If you've been watching the fallout from the Russo-Japanese Onshen summit last December, some of this news won't surprise you. Consider the following articles shared by Mr. S.D.:
Of course, we're told the usual story about why Japan would want to negotiate bi-lateral currency arrangements with other Asian nations: it's all to stop the spread of the Chinese Yuan as a regional (and eventual global) reserve currency. But at the same time it's experimenting with blockchain technology. By now regular readers here know my thoughts on "digital currencies" and the pressure from Mr. Globaloney to move to a cashless system: no digital system is 100% secure, and yes, I suspect that eventually people will figure out a way through quantum encryption as well. These heresies uttered, the bi-lateral currency story should be read, in my opinion, the same way Mr. Abe's rearmament should be read: it's a long term hedge against the increasingly erratic and nutty policies of Empire America, Inc., and thus, while Tokyo is mouthing continued support of Washington, it realizes in the long term that it can no longer count on Washington.
In the process, Japan is remaking the geopolitics of the Western Pacific.
But there was another story that I wanted to include here, and it's the main focus today; the rest is, so to speak, the context in which to read it. This article was shared by Mr J.S., and it's hugely important:
This brings me to my very high octane speculation of the day, for there's an entirely different context for Japanese rearmament. As regular readers here may also know, I have long regarded Japan (and Germany) as being "turn the screw" nuclear and thermonuclear powers, i.e., as nations that could (and probably have) manufacture all the parts for nuclear and thermonuclear weapons and delivery systems, and simply assemble them quickly - turn the screw - in case of an emergency. As regular readers here may also recall, when the Fukushima disaster occurred, there were those in Japan who suspected - correctly in my opinion - that the disaster may not have been merely an act of nature, for it occurred in an interesting political context: a new government had taken power, and that new government was intent on mending relations with China. That new government was also serious about shutting down the American Empire's base on Okinawa, long a sore spot in post-war Japanese-American relations. There was talk of state visits of the Japanese Emperor to Beijing. The then US Secretary of Defense, Mr. Robert Gates, issued a statement about these developments that could only be interpreted as a direct threat to the Japanese government. Then, the earthquake and the tsunami. Many Japanese suspected then that the entire incident was deliberate. I maintain that strong suspicion to this day. In the aftermath of Fukushima, there were also a number of articles that revealed that the Japanese may have been conducting a covert nuclear weapons program. Japanese researchers pointed out the peculiar alignment of the earthquake with political events, and the rise of Mr. Abe's government. Similarly, former assistance secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Catherine Austin Fitts, has pointed out the Indonesian tsunami occurred after a week of inexplicable trades in Indonesian sovereign securities.
In any case, it is in the wake of Fukushima that Mr. Abe has pursued his rearmament plans, setting aside for the first time in postwar history the "percentage cap" on defense spending that was written into the Japanese constitution. This factor has always influenced my thinking that the Fukushima disaster - an ongoing disaster, let us remember - was not merely an act of nature. If anything, it was more like an act of war, with rearmament being Japan's response. This of course is not a reading of the events that most people - and particularly the corporate controlled media - will accept. Nonetheless, it is the reading and understanding I've always used to interpret these events; for me, these events are to be viewed whole: Mr. Gates' threatening remarks to Japan, Fukushima, and Mr. Abe's rearmament. And now, we can add Bi-lateral currency agreements to that list.
Which brings us, at last, to today's high octane speculation about that last article. I want to draw attention to the opening two paragraphs of this rather short, but highly important article:
On Thursday, 27 April, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, in Moscow. A myriad of topics were discussed as part of the talks, many of which had to do with increased Japanese investments into Russia and Russia's ability to provide Japan with its energy supplies. "Peaceful atomic energy" featured as a possible solution to Japan's energy needs.On this basis, Vladimir Putin offered to help clean up the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant, "with the most modern technology available."
(Bold emphasis added, italicized emphasis in the original)