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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Japan going Nuclear?

I'm not talking power generation.

This is the thought of Tetsuya Kataoka, a Senior Research Fellow, retired, of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

His words:

Vice-President Dick Cheney addressed the problem on NBC`s 'Meet the Press' in 2003: 'It is also more important that our friends in the region deal effectively with (North Korea) ... Japan, for example, may be forced to consider whether or not they want to readdress the nuclear question.' Cheney was referring to President Nixon`s nuclear proposal to Japan back in 1972, which was rejected by Prime Minister Eisaku Sato.

A review of circumstantial evidence since Kyoto leads me to suspect that Bush opened a second front of his own against China by means of a secret proposal while in Kyoto, a proposal that reiterated Cheney`s demarche. A month after the Kyoto meeting, Koizumi`s Foreign Minister Taro Aso declared to his host Dick Cheney, no less, 'Japan must also be nuclear armed.' He could not have made the remark, let alone leak it to the media, idly.

Come to think of it, Koizumi was incredibly jovial after his talk with Bush in Kyoto, too jovial for a man asked merely to make amends with China. With a broad smile, he turned to Bush in the Temple of the Golden Pavilion and quipped, 'Look, the sun is rising.'
That is NOT what is needed right now! I hope he is dead wrong.