Call me the Mocketeer! The Mocket Man!

April 3, 2009

Here we have this rich guy in Japan who spent $350,000 on mock missiles to act as a “deterrent” against a possible rocket incursion from North Korea.

I’ll let that sink in for a minute. His mock missiles are supposed to deter real ones.

Now, I don’t claim to be a brilliant strategist, but I’m pretty sure in the big arms build-up game, the word “mock” should NOT figure prominently inĀ  your boasts.

It gets worse. Since his missiles don’t really do anything, then all he has is the element of surprise, right? But he goes out and invites the media to his mock site in a small town in northern Japan, so now everybody in the world says, “Goshogawara? Sure, that’s where those mock misslies are!”

So when the real North Korean rockets zoom overhead, this dude is really going to wish he had spent his $350,000 on a shelter or an escort service or something like that, right?

But wait! What if this guy is smarter than he looks? What if his missiles are REAL, and he’s just spreading a lie so the North Koreans will think it’s safe to shoot their rockets right over Goshogawara, and when they do, BAMMO! It’s brilliant!

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Hideyoshi Hashiba, owner of Hashiba corporate group, poses in front of mock ground-to-air guided missiles at his private ground in Goshogawara, northern Japan, April 3, 2009. Hashiba said he made 14 mock missiles, costing 35,000,000 yen ($349,985), as a deterrent against a possible rocket incursion from North Korea.

REUTERS photos by Toru Hanai

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…and when a real missile launch is detected, a mock siren sounds. Then smoke pours out of the mock missiles as they launch in response. Just as they reach their mock detonation, a flag pops out of the nose of the mock missile that says “BANG!”

Silly man! The lengths people will go to for a laugh…

Posted by K | Report as abusive

Mr Bob,

As you might know, the North Koreans take everything as an insult.

I believe that they will send over many fake ICBMs to fake take out this threat against their Dear Leader!


Posted by tim | Report as abusive

Wonder if he has a “MOCK” Early warning system too?

Posted by had12mny | Report as abusive

It turns out these rockets are fairly impressive, able to hit a speed of MOCK ONE….

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive


Posted by K | Report as abusive

Congratulations Hideyoshi, you have just shamed every Asian who has ever aced a test, owned a business and worked in a rice field.

Posted by Shaun Merritt | Report as abusive

I guess the old adage is true a fool and his money are soon parted.

Posted by John Doe | Report as abusive