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U.S. ambassador thanks Japan for defense upgrade and allowing Patriot missile sale to U.S.

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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More arsenals being bought using Japan's tax payer money more gratitude, that make sense.

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And the very next story....

These Patriots are either going directly to Ukraine or the replace US missiles going to Ukraine.

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Total waste of my money

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A Christmas present to the industrial military complex.

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Pathetic, hypocritical, false and blatant thanks from the Good Old US.. As usual..

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When did the Japanese people vote to change the constitution to allow exporting these weapons?

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U.S. ambassador thanks Japan for defense upgrade

people from Japan never made the order. it is a scam made to justify QE and new debts

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Robbing Peter to give a payoff to Paul.

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Rahm Emanuel, the face of new American Imperialism in Asia.

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happyhereToday 08:32 am JST

When did the Japanese people vote to change the constitution to allow exporting these weapons?

They didn't. Because they don't need to.

The constitution only forbids exporting weapons to countries at war. The US isn't at war with anyone.

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happyhereToday  08:32 am JST

When did the Japanese people vote to change the constitution to allow exporting these weapons?

Read the constition first before posting. There is nothing in it that prohibits exporting weapons.

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La vie douceToday 09:15 am JST

Too bad for the average Japanese Hiroshi taxpayer who has to pay for it.

It's an arms sale, so they quite literally don't have to pay for it.

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In the last two years the global balance of power has shifted towards despotism, autocracy, political totalitarian.

The cost to the world democratic economies will present a harsh realism.

In the latest move, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's government on Friday eased its postwar ban on lethal weapons exports, a move seen as a major break from Japan's postwar self-defense-only principle. It also approved a 16.5% increase in defense spending next year to a record 7.95 trillion-yen ($56 billion) with a focus on missile strike and defense capabilities.

The people of Japan, taxpayers have a choice, support change, the cost of defending oneself must be balanced with the economic need to fully integrate it weapons export manufacturing capacity into its export market.

I cannot imagine, at least 24 months ago, a scenario where the governments of Russia, China, North Korea would threaten another war.

However, their is little doubt such a threat exists, a clear response is required to counter a clear deterioration of trust,

Patriot missile sale to U.S must proceed, make sure the economic return reflects Japan support and commitment.

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thank you, brother in arms ! Japan and America + West stay together firm, strong and always !

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Spend the money in social services to stop all these beastly murders and stuff, rather than buying more military stuff.

The world has gone mad, people go hungry and suffering in countries that spend ridiculous amounts on the military.

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"reform and modernization" he thanks is nothing but constitutional violation and ignoring democratic process.

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falseflagsteveToday  03:30 pm JST

Spend the money in social services to stop all these beastly murders and stuff, rather than buying more military stuff.

The world has gone mad, people go hungry and suffering in countries that spend ridiculous amounts on the military.

Please go give your speech in Russia, China, NKorea, Iran, etc so that we don't have to.

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Putin to Ukraine and Japan: "Defending yourselves against Russian aggression will be considered a provocation!"

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Isabelle

The US isn't at war with anyone.

Surely you are joking.

Why do you think they need to buy Japanese patriot missiles then?

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@ossan

ok it is not in the constitution but it is Japanese law. From wiki:

*the Three Principles on Arms Exports adopted by the National Diet of Japan in 1967 dealing with situations in which arms could not be exported from Japan. The three principles were that arms exports were not allowed to go to*

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3. Countries involved in or likely to be involved in international conflicts

The US is involved in three international conflicts right now.

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happyhereToday 10:46 am JST

The US is involved in three international conflicts right now.

Not based on the number of US casualties.

Why do you think they need to buy Japanese patriot missiles then?

To support Ukraine. Is that so bad?

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Japan first helps Hitler's Germany (1936-1945), supports the United States in the dispute between China and Taiwan, helps Ukraine and Israel with weapons, and then is offended by China for not buying fish from Japan, offended by Russia for not giving them the islands, offended by Qatar that they will introduce an oil imbargo for Japan. Once again, Japan has placed its bets on the wrong people.

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nikToday 12:16 pm JST

then is offended by China for not buying fish from Japan, offended by Russia for not giving them the islands, offended by Qatar that they will introduce an oil imbargo for Japan. Once again, Japan has placed its bets on the wrong people.

The dictatorship cabal does have a few powerful members. This is not Japan's fault.

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