Friday, August 9, 2013

More lawmakers want Japan to consider nuclear arms option- 毎日jp(毎日新聞)

Views among lawmakers over whether Japan, the only country ever to have suffered an atomic attack, should arm itself with nuclear weapons have been changing over the last few years due in part to concerns over North Korea's nuclear threats and simmering territorial disputes with China and South Korea.

The Mainichi Shimbun has asked candidates in all national elections held since the 2003 House of Representatives election about whether Japan should go nuclear. Twenty-nine percent of the winners in the 2012 House of Representatives election replied to the Mainichi survey that "Depending on the international situation, Japan should consider arming itself with nuclear weapons," a sharp rise from 7 percent of the winners in the 2009 lower house contest. Similarly, 28 percent of the winners in the July 2013 House of Councillors election gave the same reply, up from 18 percent of the winners in the 2010 upper house poll.

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Comment: Danger Will Robinson - Danger!!! Guess I'll have to take back what I said the other day about NOT worrying about the new ship launched by Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force JMSDF...

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