Militarizing Japan

Michael Feldman mfeldman at mmm.edu
Tue Jul 22 10:49:02 MDT 2003


New York Times
July 22, 2003

Japan Faces Burden: Its Own Defense

By HOWARD W. FRENCH

TOKYO, July 21 - Not long ago, Nisohachi Hyodo, the author of a
four-year plan for nuclear armament of Japan, was part of the lunatic
fringe, his ideas so far from the pacifist mainstream that he was
published only in obscure journals.

These days, though, he has his own program on a major Tokyo radio
station and is a popular speaker on college campuses. With everyone from
the academic establishment to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
advocating that Japan become more assertive militarily, Mr. Hyodo
scarcely stands out.

More than a half-century after two atomic blasts forced Japan's
surrender in World War II, talk of acquiring nuclear weapons - long
one of the country's most sacred taboos - is but one illustration of
how Japan is grappling openly with the challenge of becoming what is
known here as a "normal nation," one armed and able to fight wars.


http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/22/international/asia/22JAPA.html?th=&pag
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