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Japan in 1965 sought U.S. nuclear shield versus China

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There it is! All the protesting and Anti-nuke arguments aside. When the chips are down and Japan is threatened, the J-Gov explicitly asked the US in 1965 to use it's Nuclear arsenal while in Japan waters to defend Japan. No wonder its halfway down the page and not headlined. SO shame on the US for using Nuke on Japan, but let Japan get attacked and all bets are off! Nuke-em Sato said. Irradiate their innocent women and children. Destroy their cities. The real truth comes out! Its not ok for ANY REASON to drop Nukes on Japan. BUT its ok to Nuke, Japan's enemies......

Ahhh off come the rose clored glasses!

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Japan’s longest-serving prime minister—a Noble Peace laureate—asked the >U.S. in 1965 to deploy nuclear weapons against China if war broke out >between the Asian rivals

What a rather pointless revelation. In 1965 in the middle of the Cold War we would have used nukes against "Red China" in a heartbeat. Japan didn't have to ask and they probably couldmn't stop us even if they wanted to.

China triggered Japanese and U.S. concerns about the country’s emergence >as a nuclear power after Beijing tested its first atomic bomb on Oct 16, >1964.

China developed, with Soviet Help, nuclear weapons out of fear of the United States.

Japan and China never established diplomatic relations during Sato’s >eight years in office, with Tokyo calling for Beijing to first recognize >Taiwan.

Duh. Every non-Soviet Bloc nation in the world took that position from the end of WWII until the Nixon trip in 1971.

Japan is the only country to have undergone a nuclear attack. The U.S. >dropped separate atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the waning >days of World War II.

True. We also considered plans put forth by Gen. Douglas MacArthur to drop A-bombs on at least 4, yes four, Chinese cities during the Korean War.

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Interesting to hear what the response is going to be about this.

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OssanAmerica: "China developed, with Soviet Help, nuclear weapons out of fear of the United States. "

Wrong! Russia and China's relationship was bad that time. Anyone who understands nuke weapon know that China's nuke use different element and different reaction/production procedure, people said nuke of this way is dirtier because of more gama rays something. anyway, we can always say ...developed with Einstein's help... However, China is the only nuke club member who declares " never be first usage of nuke in any conflict/war." Don't worry, men!

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Good point yosun, by the mid 1960s the Chinese and the Russians were not the best of friends.

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Wrong! Russia and China's relationship was bad that time

Wrong. The relationship between the PRC and USSR deterorated in the late 1960s, ie 1968/69. In the early to mid 60's they were lips abd teeth having both supported Kim Il Sung in the 50s and Ho Chi Min in the 60s.

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OssanAmericaUltra,

It appears that yosun is right, and you are wrong. The Sino-Soviet split started in 1960, with the then Soviet Union withdrawing all of it's specialists that year, including nuclear specialists. This was 4 years before China detonated her first atomic device.

And I quote: "Security disputes—such as the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1958—and economic disagreements—in particular trade and the sudden withdrawal of the Soviet specialists from China in 1960—arose as the consequence of ideological arguments"

http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/i8688.html

And another: 'First, it was known that in July 1960 Moscow had suddenly and unilaterally ordered its experts in China to leave, "within the month."'

https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/kent-csi/docs/v42i5a05p.htm

Read the articles, you will see that the Sino-Soviet split started a decade before the date that you assert.

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Before everybody gets too excited the full comment from Sato said “if Japan was attacked with nuclear arms,”

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20081222TDY01304.htm

“Prime Minister Eisaku Sato asked the United States to immediately use nuclear weapons if Japan was attacked with nuclear arms, according to Japanese diplomatic documents disclosed by the Foreign Ministry on Monday.”

Do some of you ever get the feeling that you are being led by the nose by news stories that miss out those interesting little details that just might stop you from foaming at the mouth?

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Sorry Grafton:

Japantimes trumps ya! "The revelation confirms that Sato, prime minister from 1964 to 1972, distrusted Beijing because he was asking the U.S. to be ready to launch a nuclear first strike"

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20081222a1.html

Fact is: read todays JapanTimes online. There are 3-4 articles related to this topic, and definately worth reading.

And for all the their machinations about being anti-nuke, Sato and LDP in the 1960's was all about preparing for war. Yet here the US gets beat up by the JMedia and some America-bashers for being War Mongers, when it would seem that just like any responsible government that needs to protect its people and plan for the worse, Japan made agreements to protect all our Japanese friends here posting irregardless of what they (JGov) were telling the world and preaching to their children in school.

Sure the US was willing to take the heat and be the bad guy...... So my question is does anyone, any poster past, present or future care to debate the reason why the US Military is here, what its purpose is, and whether their presence was wanted or warranted given this recent revelation. I think not! I guess their hiding in their milk teas.....

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The basis is tricky people. It doesn't change indefinitely.

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VoXman

Good post, close to my own reasoning. Whatever policy a government might have & try to maintain, it would still be extremely irresponsible not to use whatever was possible to protect ones citizens. It is not hypocrisy, it’s planning for a worse case scenario while praying that it never comes to that.

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There it is!

there what is? some justification for an argument in a bar? There is nothing but the obvious here. What are you ranting about anyway and why do you want to rant in the first place?

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quote- 'Japan is the only country to have undergone a nuclear attack. The U.S. dropped separate atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the waning days of World War II.'

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OssanAmerica: "China developed, with Soviet Help, nuclear weapons out of >fear of the United States. " Yosun: Wrong! Russia and China's relationship was bad that time.

"Soviet assistance. Before 1960 direct Soviet military assistance had included the provision of advisors and a vast variety of equipment. Of the assistance provided, most significant to China's future strategic nuclear capability were an experimental nuclear reactor, facilities for processing uranium, a cyclotron, and some equipment for a gaseous diffusions plant."

http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/china/nuke/index.html

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Japan wanted the US to demolish China with the Nuke! What will be the consequence of this revealation? Disaster to Japan!

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Uh, guys, OssanAmerica was right from the start. Just because the Soviets withdrew help while China was making its nukes does not erase the fact that the Soviets did help. And he did not make any claims as to the dates of Soviet help, merely that they helped.

VoXman--All the protesting and Anti-nuke arguments aside. When the chips are down and Japan is threatened, the J-Gov explicitly asked the US in 1965 to use it's Nuclear arsenal while in Japan waters to defend Japan.

You are attributing the secret action of one PM to the whole of Japan and its government and particularly to the nuke protestors! Ridiculous. Did you think the whole of Japan was privy and we are just finding out 43 years later?

Japan in 1965 sought U.S. nuclear shield versus China

JT might be in need of a name change. Something like "Bogus Headline News" or IHMG, "Inaccurate Headline Media Group". What is with you lately?

Its more like "Ex-PM Sato sought U.S. nuke tit-for-tat vs. China in 1965" or "PM sought U.S. nuclear retaliation agreement in 1965"

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