Let me start here by posting a comment I had made previously to James-
"We are supposed to believe that Japan has abstained from nuclear weapons...
Given that they are occupied by the US, for all intents and purposes.
I am having some serious doubts, serious doubts that Japan actually has no nukes.
I am actually starting to think they do and they are on the US bases.
In otherwords, Japan has the nuclear power plants to enable the manufacture of nuclear bombs that are present in Japan.
it is just a thought, but, one I have been tossing around in the brain for a while now."
As I have been following Fukushima and reading and listening to more information on nuclear power, then I ever thought I would. One common point kept coming up over and over and over.
That is the intimate link between nuclear power and the nuclear weapons industry.
They are fingers on the same hand.
I mean it is NOT a coincidence that GE designs and builds the reactors, is also a weapons maker. They also control a major chunk of media, but, I digress.
So how is it practical or logical that Japan, a nation chock full of nuclear power plants in a seismically active area (defying all common sense) does not have nuclear weapons?
I was starting to have some serious doubts about that piece of fiction!
Then Baphonet, leaves a link, to a really interesting piece. Thanks Baphonet!
Is Japan's Elite Hiding A Weapons Program Inside Nuclear Plants? (linked to the original source)
Very interesting reading-
Kishi secretly negotiated a deal with the White House to permit the U.S. military to store atomic bombs in Okinawa and Atsugi naval air station outside Tokyo. (Marine corporal Lee Harvey Oswald served as a guard inside Atsugi's underground warhead armory.) In exchange, the U.S. gave the nod for Japan to pursue a "civilian" nuclear program.
Briefly- I went to check out this reference to Lee Harvey Oswald and Atsugi. I came across this video, covering a book written on the subject.
There is also an additional book available Atsugi Assassins
It has been written that Atsugi was home to the U-2 spy plane.
It was also home to a secret covert nuclear arsenal......
" For instance, few people know that Oswald's Marine squadron was stationed near a top secret atomic bomb facility on the Atsugi Naval Air Field in Japan, which also housed U-2 spy planes. "
As early as the late '50's Japan has been a nuclear/atomic bomb manufacturer. With the blessing of the US, clearly.
Secret diplomacy was required due to the overwhelming sentiment of the Japanese public against nuclear power in the wake of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. Two years ago, a text of the secret agreement was unearthed by Katsuya Okada, foreign minister in the cabinet of the first Democratic Party prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama (who served for nine months from 2009-10).
Many key details were missing from this document, which had been locked inside the Foreign Ministry archives. Retired veteran diplomat Kazuhiko Togo disclosed that the more sensitive matters were contained in brief side letters, some of which were kept in a mansion frequented by Kishi's half-brother, the late Prime Minister Eisaku Sato (who served from 1964-72). Those most important diplomatic notes, Togo added, were removed and subsequently disappeared.
These revelations were considered a major issue in Japan, yet were largely ignored by the Western media. With the Fukushima nuclear plant going up in smoke, the world is now paying the price of that journalistic neglect.
I did find two articles that mention the Japanese media reporting on these documents. Both have to do with the selection of the latest IAEA leader. A Curious selection? Or perhaps a reward? Or perhaps a necessity? One here and another linked below
From July 2009- Amano's election deepens Japan's nuclear paradox
After a long stalemate to choose a successor for outgoing director-general Mohamed ElBaradei, the IAEA's board of governors elected Japanese diplomat Amano Yukiya to the position by a single vote over the requisite two-thirds majority.
A single vote instead of the requisite two thirds majority?
It is particularly ironic that Amano's election immediately followed revelations by former administrative vice minister for foreign affairs Murata Ryohei about the existence of a "secret" pact between the US and Japan permitting the introduction of US nuclear weapons into Japan without prior consultation.
A "single sheet of paper," passed from administrative vice minister to administrative vice minister, which permitted the US to introduce nuclear weapons to Japan without prior consultation with the Japanese government, as was supposed to happen under the terms of a 1960 agreement concluded at the same time as the US-Japan mutual security treaty.
Which ties back into the nuclear program in 1959 and Lee Harvey Oswald.
Clearing the air on the precise nature of the US-Japan nuclear relationship in the past would be an important first step in debating that relationship going forward.
With Amano's timely selection to the IAEA the "air will never be cleared" on the exact nature of the US- Japan mutual security treaty. Nor the nuclear weapons issue.
Amano's selection as IAEA director-general may rule out major changes in Japan's nuclear posture for the duration of his term. It seems to me that it would be difficult for Japan to have the nuclear weapons debate desired by conservatives with a Japanese official the face of the global non-proliferation regime.Really convenient.
No nuclear weapons debate with the selected Japanese diplomat in charge.
If you recall when Fukushima first blew the US sent a military team.
They also sent this interesting bunch.
U.S. Navy team will not participate in actions to stabilize the reactor at Fukushima, but will deal with identification and detection of chemical substances, monitoring the level of radioactivity and decontamination.
U.S. soldiers are not authorized to close in less than 80 kilometers of Fukushima
So they are not there to help with what is going on at Fukushima. Why are they present?
In fact Japan wanted military assistance. Why?
This reporting also piques my interest-
US military in ‘Operation Tomodachi’ (‘Operation Friendship’), emerging on the heels of recent military exercises.
This joint approach was initially envisaged as a response to a military attack on Japan. Instead, natural disaster has brought the two forces together. Although cooperation is strong now, questions arise as to whether the SDF’s attention will turn inward, and away from Operation Tomodachi, and perhaps whether the US will need to take a stronger lead role, which may lead to bilateral friction.
Before you think me daft, you had better think long and hard about the vital geo-strategic positioning of Japan. Vital, to keep North Korea and China on their toes.
While you ponder that thought.. how about this? If Japan was not already a nuclear power what would deter another nation from attack?
Some additional reading here (Thinking of all the plutonium from the nuclear power plants)
Tests were completed, however, to confirm that reactor grade plutonium could be used in a nuclear explosive and is therefore a nonproliferation concern. Some have said the Japanese reactor-grade plutonium would not be fully usable, but the US detonated a reactor-grade plutonium device in 1962
In 1970 US President Richard Nixon agreed to return Okinawa to Japan by 1972. At that time, Nixon pledged to recognize the "particular sentiment of the Japanese people against nuclear weapons" but reserved the right to consult with Tokyo over their reintroduction in an emergency.
This sentence indicates to me that nuclear weapons were definitely present prior to 1972 at Okinawa and that the US reserves the right to "reintroduce" the weapons in the event of an emergency.
On 17 June 1974, Japanese Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata told reporters that "it's certainly the case that Japan has the capability to possess nuclear weapons but has not made them."
Japan would not have material or technological difficulties in making nuclear weapons. Japan has the raw materials, technology, and capital for developing nuclear weapons.
On 31 May 2002, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda became the most senior Tokyo official to publicly discuss Japan's acquisition (production) of nuclear weapons. Fukuda said Japan's peace constitution did not preclude nuclear weapons.
Ambiguity, only rivaled by Israel