Here's a news report from this morning about demonstrations in China:
This news report is very disturbing. For one, how could so many younger Chinese people even care about this nonsense? And, then, the video showing the Japanese prime minister at a military drill reminds one of the 1930's.
It just goes to show you how insane nationalism makes people. Joe Sobran has great thoughts on that subject.
Is this the kind of sensationalism we have come to expect from the MSM? Well, yes it is.
These sorts of events have our inept Japanese government upset. Actually, I'd imagine that, in many ways, they are happy about these things as it gets the attention of the people off the disastrous condition of the domestic situation and economy.
As Breitbart reports:
Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Sunday the security situation around Japan has become more severe, given North Korea's missile and nuclear developments, as well asChina intensifying its marine activities.
While attending the inspection parade of Ground Self-Defense Force at Asaka base in Tokyo and referring to China's military enhancement, Kan said, "We need to keep a posture that enables us to cope with various situations effectively."
"In order to build a truly effective defense capability, we will compile an outline of a new defense program by the end of the year that will meet future needs," he said.
He also showed willingness to enhance the Japan-U.S. alliance and promote activities to improve international security.
It should come as no surprise that this situation repeats itself in different forms. I have offered a solution that I originally wrote in 2006 and was published on Lew Rockwell. Of course the Japanese prime minister's name has changed but the situation hasn't really basically changed at all.
I stand by these recommendations and think that this is the only way forward for Japan.
Please read it and comment if you agree or disagree:
The Paradox of Japanese Remilitarization
by Mike Rogers
"The basic agreement is expected to alleviate the overcrowding caused by the 470 commercial flights that must take detours around the so-called ‘Yokota RAPCON (Radar Approach Control)’ area each day.
"The Yokota RAPCON covers the airspace above Tokyo and eight prefectures – Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Niigata, Nagano and Shizuoka. The military airspace is 7,000 meters high at its northern part and 3,700 to 5,500 meters in its southern part near Tokyo.
"Flights bound for western regions, such as Chugoku and Kyushu, have to ascend to avoid entering the banned airspace, while flights originating from those regions must make a detour south of Yokota, according to the transport ministry.
"The agreement, however, will effectively shelve Japan’s request for the complete return of the airspace, which it has been seeking since the 1980s."