Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Japan decides to start working out again

Japan is an interesting place. Kathy Shaidle once referred to it as "The country that brought us both the Rape of Nanking and Hello Kitty." At any rate, for some time now, I've been wondering just how powerful the Japanese military is. I may be getting the wrong impression from some of the videos I've seen. Japan certainly has enough talent to be a powerful military force — Look what they did 70-some years ago. The question is, to what extent is their self-defense force ready to go. If I were Japan, I'd certainly want to be ready to go, what with enormous China sitting right there, getting pushy about little islands, and at least two Koreas that that could get hostile really quick. And Americans can't depend on Obama to defend them, never mind the Japanese.

Whatever I may think, Japan evidently thinks it needs more than it has. This from Sankaku Complex, a site you have to be careful about visiting, because it has adult pictures on it:

Japan Plans “Marines, Drones & Carriers”

Japan has announced a 5 year plan to rearm itself which sees it acquiring its own marines, drones and F-35s in response to the massive military buildup on the mainland.
Japan’s newly unveiled “national security strategy” (or more accurately, its “beat China by ourselves when the US abandons us” strategy) features a modest 2.6% increase in military spending over the next 5 years compared to the 10% year on year increases China has been busying itself with in recent years.
Of more significance than this paltry increase is what Japan intends to spend it on – for the first time, the self defence forces will establish a unit of marines capable of amphibious assaults on islands, supplemented by drones, stealth fighters in the form of 28 F-35s, and even 17 of the hated Osprey.
The navy also gets two new destroyers and five new subs, and, of course, the rest of its “escort destroyers” – which it surely has no intention of using to launch its new F-35s.
A redeployment of additional Japanese forces from Hokkaido to Okinawa and a promised re-evaluation of the ban on the joint-development and exports of military systems round out the plan.
Notably however, anti-missile systems are absent from the plan, as is a “first-strike” capable force – for now at least.
China as usual consider all this a sign of rampant Japanese nationalism with no possible connection to its own actions:
“Japan’s unreasonable criticism of China’s normal maritime activities and its hyping up of the China threat has hidden political motives.”

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