U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, center, poses with Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, left, and Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne before a trilateral meeting at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-la Dialogue, an annual defense and security forum in Asia, Saturday. Photo: AP
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Japan's defense minister backs all U.S. options on N Korea

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Japan's defense minister on Saturday backed the United States using any option to deal with North Korea, including military strikes, and said Tokyo wanted to build a deeper alliance with Washington that could play a regional security role.

Oh, great. Just what the world needs.

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Washington DC is the capital city of Japan and the muppet show in Tokyo is following Ronald mc Donald. Did ever someone ask war NK wants ?

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The same as it's always wanted, I guess. Recognition and credibility. It does have a poor way of going about it, though. Military strikes will benefit nobody. The threat of it will only add to the tension, causing more threats, causing more tension etc..

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Three elite, squinting, reactionary, fake-smiled right-wingers - from increasingly conservative nations - all three of whom would be sheltered from any disastrous fallout should any real or economic conflict ensue. I dont support Chinese militarism in the area, but I equally have no tolerance for this horrible threesome.

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SShes a lawyer she has no opinions

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To quote Winston Churchill "jaw jaw is better than war war," in other words try to come to a peaceful solution or face certain annihilation.

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Tony-

Winston Churchill also said something about Neville Chamberlain who tried to use appeasement (we did that with both Germany and North Korea). Interesting you pick the world leader who was willing to fight instead of talk when he knew talking would go nowhere.

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Tony-

Would you say that to North Korea and make them listen? Can you do that? or can anyone else do that?

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It seems to me that communist China is very responsible for what North Korea has become. And communist Russia. Right, reason with a dictator.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Talking out a problem is always good, but you might as well save your breath to cool your porridge if the other party isn't listening (or keeps shooting missiles your way!).

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Apart from using the U.S. alliance to tackle its belligerent neighbor, Japan also wants the military partnership to exert influence on other parts of Asia, including the highly contested South China Sea, Inada said.

So you have the right to exert your influence on South China Sea, but China don't?

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I was in the U.S. Army stationed on Okinawa in 1968 when the USS Pueblo and it's 83 crew members were taken by North Korea and 1 crew member was killed and the others were tortured for almost a year before the U.S. apologized and secured their release. The USS Pueblo is still in North Korea and is the only ship of the U.S. Navy still on the commissioned roster currently being held captive. At that time all of us on Okinawa thought we were going to war but it did not turn out that way. If the U.S. did not attack N.K at that time before N.K. had all of the capabilities they have now why do people think the U.S. would attack N.K. now when N.K. has nuclear weapons and missiles capable of hitting S.K. and Japan. Also I am not convinced that the U.S. Military actually believes that N.K wants a war. The U.S. Military has a large number of dependents stationed in both S. K. and Japan and I find it hard to believe that the U.S. Military would have so many dependents so close to N.K. if they were really worried about a N.K. attack. If you see the U.S. Military removing their dependents from S.K. and Japan, then it is time to start to worry.

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Obviously, Inada is stupid and what she said is unconstitutional.

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One hesitates to be critical of government leaders who must pioneer the infiltration of women into politics, but I wonder whether the NHK broadcast of Minister Inada's speech was deliberately poor English (to make the opponents of Japan overconfident) or just plain poor English (leaving us all wondering how Japan could ever go to war along with English-speaking allies, who are in no way likely to learn Japanese)!! Of course, as in air-controllers' work, military details must be carefully communicated, I suppose, don't you? I am ignorant of military vocabulary, so not seeking government-leader-teaching work with this comment! I merely point out that our alleged war-preparations for "collective self-defence," said to be coming up if the Constitution is ever changed, are far from done.

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" mulan Today 12:36 am JST

Obviously, Inada is stupid and what she said is unconstitutional."

No it is not unconstitutional. Japan now allows JSDF to support the US and to defend them if they come under attack. She would have to advocate a unilateral attack by Japan on another country to be unconstitutional. Therefore she is not "stupid" which coming from a Disney cartoon character is pretty funny,

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Military alliance means we pay for America and become the prime target for their military stupidity. We will become the first country to be nuked in two separate wars.

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China does not pay for America.

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OK, Inada isn't stupid. She is the greatest defence minister Japan ever has. Japan deserves her.

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