Tokyo’s governor Shintaro Ishihara has taken a break from bashing manga to stress the need for Japan to become a military state and to develop its own nuclear arsenal, lest it be torn apart by wicked foreigners.
He made his statements in a recent press conference:
“If Japan doesn’t become a powerful military state it will certainly lose all standing in the world.”
Alluding to President Obama’s supposed desire for a nuclear free world, he responds that Japan should have its own nuclear arsenal:
“Japan should pursue them. If we wanted to we could have as many as we like. We have a mountain of plutonium.”
He also proposes that Japan should use its space program to develop missiles of its own.
Though he may be a crazed far right xenophobe addled by senility, it is hard to deny the fundamental strategic logic of his position (even if it is simply stating the obvious):
“Japan is the only nation in the world to be so closely surrounded by hostile nuclear powers intent on seizing its territory; North Korea, China and Russia have all made or are intent on assailing Japan.
We must consider how to oppose these powers. This is no longer an age where economic power alone will suffice.”
Amazingly, 2ch actually appears to be largely against him:
“Shut up already, you old fool!”
“As expected of the great leader the citizens of the capital (those over 40 at any rate) have chosen!”
“Nuclear deterrence is pointless unless you have nuclear subs. America will never let us have them, so end of discussion. You need to consider America making Japan into one of its hypothetical enemies.”
“If he wants a military buildup, let him do it with Tokyo’s money.”
“As expected of his excellency!”
“Did Shintaro’s howling increase the military budget one iota?
Did Shintaro’s racist remarks against foreigners decrease foreign crime at all?
He went on and on about the Olympics but in the end he had no connections and lost the bid.
He’s all talk, he should retire.”
“His arguments are as sound as ever!”
“He’s right though. China, Korea and Russia will all keep coming after Japanese territory unless opposed.”
“This is 2ch but you’re all opposing him!? Dirty left wing spies must be active here…”
“It’s because of all those filthy lolicon.”
“When Argentina invaded the Falklands in 1982, the UK crushed them in short order.
Japan has the Kuriles, Takeshima, the Senkaku isles, Tsushima, Yonagunijima, etc., etc. You have to take care of your own affairs yourself.”
“It’s pointless to have them as such a small nation. With three nukes the country would be done for. It’s best to rely on our American masters to protect us.”
“There is no way America will ever use nukes to save us.”
“They won’t use them for us, but at least they are in the background.”
“People who depend on America will end up in trouble eventually. We have to do something before that…”
“I approve of us becoming a military state!”
“Militaries cost a fortune. Although they can manage it with arms exports…”
“You can’t trust anything this guy has to say. It sounds as if he just says this stuff to drum up support amongst his conservative backers.”
“I support Isihihara!”
“This senile old fool needs to retire as soon as possible.”
“Then go ahead and build nukes in Tokyo! The citizens of the capital will be just fine with that I expect.”
“He’s right. Anyone who disagrees needs to find a successful example of a non-military developed nation to point to!”
“Nuclear arms are a last resort. First we need a normal constitution and a normal military strategy. It’s a miracle we survived this long like this when surrounded by those countries. It’s only thanks to America.”
“I want to know what Ishihara’s definition of ‘military state’ is.”
“There is no way our incompetent government is even up to the task of pursuing a nuclear arsenal. They can’t even manage a nuclear power station. And the people criticising Ishihara are not Japanese! He’s just a hawk.”
“He is no hawk or even a conservative. He’s just full of excuses with no real achievements to his name. I can’t believe there are still idiots who expect anything of this elderly plague which is ruining our nation.”
“This guy wouldn’t last 3 months as PM, would he?”
“The Great Empire of Japan was so much more proficient at statecraft. Japan has been castrated by America and made into a faggot nation – that’s the cause of all this.”
“Hurry up and die you addled old coot.”
“I like his military policies but it was pretty worrying seeing his shaking body on TV.”
“Once America goes bankrupt they’ll not be able to afford a vast military which can defend us. We need to hurry up and rearm before they collapse!”
“Military rule might be preferable to DPJ rule. But I think military types mean military control when they say ‘military state.'”
“Ishihara is no hawk, he’s just a nut. He attacks everything apart from Korea.”
“Those dirty Koreans really hate him! He’s necessary for Japan!”
“Constitutional reform, pachinko bans, nuclear armaments – he advocates it all without actually doing a single thing, that’s Ishihara in a nutshell.”
“I want to ask those Chinese just what merit they think there is in taking over a radioactive little island nation with no natural resources.”
“All these lolicon really hate Ishihara, don’t they?”