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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:28 PM

 

Japanese prime minister says nation needs to expand defense

Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON -- Japan needs to expand its defense budget because of increasing threats in the northeast Asia, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters shortly after meeting with President Obama Friday evening.

"In view of the increasingly severe security environment, Japan is determined to fulfill our responsibilities with the United States," Abe said. Abe met with Obama to talk about several issues and to shore up a security partnership between the two countries.

He said he explained to Obama Japan's need to exercise its right to self defense and to increase its defense budget.

Japan and South Korea, both U.S. allies, have been rattled in recent months by a North Korean testing of long range missiles and a nuclear bomb, weapons North Korea has said are designed to deter the United States.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/02/22/abe-obama-japan-north-korea/1940277/

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UnrepentantLiberal Feb 2013 OP
brentspeak Feb 2013 #1
MrYikes Feb 2013 #2
amandabeech Feb 2013 #4
Spitfire of ATJ Feb 2013 #7
another_liberal Feb 2013 #3
lib2DaBone Feb 2013 #5
amandabeech Feb 2013 #8
Pterodactyl Feb 2013 #6
davidpdx Feb 2013 #9

Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:30 PM

1. Japan: Declining economy and saber-rattling with China

History tells us this isn't a good sign.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:32 PM

2. That is a very carefully worded piece.

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Response to MrYikes (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:32 PM

4. Leads with North Korea, then switches to China for the second third,

then on to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade smashup at the end.

I'd sure like to be a fly on the wall for the Abe-Obama talks.

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 12:48 AM

7. I'd rather hear a meeting of the Trilateral Commission....

Typical history....

England buys tea from India making India the richest country on earth.

Invade and occupy to plunder all that wealth back to England.

Now it's China.

To top it off, there are a LOT of people there. I'm sure there are some who think the world would benefit from fewer people using up it's natural resources. ZPG ain't cuttin' it. We're talking rapid reduction in the billions.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:29 PM

3. Why not?

What could possibly go wrong?

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:57 PM

5. So it comes down to this?

 

Can't blame Japan.. 8 years of war-monger Bush, and now we have wars in 135 countries with no end in sight...

The U.S. foreign Policy is forcing the rest of the world into Military Confrontation as a means to survive.

Whatever happened to our Nobel Peace Prize winners?

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Response to lib2DaBone (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 12:52 AM

8. One of them just announced more troops and drones to Niger.

That's what happened to one of them.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 10:12 PM

6. With the Norks making A-bombs and China increasing in power, defense increases are wise.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 03:30 AM

9. I have no problem with an increase in defensive weapons

The problem would be if they changed their constitution to allow offensive weapons. I think you would see an arms race in Asia between China, North Korea, South Korea, and Japan. So far North Korea's capabilities are pretty weak. We have a pretty good idea what China has and I don't think South Korea has anything other than defensive weapons.

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