JAPAN’S SPACE STRATEGY

JAPAN’S SPACE STRATEGY

While all of our attention has been focused on what's going on "down here," you might have noticed there have been a few odd stories about goings on in space, which in some cases, have been a little "unusual." And right at the top of the list, in case you missed it, is this "little" article that was shared by G.B.:

One small step for Japan’s space security strategy

As the article makes clear, Japan is committed to a long term space defense capability, but as it also makes clear, it's actual financial outlay, at the moment, is small compared to other major space powers, and this for constitutional reasons:

The use of the space domain for national defence is not new for Japan, having utilised satellites for information-gathering, communication and navigation in the past. But the increasing dependence on space also means greater vulnerabilities to space debris as well as threats from adversarial weapons systems that can attack or disrupt systems via kinetic and electromagnetic means. Facing the growing uncertainties that come along with space, Japan has begun to take bolder steps to better understand the domain.

Japan’s long-term commitments to space security are reflected in the defence budget. The provisional defence budget for the 2020–21 fiscal year devotes 50.6 billion yen (US$460 million) to space-related programs. This figure is unsurprising when looking at the budgetary commitments of the Ministry of Defense since 2011.

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First, questions remain over the kinds of strategies and operations allowed or disallowed under the current constitutional framework. While there will be little fuss over SSA systems, communications systems and navigational assets, defensive measures such as disrupting the C4I systems of adversaries are likely to raise controversy.

A also noted, Japan's actual personnel commitment to its own version of a "space force" is but a "cadre" operation at present, numbering only 20 people.

But this, I think is bound to change, both in the size and scope of budgetary and personnel commitments, and for a very simple reason; in watching Mr. Abe's government's moves both militarily and diplomatically in the past few years, I've been arguing that Japan has taken a very "long view" of the geopolitical situation, and particularly of the US as an unreliable ally. It has thus - I have argued - chosen to mouth the necessary platitudes of "being a good partner" to the USA in Asia-Pacific security matters, and using this to leverage up its financial commitments to a slow, but perceptible, re-armament, while meanwhile pursuing a quietly aggressive diplomacy, particularly with Russia. As I've argued elsewhere, Japan and Russia need each other, if only as counterbalances to the preponderance of Chinese power in the region.

There is, in fact, a hint that Japan's initial quiet moves in the "space force" department are to be construed as nothing less than seeding the start, because the long range goal of Shinzo Abe's government is much more sweeping in nature:

Development in capabilities focuses on three areas. First is the establishment of an SSA system. Second is improving space-based capabilities including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, communication and positioning. Third is superiority in space, including the capabilities to electromagnetically disrupt an adversary’s command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems. The Ministry of Defense has for the first time launched its own X-band communications satellites — kirameki-2 in 2017 and kirameki-1 in 2018 — to enhance the command and control of Japan Self-Defense Force (SDF) units.  (Emphases added)

The choice of wording here is deliberate (assuming here that the translation from the Japanese is accurate): the goal is not parity in space, but superiority in space, and while the article mentions China and Russia as Japan's chief concerns earlier in the article, they are notably absent in this specific paragraph; in other words, what is not being said is as important as what is being said. This is followed by another strange phrase, because not only is the goal "superiority in space," but this is to include "the capabilities to electromagnetically disrupt an adversary's command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems." Notably, once gain the target of this goal is a very general, non-specific "adversary," and indeed, the development of the capabilities mentioned could be directed towards anyone, not just China or Russia. And there's a final point, another of those "significant things" that are not being said, for the list enumerated as being included in the capabilities to be developed implies other things that are not being mentioned... things like...oh...I don't know... electromagnetic weapons systems of a different sort, rail guns, rods of God, that sort of thing.

The bottom line? The Japanese is no longer willing to be the "junior partner" in any long term relationship with the USA, nor with its powerful Asian rivals. And the way we(and the Chinese) have been behaving lately, you can't blame them.

See you on the flip side...

31 thoughts on “JAPAN’S SPACE STRATEGY”

  1. Yoichi Shimatsu (at rense.com) reckons they were doing naughty nuke stuff at Fukushima.
    They were also letting Israeli Security in charge of security at the plant just before The Event. Fortunately G_d wold Magna BSP to hightail outa there a couple of weeks before She Blew.
    They’d best go it alone, down to the CPU’s, else they get Flamed Stuxnetted Spectred and all the diseases that collaboration with one’s enemies can entail.
    Though he also reckons Japan is a perp. collaborating with the West against China in unleashing Coviditis going BatShitCrazy (literally).
    With the 4th world war fought with sticks and arrows, high tech in the sky will be useful only for prophets and doomsayers as falling stars , or falling suns.

  2. The U.S. has declared war on crime[read criminalizing poverty; war on poverty[read social engineering]; war on drugs[controlling market, getting rid of competition]; war on cancer[making sure: no cures, no competition]; & now…

    the war on an “invisible enemy”?

    Is that the virus; or, innuendo for someone/something else?

  3. Since we’re talking about Japan…..does anyone remember the story going around a couple years ago about 29 Japanese technicians being killed by the robots they had created. The only way to stop them was to start pulling them apart & they figured out towards the end the robots were taking orders from a sat???

    1. not sure why but that reminded me about the latest Qvian Austin Steinbart. Kid has amazing breadth and depth of more plausible history of the world in last 200 years especially the last few decades. Made crazy claims that sounded more plausible for everything else he was copping to about how our systems were pooched. Until he was in a long rambling interview with a couple Q fanboys where he laid out what a great guy Elon is and how much he’s done for the world and how he’s been attacked and sabotaged. Hm.

  4. These are all good pertinent points. Feels like a mistake to even suspect they are unrelated. Most of the Japanese I know are relatively wealthy, spirited and martial. In the most discrete, considerate and polite way I have ever encountered.

    That being said, these folk routinely better understand their position in the world and how they got there. I felt it before 2001. After 2001, I realized most of my Japanese friends were not surprised by domestic attacks nor put off by them. These folk took Fukushima in stride if that’s even possible to grock. It’s not like they are immune to feelings. They consider what they suspect as worst case scenarios in light of the last 400 years their society has survived and flourished in. They quietly wait for our rage over this neo-con or that neo-lib velvet glove despot to pass.

    Their tech and engineering are excellent indicators of how these people do not give up. Their achievements are heartening. I am most heartened by their success pushing back on pharma corruption even as they advance in science including in
    med and pharma. How is it that these people so carefully and willingly serving their society better and more willingly than any enslaved and crushed society has booted out mandatory vaccines?

    1. I would liken the current planet system to a farm with various breeds of dogs doing various jobs. A wise farmer would do well to feed all his dogs well. Be especially careful with soft corrections with breeds as responsible and responsive as border collies. The handling of great pyrannees is another story. One would still not want to be abusive. To what purpose and how to handle breeds like pitbulls, dobermans and others, I am not sure.

      To all of these breeds, one might question the wisdom of the farmer instituting slow kill techs like vaccines, poor feed (grains and kibble) and strategies of tension (false dialectics).

  5. If I was Japan I would try to create a true Asian Co-Prosperity system. First apologize and offer reparations for its crimes. Second try and under the table attempt to reunite Korea once and for all. Third try and remove Europe useful idiot the USA from interfering in East-Asian affairs.

  6. Good. The Japanese are likely to accomplish much more with a lot less. And like their automobiles what ever they build will be a lot more reliable in the long run. Plus if anyone can figure out how to super conduct the polar quantum entangled connections between planets, stars and galaxies it will be them.

  7. It’s looking like the globalist’s NWO is on increasingly shaky ground. With Japan going their own way with space, that new “globalist” dream is beginning to show signs of collapse–possibly even in the banking arena. If space is collateralized now is the time to prevent the Federal Reserve Banking system from taking root in an interstellar economy–or they continue to control who gets access to the wealth through corruption, black-mail, subterfuge and war. If we are truly a spiritual species, as I believe we are, now is the time to break the chains and secure our spiritual heritage. This is a good thing if done for the right reasons.

    1. OrigunsChild
      Read my mind.
      The FED is beginning to spin the same crock of bull that these so-called private public partnerships spin.
      It’s privatization, plain & simple.
      Like in your slave/master relationship discussed the other day/The government should create, issue and circulate the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the government and the buying power of consumers. The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of government, but is the government’s greatest creative opportunity. The financing of all public enterprise[think space], and the conduct of the Treasury will become matters of practical administration. Money will cease to be the Master and then will become the servant of humanity – Lincoln.

      Exactly what I was implying in my earlier post of today.

    2. OriginsChild
      That is my fear, that this mind set will gain hold in the new roots of space infrastructures being planted, established, realized, and blueprinted for futures of space exploration & development.
      The foundation need to be rooted w/in the living spirit;
      not, in some dumbed-down for profit planted roots

    1. Agreed. Though I wrote a more optimistic post I do share his concern that perhaps if they have an SSP operation already, there may be a criminal component. That is why I included the word “if” in my explanation.

  8. Good.
    Another Nation-State in the space game afoot.

    Still a long way to go before…
    Space, the Final Frontier
    Meekly Goes Where Every Slave As Gone Before
    A Public/Private Partnership.

  9. I have found it is always fun to check in on what Japan is doing with technology. They, like Germany, have the means to make all sorts of weapons of mass destruction if they decided to. It is also interesting to see how they try and get around the strict military constraints of their constitution. I have always felt Mishima spoke to some truth about the Japanese spirit and commitment to their country. It exists even today.

  10. “Ælfric’s Space Agency” is propelled by Rynstafas, using spinning top of sundial, in Notre Dame pyramid.

    1. Axis, through Center, emanates Circle.
    2. Elohim, through Adonai, emanates Yahweh.
    3. Eon, through Kairos, emanates Chronos.
    4. Father, through Son, emanates Ghost.
    5. Eternity, through Odin, emanates Year.

    Ælfric’s Rynstafas become 32 logoi, in a 32-point compass emanation. Systems, that navigate time and space, are most certainly reminiscence, from high antiquity.

    Magic mushroom source: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/1rdus4riohysvmb/aelfric-rynstaf.jpg

  11. Completely unconnected, but nevertheless connected:

    “Escobar: Who Profits From The Pandemic?”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/escobar-who-profits-pandemic
    “Wall Street, of course, lives in an alternative universe. In a nutshell, Wall Street turned the Fed into a hedge fund. The Fed is going to own at least two thirds of all U.S. Treasury bills in the market before the end of 2020. The U.S. Treasury will be buying every security and loan in sight, while the Fed will be the banker – financing the whole scheme. So essentially, this is a Fed/Treasury merger. A behemoth dispensing loads of helicopter money.

    And the winner is BlackRock – the biggest money manager on the planet, with tentacles everywhere – managing the assets of over 170 pension funds, banks, foundations, insurance companies, in fact a great deal of the money in private equity and hedge funds. BlackRock – promising to be fully ‘transparent’ – will buy these securities and manage those dodgy SPVs on behalf of the Treasury.

    BlackRock, founded in 1988 by Larry Fink, may not be as big as Vanguard, but it’s the top investor in Goldman Sachs, along with Vanguard and State Street – and with $6.5 trillion in assets, bigger than Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Deutsche Bank combined.

    Now, BlackRock is the new operating system (OS) of the Fed and the Treasury. The world’s biggest shadow bank – and no, it’s not Chinese.”

  12. I regard Japan’s version of a Space Force as a combination of “me too” and “saving face.” There is just not enough budgetary ‘oomph’ for them to be taken seriously.

    However, it has been four generations since WWII. Newer generations see no reason for Japan to be essentially weaponless, especially with China starting to weapon-up. This would include the space side, although probably with ground-based weapons.

    The biggest question is whether Japan would wish to convert from a nuke-capable nation (all the know-how and materials, but not assembled yet) to a nuclear power (assembly completed). There are political consequences to this ‘leap’, from ostracization to having enforceable borders.

    With tiny North Korea regularly pushing-back on America because of being a (minor) nuclear power, this ‘option’ is probably becoming more popular…

    1. Being occupied, by the USA, is being bored to death, literally.

      Because Americans are papal cattle, brainwashed to think they are free.

      Jesuit founders of the USA have caused a straitjacket cosmology.

      It is brutal to say. Not everyone is blind.

      1. So true, anak!!! When “perception” is controlled, behavior is thus controlled!!!
        We Americans have been trained from birth, NOT to think for ourselves but to accept the “established” line of thought…which goes for religion as well!!

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