Comments on: With a $42 billion defense budget, is Japan a hawk in dove’s clothing? http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/28/with-a-42-billion-defense-budget-is-japan-a-hawk-in-doves-clothing/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: royalcourtier http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/28/with-a-42-billion-defense-budget-is-japan-a-hawk-in-doves-clothing/#comment-1089746 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:05:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39854#comment-1089746 Japan is not a “hawk”. It is entitled to defend itself.

The so-called pacifist constitution is nothing of the sort. It is a single clause inserted by the occupying Americans, in a thoughtless moment. McArthur many times regretted his decision, after North Korea invaded the south. Japan should repeal the clause, and in fact adopt its own constitution, one free from American interference.

Despite most commentators thinking otherwise, Japan’s military is not growing. Its budget and size has been declining for decades. Its budget is the smallest for many years – in fact since the 1950’s. Only if inflation is ignored does Japan have its largest defence budget ever.

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By: LetBalanceCome http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/28/with-a-42-billion-defense-budget-is-japan-a-hawk-in-doves-clothing/#comment-1035951 Mon, 04 May 2015 14:03:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39854#comment-1035951 42 Billion. Wow, we send out that much food stamp and “earned” income credits in one tax season to the Lazy Obama/Oprah generation. Obama already outspent Bush, Alky, where’s your justification for that? There is none.

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By: Jingan http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/28/with-a-42-billion-defense-budget-is-japan-a-hawk-in-doves-clothing/#comment-1035643 Sun, 03 May 2015 15:47:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39854#comment-1035643 Why bother at any tome of the day Japan is in nuclear grip of PRC submarines.

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By: Macedonian http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/28/with-a-42-billion-defense-budget-is-japan-a-hawk-in-doves-clothing/#comment-1026423 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:14:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39854#comment-1026423 Why even bother? Japan is on China’s fart trail and all the Japs can breathe is the smog coming from China.

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By: JBOKeeffe http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/28/with-a-42-billion-defense-budget-is-japan-a-hawk-in-doves-clothing/#comment-1008795 Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:18:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39854#comment-1008795 I agree with Mr. Johnsons’s conclusion that “Japan’s cloak of pacifism has been reduced to little more than a fig leaf.” Notwithstanding any rhetoric towards the current American president’s “Pivot to Asia”, the US military draw-down in the Pacific, particularity shifting US forces from Okinawa to Guam, has forced Japan to focus more keenly on its own defense. And that I believe is the key, as the American trip-wire becomes more thin, the more robust the Japan’s defense forces will become.

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By: BadChicken http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/28/with-a-42-billion-defense-budget-is-japan-a-hawk-in-doves-clothing/#comment-1008391 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 23:09:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39854#comment-1008391 Obviously this is a belated April Fools joke. Japan’s pacifist public with a marginally hawkish government fielding a marginal, token military versus the sheer weight of the Chinese military.

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By: AlkalineState http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/28/with-a-42-billion-defense-budget-is-japan-a-hawk-in-doves-clothing/#comment-1007701 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:11:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39854#comment-1007701 42 billion dollar defense budget. That’s cute. That would have bought about one week in Bush’s 10 year-long boondoggle in Iraq.

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By: jterek http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/28/with-a-42-billion-defense-budget-is-japan-a-hawk-in-doves-clothing/#comment-1005625 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:25:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39854#comment-1005625 Japan needs to play its part in the defense of the region. Japan has a record now of over 40 years of stable democratic government, and I see no reason to believe that allowing them to have a military would mark a “return to militarism”. Concerns over Japan resorting back to its pre-WW2 ways are just as unreasonable as concerns were over German reunification back in 1989. Germany today is no where near its pre-WW2 ways.

Japan does need to do more to acknowledge its guilt for past atrocities, but their reluctance in this regard is in no way indicative of a Japanese return to militarism. The world needs to stop living in the 1930s and needs to realize that countries can and do change. Both Germany and Japan are valuable members of the free world, and they have been so for quite some time. Should we still be concerned over Britain trying to colonize North America again?

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By: WCTopp http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/28/with-a-42-billion-defense-budget-is-japan-a-hawk-in-doves-clothing/#comment-1004953 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:43:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39854#comment-1004953 Reminds me of their research whaling fleet.

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By: ah2588 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/28/with-a-42-billion-defense-budget-is-japan-a-hawk-in-doves-clothing/#comment-1004098 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:28:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39854#comment-1004098 If your neighbor was a hostile North Korea, you would be building up your defenses too. They are only preparing for a possible defense.

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