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THE SPACE SCRAPBOOK: JAPAN AND US CONCERNED ABOUT SATELLITES DISGUISED ...

Now, this story comes fresh on the heels (at least in my blogging about it) of yesterday's blog about RT's strange reporting and phraseology about spy satellites disguised as space junk, and that they were "state affiliated." This story comes from Ms. P.H., to whom we are grateful for sharing it, for it's as if she was reading either my mind, or Russian General Oleg Maidanovich's mind, or both. And this article, in its own way, is at least as puzzling as the RT article. See if you can catch why:

Japan, US to share space information in move aimed at China

Now, beyond the usual references to Japanese Prime Minister Abe's determination to raise Japan's military capabilities considerably, and the understandable reticence among the Japanese population to do so, there's something else quite unusual here.

"The guidelines, which will be updated on April 27 for the first time since 1997, would provide for cooperation on Space Situational Awareness (SSA), or detecting and identifying objects in orbit, and on maritime surveillance from space, the sources said.

"Japan and the United States have recognised space weaponry development - brought to the fore by China's 2007 anti-satellite missile test - and an increase in the amount of dead satellites and other space junk as factors impeding the peaceful use of space.

"In talks on Wednesday, Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani and US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter affirmed Japan-US cooperation in the field of space, including the establishment of a new working-level taskforce. The revised defence guidelines would specify the importance of SSA, the sources said.

"The countries also planned to reconsider the manner of cooperation between Japan's Self-Defence Forces and the US Strategic Command's Joint Space Operations Centre, which handles US space surveillance, the sources said. The US is decentralising its satellite systems so satellites maintain some level of functioning in the event of attack.

"The US planned to turn to Japan's network of "quasi-zenith satellites" in addition to its own global positioning system, the source said. Information sharing on global maritime surveillance has the potential to better equip Japan and the US to ensure the security of sea lanes and respond to tsunamis and other disasters."

Now, if one were inclined just to read this article by itself, or to read just these paragraphs, one has the more-or-less predictable noise about Japanese-American defense cooperation, with the Japanese dutifully making their space capabilities available to America for defense purposes. Nothing new here. So why run the story at all? We'll get back to that.

But then there's this story, shared by Mr. S.D.:

Japan Begins National Security Space Buildup

Notice the crucial paragraphs here:

"In January, Japan's Office of National Space Policy cemented a new 10-year space strategy that for the first time folds space policy into national security strategy, both to enhance the US-Japan alliance and to contain China.

"Under the third Basic Plan, Japan's priorities go beyond building out its regional GPS-backup Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) navigation constellation, advancing its space situational awareness (SSA) capabilities and developing a maritime domain awareness (MDA) constellation. The country will also as much as double its Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) reconnaissance program to an eight-satellite constellation, and develop a space-based missile early warning capability.

"'Japan's three most important space programs are the QZSS, SSA and MDA, but we are also looking toward [space-based] shared [ballistic missile] early warning,' Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Hiroshi Imazu said. As former chairman of the party's Space Policy Committee and current chairman of its Policy Research Council's Research Commission on Security, Imazu is a leading advocate for Japan bolstering its national security space architecture." (Emphasis added)

In other words, as a major component of Mr. Abe's rearmament scheme, Japan is considerably beefing up its space-based spy satellite capabilities and early-warning missile defense capabilities. Looked at one way, Japan is building independent redundancy into the American security architecture in the Pacific. But as I've pointed out elsewhere, Japan's long term geopolitical goals might be somewhat different: with the growing alienation from Washington of America's allies, the Japanese program may be a way to assert a much more independent Japanese policy in the long-term. In either case, Japan needs that redundancy and independence, regardless of what America might want or need.

Which brings us back to the first article shared by Ms. P.H., and its first paragraph, and the unusual reason given for this new spate of Japanese-American space security coordination:

"The Japanese and US governments plan to share information on suspicious satellites and "space junk" in earth's orbit, in a move meant likely to serve as a deterrent to China which has been ramping up its presence at sea and in space."

This statement appeared a mere four days after RT's very strange story, which we blogged about yesterday, of spy satellites disguised as space junk, which were affiliated with a state actor. This new article suggests, though again, does not come right out and state unequivocally, that the spy satellites-cum-space-junk are China's. Indeed, we're told only about "suspicious satellites" but the questions impelled by such strange commentary are left hanging over the whole story, unanswered: why are they suspicious? Whose satellites are they; no evasive language here, just tell us? Why the sudden concern about "disguised space junk"? why not come right out and state that the space-junk-spy-satellites are China's if, in fact, they are? No one would be surprised, least of all Russia, Japan, or the USA. So again, it's the strange silence here, and the "non-story" aspect of the story, that makes one wonder whether or not the mention of China was meant more as a distraction from the real story, which is that "space junk spy satellite stuff" up there which, as the Russians so curiously phrased it, is "state affiliated."

The bottom line here seems to be that Russia, Japan, and the USA have now all noticed "suspicious satellites" which are disguised as space junkSo again, in these articles, we're left guessing: whose satellites? why are they suspicious? what's the "affiliation"? And most of all, the possibility still seems open, as I put it yesterday, that with the Russian story, we have an announcement that "someone else is up there" and they're not the usual space actors. And as I put it yesterday, three alternatives for "state affiliation" present themselves: corporations, political institutions or parties, and religious institutions. (There is, of course, one other possibility, but I'm not going there because the usual crowd that does that sort of thing will eventually go there, and get all hot and bothered about it and use the "D" word to do it.) And to put up spy satellites disguised as space junk means they have to be technologically sophisticated, and financially capable of doing so. The corporations we can all easily guess. The political and religious institutions capable - if they so desired - of doing so, we can also probably all guess.

But whatever might be going on, it appears to have three of planet Earth's major space powers concerned enought to talk about it, and to do something about it.

See you on the flip side...

(Our thanks to Ms. P.H. and Mr. S.D. for these articles)

12 thoughts on “ THE SPACE SCRAPBOOK: JAPAN AND US CONCERNED ABOUT SATELLITES DISGUISED ...”

  1. The spy satellites no doubt belong to SPECTRE who’s launching them from their secret base inside a volcano on an island off the coast of Japan.

  2. Bottom line, the MIC class will be getting more funding. There exists a real possibility the MIC is now trans-global. Where the Break-Away Civ and it’s MIC assets are quite possibly, funding both sides of conflicts. Where if someone isn’t shooting someone, they are not making money. Hence, the justifications for War w/o End Amen will rain down from the MSM. Let’s hope the BRICSA 105 nation alliance can thwart new aggression..

  3. Well, why write the articles at all in the first place? Obviously the intended audience is not the supposed audience of news readers with an interest in space affairs. Are articles like these a way of one party signaling to others that “We know what you’re up to.”

  4. Robert Barricklow

    [As an aside; it’s Hitler’s Birthday]
    Looks like another commoditized warrior has enter stage left; or more precisely, has upstaged the usual suspects. Perhaps examining the taking-out/or protection of satellite communication abilities during war. It a predatory mercenary battlefield up there and down here. It does get a bit confusing when these DEEP Events can be bought & sold on the Deep Black Projects markets. Why you can have one entity representing not only both sides; but all sides – Just For Profit.

  5. It is interesting that the first story is from a mainland China news site. And the second news site is a called Defense news site read war is good business news site. Japan’s only option in the long run is to help create a true Asia Co-prosperity Sphere in East Asia and free itself from the clutches of it’s Imperial masters from Western Europe via their proxy the USA.

  6. “Space junk as factors impeding the peaceful use of space”: who do they think they’re kidding with this doublespeak? In those ambients, any peaceful use is just a lucky and unnecessary bonus in the decades-old project for the weaponization of space. Though on the other hand some of the space “newcomers” in Asia – whose culture is actually thousands of years old – may put this in quite a differnt perspective.

  7. The “D” may be for disclosure…
    Another possibility could be the “Nazi International” which may AKA be known as the “breakaway civilization” as it appears to be a fascist group composed of corporate entities, bankers, rogue factions within security agencies, and the elite. It’s fairly obvious that the globalists are going for total control of the planet now with their “secret” treaties and total surveillance state. This never seems to work out well in the long run for them in all the movies being put out today, but then, they’re just movies…
    When you control the high ground (space) you control the battlefield. If you’re going to subjugate an entire planet, doing so from space would be the optimal path. The question is: how far along are they with their off planet infrastructure needed to accomplish this.

  8. “Major-General was reluctant to report on state affiliation of the exposed space vehicles”

    I read this frase as “Major-General was reluctant to report on to which country the exposed sapce vehicles belong to.”

    I see absolutly no need to speculate about “affilitions”.
    Also, if I were the US Government, I would play dummy (like they always do): – “There are spy satelittes desguised as junk??? Noooo???!! Really??!!”

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