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“World War II Is Over”

October 19th, 2006 . by Gerry-Bevers

The following op-ed piece in the Washington Post advocates allowing Japan to have nuclear weapons as a means of spurring China to put more pressure on North Korea, but is the United States really preventing Japan from having nukes or is it the Japanese who do not want them?

“World War II Is Over”

I am not sure if it is a good idea for Japan to go nuclear, but I do agree with what the author said about Korea in the last paragraph:

Why are we so intent on denying this stable, reliable, democratic ally the means to help us shoulder the burden in a world where so many other allies — the inveterately appeasing South Koreans most notoriously — insist on the free ride?

4 Responses to ““World War II Is Over””

  1. comment number 1 by: ponta

    Firstly domestically there are stronger opposition for Japan to go nuclear than people outside can imagine.
    Secondly, without nuclear weapon Japan can consistently claim that other countries abandoned nuclear weapon.
    Thirdly, technological feasibility of going nuclear can be a sufficient threat.
    I think Nakagawa, who suggested the discussion on going nuclear, made a good point. :Japan should reserve every option available, but at the same time, he should have made it clear that Japan had no intention to go nuclear sacrificing the good relation with the U.S. ,

  2. comment number 2 by: Darin


    Free ride….. 😉

  3. comment number 3 by: KidfromOhio

    I just wonder…..as much of a bias I am – I remember about two years ago – US asked the korean gov/ for 80 million dollars to move the base in Korea. Next thing you know, what does Donald Rumsfeld do? Removed 1/3 of the troops in South Korea because of fighting two fronts Also stating that in less than 3 years ( or less…do not remember the exact timeline – ) that they will reduce the number of troops stationed in Korea in to half, because of mid-eastern chrisis…

    what is your definition of ‘free ride’ I wonder. I mean….it’s getting ridiculus now, I understand you’re bias ( you know you are. ) but be a little more cleaver…will ya?

  4. comment number 4 by: James


    Last time I checked, Japan was going to pay something in the ballpark of 5 or 6 billion US dollars of the costs of American military base re-alignments. Add the greater % that Japan pays for the normal costs of having American bases in Japan and South Korea’s monetary contributions seem puny in comparison.