especially when you are evacating millions of your own nationals. Seoul alone has a population of over 10 million.

On the other hand, another question keeps popping in my head is "evacuate to where?". NK can pretty much reach anywhere in SK and Japan.

Evacuate to areas that are less likely targets. That North Korea's missles can reach anywhere in SK and Japan does not mean that they are not going to be targeting military assets and blowing up everything within range.

Koreans were Japanese at that time. LOL, yeah right. That excuse again. Ask a Korean if that's true. No it's not an "excuse" for anything, it's a FACT. Best look it up if you think it's funny. Ask any educated Korean what citizenship and passports Koreans held from 1910 to 1945.

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Ask any educated Korean what citizenship and passports Koreans held from 1910 to 1945.

Which is your way of saying " all Koreans are uneducated", because we all know they'd never like the annexation, and they'd never consider themselves as Japanese.

Evacuate to areas that are less likely targets. That North Korea's missles can reach anywhere in SK and Japan does not mean that they are not going to be targeting military assets and blowing up everything within range.

Again, there won't be enough time anyways. It'll just take minutes if NK starts launching missiles. Especially when they can successfully miniaturize nuclear warheads.

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