POST-FUKUSHIMA: JAPAN TURNS OVER WEAPONS GRADE FISSIONABLE MATERIAL TO ...March 30, 2014
Many of you have been following the continued story of the Fukushima tragedy and its ongoing aftermath, and most of this story has concerned itself with the continued spewing of radioactivity at the site. Sadly, it is a story that has dropped off the radar of the western lamestream media presstitutes.
But there is another story related to the Fukushima tragedy, and it is best to review it here before we get to today's article and comment.
At the time of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that led to the disasters at the Tepco nuclear power plant, and for a short period of time thereafter, I and many others on the internet were hypothesizing that (1) the earthquake and tsunami were not natural but have been deliberately engineered, and that (2) it was possible that Japan had been engaged in a vast and covert nuclear(and probably thermonuclear) armaments program.
Now, with respect to the idea of a covert nuclear (and probably thermonuclear) weapons program on Japan's part, this story recently appeared, and it's worth pondering very carefully in terms of its geopolitical implications, especially against the backdrop of comments we made on last Thursday's News and Views from the Nefarium, March 27, 2014:
I want to draw your attention in particular to the following statements:
- "Japan will announce Monday that it will turn over to Washington more than 700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium and a large quantity of highly enriched uranium, a decades-old research stockpile that is large enough to build dozens of nuclear weapons, according to U.S. and Japanese officials."(emphasis added)
- "For years these stores of weapons-grade material were not a secret, but were lightly guarded at best; a reporter for The New York Times who visited the main storage site at Tokaimura in the early 1990s found unarmed guards and a site less well protected than many banks. While security has improved, the stores have long been considered vulnerable."(emphasis added)
- "At various moments right-wing politicians in Japan have referred to the stockpile as a deterrent, suggesting that it was useful to have material so that the world knows Japan, with its advanced technological acumen, could easily fashion it into weapons."
- "The nuclear fuel being turned over to the United States, which is of American and British origin, is a fraction of Japan’s overall stockpile. Japan has more than 9 tons of plutonium stored in various locations, and in the fall it is scheduled to open a new nuclear fuel plant that could produce many tons more every year. U.S. officials have been quietly pressing Japan to abandon the program, arguing that the material is insufficiently protected even though much of it is in a form that would be significantly more difficult to use in a weapon than the supplies being sent to the United States."(emphasis added)
These are significant statements and revelations, and it's best to begin with numbers 3 and 4 first: many years ago, during one of North Korea's typical saber-rattlings, that nation's notoriously corrupt leader Kim Jung Il launched a "test" missile toward Japan. I well remember what happened next, for I as usual was awake during the wee hours of the morning writing a book, and listening to the radio. At the bottom of the hour, a news report run on a national news service read a report from Tokyo's Foreign Minister who warned North Korea that Japan could arm itself with nuclear and thermonuclear weapons in a heartbeat, if it so chose. Given the Japanese space launch capability, those potential weapons could be put on ICBMs, also fairly easily for a sophisticated technological powerhouse like Japan. The story ran only twice that morning, and was never heard again, nor did it receive any commentary. But the Globe and Mail story confirms some suspicions many have had for quite some time: Japan's nuclear stockpile is conceived by that country, or at least by some of its political elite, as a deterrent, and it raises the bar of possibility that some of that stockpile might already have been secretly weaponized. Indeed, with North Korea, China, Russia, and, yes, the United States as surrounding nuclear powers, it would be a reasonable assumption that Japan may have done so long ago. The fact that Japan has, according to estimates, nine tons of plutonium makes one wonder why all this has been stockpiled at all.
Point number 2 above raises some nasty potentials as well, including the possibility of "arranged thefts" of material which could be covertly engineered into nuclear weapons by just about anyone with access to the technology to do so, whether that be another nuclear power, or independent groups with access to corporations and technologies(the Yakuza comes to mind). The use of such cutouts would be a convenient method for such a covert nuclear program (as suggested above) to gain a secret nuclear weapons stockpile, and cutouts or friendly nations could even perform tests of such devices if the need was felt to conduct tests of the designs.
We thus arrive at point number 1, which makes it very clear that Japan was producing, and we can only assume, probably still is producing weapons grade plutonium. Add the lithium deuteride and/or tritium, stir or shake (gently!), and one has a hydrogen bomb (serve hot).
Which brings us once again back to Fukushima, for the above story would now appear to complete a speculative picture that I outlined on this website after that tragedy struck the Japanese people. Then I outlined the following strange sequence of events: (1) A new Japanese government had taken power that was not the LIberal Democratic party, the party which had ruled Japan since the end of WW2, and which many Japanese perceived, not without justification, as but a shill or puppet of American interests and the Anglo-American oligarchy; (2) that government began to make overtures to China in an attempt to bury the ill-will between the two nations that had festered as a result of World War Two, and the Japanese invasion and occupation of significant areas of that country. Those overtures were buttressed by rumors of a possible state visit of Emperor Akahito to Beijing; (3) as all this was being done, the new Japanese government also quiet but emphatically requested the USA to remove its military base on Okinawa. These moves doubtless led to concerns at the upper echelons of American power, for during this time period, David Rockefeller paid a quiet visit to Japan to visit with the Emperor, and then US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made remarks to Japan regarding its Okinawa request and other moves that could not be construed as anything other or less than a direct threat against that nation, words to the effect that if Japan continued on its present course, there would be dire and drastic consequences.
A little later, Fukushima happened, and given the above context, there continues to be little doubt in my mind that it may have been a deliberate act by the USA, veiled behind an "act of nature," a hypothesis shared by many Japanese examining the event. This reading would appear plausible given the rather dramatic reversal of policy by the current Japanese government, which has not sought to improve, but in some cases, exacerbate tensions with China over remote islands, and now to pacify US concerns by turning over weapons grade plutonium.
In a geopolitical context, however, where (1) the USA and Anglo-American oligarchy needlessly spiked tensions with Russia over the Ukraine, and (2) where German and Russian moves to try to come to an understanding over that situation were met "coincidentally" with pressures on Frau Merkel's cabinet and the embroilment of some of its members in child pornography scandals, and even more recently (3) Germany's "nein!" to the imposition of sanctions on Russia (see tomorrow's blog), Japan constitutes the other side of the equation in a rapidly deteriorating American grip on its two most powerful allies.
The long and short of it? The recent turnover of this nuclear stockpile may indeed constitute a piece of the Fukushima story and scenario, and though it signals current Japanese acquiescence to American pressures, in the long term, we can expect to be hearing more from Japan, and it will probably be singing harmony to Frau Merkel's "nein!"
See you on the flip side...