Japanese General: “We Must Acquire Nuclear Weapons”


One of Japan’s top generals and the former chief of staff of its air force has used the memorial day of the Hiroshima atomic bombing to hold a lecture in Hiroshima demanding Japan maintain its own nuclear deterrent, lest she be bombed a third time by the likes of China or North Korea.


Lieutenant General (or Air Marshal) Toshio Tamogami gave a lecture to 1300 people on the 64th anniversary of the bombing, advocating a Japanese pursuit of nuclear armaments:

“To avoid being atomic bombed a third time, the normal way of thinking about this is that we should pursue our own nuclear armament.”

Toshio Tamogami himself is no stranger to controversy, having been sacked from his position as chief of staff of the Air Self Defence Force for irritating nearby countries by arguing that Japan should not be considered one of the belligerent nations of WWII.

Hiroshima’s notoriously leftist city administration is unhappy the day’s pacifist theatrics were disturbed by a note of realism, with the mayor having tried to get the lecture date changed “so as not to increase the sadness of the bereaved as they mourn the spirits of the dead.”

Calls for a revision of Japan’s Constitution to allow a more robust ability to defend itself in the face of regional tensions are increasingly heard in the ruling LDP, though for the moment no politicians openly advocate an independent nuclear deterrent.

With North Korea having threatened to kill 40 million Japanese in a nuclear strike, and with the ever increasing military build-up in China, it seems likely that paying billions to maintain American bases in Japan with no absolute guarantee of American intervention will become increasingly hard for Japanese politicians to justify…

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    Comment by an oni mouse
    20:59 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Japan doesn't need nuclear weapons, it just need some WoMD (Weapons of Moe Distraction)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:14 09/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They need loli battle machines.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:56 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh my god, you've just invented a whole new genre of weaponary

    Comment by Schrobby
    21:00 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If not nukes they should build N2 mines.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:27 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why should they process nukes if they already have Evas?

    Comment by Schrobby
    22:35 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nukes/N2s are cheap, evas are expensive.

    Comment by Exitium
    09:27 09/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    From what I hear, even giving an eva a new paint job is expensive as hell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:09 14/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    and you have to contain them using ayanami's sweat.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    all hail luleouch!!!sakuradite is all his!!!>:D fuck im gonna cry watching that anime T.T damn nice story though

    Comment by Anonymous125
    22:15 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What Japan needs is Gundam, and I mean all the Gundams from the first series which is Mobile Suit Gundam series up to the current which is Gundam 00

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:29 20/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    sure spend billions of dollars/yen on suit that might not work as we expect it to and worse if they even make one thats it one because maintaining such machines also require billions. This machine can also be one of the biggest target to smash by tanks that can hide behind houses while this machine can only hide effectively behind skyscrapers .

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    Comment by Riot Gear
    20:08 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish what he really said was: We must acquire nuclear-powered mechas.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:26 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    what they need is emperor lelouch and lots of knightmares and 10 sakuradites :D

    Comment by bakaloid
    00:19 10/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you forgot about the FLEIA

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:13 09/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would they need nukes when they've got all that sakuradite?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:15 09/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    can never be too careful.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 09/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they want nukes then why did they even bother building that gundam?

    Comment by Gunso
    02:06 09/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    as a carrier for nuke arsenal...

    Comment by bakaloid
    00:21 10/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    and as the bearer of Japan's military supremacy...

    Comment by EL Hefe
    02:01 09/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Doesn't he remember the laws the were created by the USA so japan never creates war again they dont even a army any more and any way the usa would defend japan if north korea attacks

    Comment by Naked Snake
    06:02 09/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What the hell are you talking about?America originally said no military , but then said you can have a "self defense force".

    Comment by izo84
    23:32 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ncw in your generals ass!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:10 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nobody will attack you if you own nuclear bombs.

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    Comment by Techeese
    19:31 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    but they will steal it. right under your nose though

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:02 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh gawd...This is how the nuclear apocalypse is gonna start.Anyone ever play Fallout 3?This is evidence that it will happen.Unless there are 0 surviors,and we all get Nuclearly fucked.

    Comment by Waterfall Towers
    14:00 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mankind is prone to tyranny (and submission). We are also S&M enthusiasts at heart. Accept that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:05 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man saying that on the anniversary of history's first nuclear attack. That guy's got balls as big as Selvaria's boobs.

    Comment by lolicon
    13:52 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    all they need is GN drive...

    Comment by Gunso
    13:55 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    me more prefer neutron jammer canceller... hahahah...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:07 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They'll make Gundam .

    Comment by bakaloid
    00:14 10/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    no they'll make macrosses and thus the macross age shall begin. ang macross city will be in Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:48 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Many people don't realize this, Japan is actually the fifth most funded military in the world. It is second in Asia only below China. Japan does not need nukes to defend itself against North Korea. If it wanted to, it can increase its air force capability from defense to more of an attack capacity. I do believe in selective preemptive strike for Japan when dealing with North Korea.

    Building nukes is crazy for Japan, who are they going to lob it at? North Korea? China (especially China) and Russia would have serious issues with a nuke attack so close to their lands. The nuke fallout could even affect South Korea. If Japan ever launches nukes at China, well it would mean total obliteration for Japan when China nukes back. We all know how small and densely populated Japan is.

    When Japan has come clean about its brutal past in WWII and nut jobs like this General aren't in power, then maybe one day, if at all, Japan will be ready for nuclear weapons

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:32 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about no, it's not like America AGREED TO PROTECT YOU.

    Comment by bakaloid
    00:11 10/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they did actually. ^_^

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:06 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Never happen. Developing nuclear weapon alone costs shitload of money. We're not talking about millions of dollars but billions of dollars. Also keeping it functional and SAFE will drag another millions out of budget. Russia keeps only 20% of it's nukes functional, and still plans to scrap most of them, since that simply kills their millitary budget (though they stopped this for now, because of this US missile defence system). And no, few nukes won't do anything more than attract unnessesary attention. They would need at least Israeli-size nuclear pottential (around 80 nukes). I hardly see Japanese goverments wasting such money for some empire-wannabe generels. And, unlike "We are peaceful society, lololol" this is real argument why local hardhead generals won't get these toys for sure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    True. The general probably wants to have nukes to boost his street cred. Just think of South Park's Cartman.

    Besides, there is not much of a reason for N Korea to attack Japan. Japan's economy, though stagnant for quite some time, is still vital for the world. And despite what N Korea says about the capitalist pigs,I bet they are secretly planning to open up.

    Now I only worry about China. Being an important world leader, its time it buckle up and act like a respectable leader instead of being the school bully.

    Comment by bakaloid
    00:18 10/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan is the second richest in the world and is the cradle of the latest tech. If they learn to develop nuclear weapons, think about how much improvement will happen and how much deadlier Japan will be. Also, Japan can spend money if they want to, they're one of the world's leading lenders of money. developing nuclear weapons will not be a problem for them when they have the thing they need, money and brains. Japanese are the most intelligent people in the world, their IQ average for every people is about 110 and they have the money to develop nukes. they can use subs to keep these weapons, just like the US trident subs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:57 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see why not. I mean, they say it's gonna be for deterrent purposes. What makes Japan different from any other countries anyway? I mean, aside from the fact that their defeat in World War II has made them into a country that is hell-bent on selling us the latest iteration of Sony and Nintendo's latest console?

    Comment by Sarkhan Vol
    15:48 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They have no place to hide their missile silos. With MIRVs a single missile can carry up to 12 warheads. If a nation intends to do so, they can carpet bomb Japan with just a few missiles. It is quite unlikely that their nuclear launching infrastructures would survive if the attack is not apprehended before hand. By stationing them in submarines would theoretically allow for a second strike but it's a big if, and Japan would be inevitably destroyed anyways. Small nations aren't meant for nukes(with Israel being an exception, well they're Jews).

    Comment by bakaloid
    00:06 10/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually. I think the launch sites will be immune to nuclear attacks. that's how the Us works. Their silos are underground are actually housing hundreds of ICBMs, there are about a thousand silos spread in USA and can be moved from one place to another in case that some of the silos get affected even though they were built to resist nuclear strikes. I think Japan would do the same.

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    15:54 08/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quoting Fallout 3: War... war never changes.

    Or is it even more direct to the point to say: Humans... humans never changes.

    The world turns and spins and always ends up in the same place.

    It's pretty simple: Human stupidity will never cease to exist, it's proven humanity never learn from it's mistakes, so it's innevitable that one day we'll end up being the cause of our own extinction.

    We create weapons with the potential to destroy Earth thousands of time over, but we claim it's for our own protection.

    Innevitably, one day, one of those weapons will end up falling in wrong hands, they will be used, and we will all be screwed by them, because of a very simple fact: BECAUSE THEY EXIST.

    Unfortunately, with warmongers like Bush and this guy, there's no other way for them to learn how bad having nuclear weapons is other than they experiencing an attack of said weapons themselves.

    And humanity, as history passes and people forgets about WWII will end up needing another war to remember how bad things get.

    The only question is: Will Earth survive WWIII? Will humanity survive? And do our kind really deserves to?

    Comment by M
    04:20 10/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nukes are crude. They just attract unwanted attention and at most times cause unwanted results. Work on something original and stop copying the world Japan xp

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:05 10/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If anyone bombs our allies (including japan) we will fuck them up! America ain't perfect but when it come's to our allies we don't fuck around.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 12/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan want to bomb US cities as a revenge of Hiroshima.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:10 10/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dear Japan,




    Comment by Exitium
    03:59 10/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean Sincerely, Anonymous. Considering you don't represent the entirety of the USA,just yourself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 10/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hell, he doesn't even represent all the anonymous' so he can just suck himself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:26 23/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think that's really necessary anyway with the American troops stationed there. If they screwed with Japan then America would screw them right back.

    Either way, read the mood. (not that the US ambassador to Japan did such a bang-up job with that subject either)

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    Comment by Ben
    15:31 23/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry, I forgot to login.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:10 08/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    """it seems likely that paying billions to maintain American bases in Japan with no absolute guarantee of American intervention will become increasingly hard for Japanese politicians to justify…"""

    Wait what? I thought they HAD to protect them. Isn't that one of the core values in the US/Japan relationship set up immediately after WWII

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 18/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If ever they build and launched nukes, some country with nukes will launch the double of what Japan had launched. Then he'll realize it's a big mistake to do so.

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