JAPAN: THE TURN-KEY (THERMO?) NUCLEAR POWER
I've been arguing for some time that Asia's other economic powerhouse, Japan, is a turn-key nuclear power, and in my estimation, probably a turn-key thermo-nuclear power. Today's article find by W.G. is a carefully argued case making the same point, which we'll get to in a moment.
But what do I mean by a "turn-key" nuclear and thermo-nuclear power? Essentially, a turn-key nuclear power is (1) a nation that has closed the nuclear fuel cycle, (2) has the means to enrich uranium, or to create plutonium, to weapons grade, and to metallicize the results (in the case of uranium), (3) to store the results in the form of ready-to-hand cores for a fission bomb, (4) to engineer the other parts of the weapon and to store those for ready assembly, and (5) possesses the infrastructure and means of delivery of such weapons. In the case of a therm0-nuclear turn-key power, additionally this means the ability to use any fission weapons it might produce as the necessary "fuses" for fusion (hydrogen) bombs, which implies expertise in thermo-nuclear plasma. Such a nation would, in effect, manufacture all the components for a nuclear and thermo-nuclear arsenal, and be able to assemble bombs very quickly, and wed them - again very quickly - to delivery systems. This implies one final idea: the turn-key nuclear and thermo-nuclear nation would have to be competent enough in nuclear engineering not to have to test its assembled weapons.
In the following article shared by W.G. (thank you!) the argument is made that Japan is precisely such a power - and China knows it (and if China knows it, everyone else does too):
Who Can Make an Atom Bomb Faster? Iran or Japan?
What concerns us here are the following statements:
Thus, according to the Chinese Internet portal Sohu, Tokyo has a stock of already processed nuclear raw materials for 6,000 nuclear devices (!). For several years, Japan hid this from both its allies in the United States and from other countries. It should be noted that this number is the level of Russia and the United States, which have, according to the estimates of competent experts, 7000 and 6800 of them, respectively, while France has 300, China – 270, North Korea, according to various estimates, from 10 to 60. Meanwhile, Iran only has one nuclear device!
At the same time, the Sohu portal also indicates that for several years Tokyo, within the framework of its nuclear energy, has enriched and processed raw materials to a level that allows them to create weapons. With no criticism from today’s Iranian opponents. Although the Chinese exposing material does not name specific volumes, these could be several dozens of tons, at least.
As for the means of delivery of nuclear weapons, one must not forget that Japan is a leading space power, its spacecraft landed on an asteroid and delivered matter from there to Earth, and its launch vehicles are exceptionally reliable.
Hence, a natural question arises: who is really orchestrating the campaign to punish Iran for its nuclear program, while an active US ally under the former’s cover has already accumulated a world-destroying potential of raw materials for several thousand atomic bombs? Isn’t the anti-Iranian information campaign of the United States and Israel a cover for Japan to secretly create its own nuclear potential without appropriate control by the world community?
My only quibble with this article is its focus on atom(fission) bombs. The Japanese certainly would not waste time stopping with just atom bombs on their "exceptionally reliable" launch vehicles. It is fully capable of going directly to "the big one" (fusion bombs), and its stockpile of enough nuclear fissile material is really a stockpile to create a thermo-nuclear arsenal of a size to rival that of the USA and Russia, of at least a thousand warheads, if not a few thousands of warheads, far beyond the operational numbers of France or China.
I have another quibble as well: given today's geopolitical tensions, and with China making threatening noises over Taiwan (and Japan making equally important pledges to protect Taiwan), one wonders: if Japan makes such pledges, how does it intend to do so?
My bet: the Japanese won't wait for a crisis to occur and try to assemble its nuclear arsenal in the midst of it.
Chances are, it's already assembled a few firecrackers, and quietly transmitted that fact to the interested parties in the region.
Oh, and by the way... Taiwan is no nuclear slouch either...(See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_and_weapons_of_mass_destruction)
See you on the flip side...
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Maybe seemingly irrelevant to some;Back in the 70’s I included in my lectures the Laws of Consequentialism.This was to address issues raised by a French Minister who wrote “When China Awakens” a 650 page book.I also included potential counter-moves via Posturing which is in my very humble opinion tantamount to kid’s play.To all my students,I apologize for not having mentioned the Elephant in the room:Japan.Sayonara….
Japan……Does anyone remember the story going around a year or so ago about 29 Japanese scientists being killed by robots they had constructed??? It was said the signal was coming to the robots from a satellite & all the scientists could do was try to dismantle said robots.
It is a scary world we are entering unless there is some type of Divine Intervention…..or maybe some of our “Cousins” could help us out?!! 😉
Compare to this, from a few days ago:
“Japan’s prime minister Fumio Kishida has laid out bold new plans to drastically ramp up the country’s defense posture, including for the first time since its defeat in WWII acquiring strike capabilities against foreign enemy bases.
“He unveiled… that a fundamental shift in defense strategy will be implemented within the next 12 months, following in November a record high national defense budget of a total more than 6 trillion yen being formally approved (the equivalent of $53 billion).
” ‘In order to safeguard the people’s lives and livelihoods, we will examine all the options, including the capability to attack enemy bases…’ PM Kishida said.”
Assuming this is correctly translated/reported, note the phrasing: “all the options.”
To avoid backlash, from economical swindle, the Vatican’s financial Jews seek, to place a mole – a court Jew – to spy on the law of the land, attacking the position of king.
By infiltration, the court Jews seek, to place themselves, in the second position to the throne, to become king by default, when rightful king is murdered, by Jesuits.
Jesuit Court Jews, on thrones, live in fear of being exposed, by the immune system of culture, and thus they engage revolutionary Jews, as loyal opposition, to destroy culture.
Pope Satan is head of the devil’s trinity, that swindles, infiltrates and destroys. Everybody wants a nuclear bomb, to nuke the imperial papacy.
Seems like a common thread in every story we see these days is all bets are off and best to learn to multitask better. To that end:
Noack’s phd thesis entailed converting graphene oxide to graphene hydroxide. Sounds like worse days are coming soon. It’s a nasty rabbit hole and as usual a number of otherwise inexplicable narratives become quickly explained with if this narrative proves true.
Thank you for all this Doc.
Same to everyone here.
Have a good night.
The real question is what else is Japan is keeping secret they like China know how to remain silent I would recommend reading if you can find the book titled The Chinese Machiavelli.
Japan, in some ways like Germany, has always been a [behind the scenes] nuclear power without obvious weaponization placed within missile silos. They’re known for their articulate and orderly size reductions, too, not unlike their art of paper folding (Origami). Cumbersome multi-ton missile launchers might be impressive on parade still require a reliable support system for achieving its end goal of destruction.
Numerous Japanese administrations have known the need to remain vigilant as well as knowledgeable in that current frontier of questionable use of high energy outputs. Probably why the emphasis in STEM programs and teaching throughout that Island nation and abroad. They’re very good in them, too, and on record. It’s the inputs of planetary crustal shifts and Tsunamis (often in their artwork) that takes them by surprise. It’s not a stretch to suggest something of a dual use in industry such space exploration and defense.
They’ve had on-island mining [some left-over remains still warm] from the good ole days of world conquest in their backyards – Fukushima area is one. Climb a few hundred feet upward. Expect to walk your bike occasionally as 21-gears on a mountain bike are not enough. Good exercise though.
Given the secretive nature of Japanese intelligence and associated defense agencies much can be speculated about stories driving narratives as well as snoop and seize opportunism where information flows freely.
Is Japan’s retirement fund heavily invested into China’s Evergrande crisis?
Will that color their geopolitical objectives?
I doubt Japan hid this from either China, Russia, Israel, or the USSA.
No doubt, the USSA would see to it.
But, are these weapons tied into a digital network of some sort?
Or, are they under an analogue umbrella of cyber protection?
Given human nature and having experienced the atomic bombing of two of their cities, damn right they would do everything in their power to it ever happening again. Good for them. Hope the article is not just propaganda.
It is almost impossible to believe that a nation in Japan’s situation with Japan’s history wouldn’t desire nukes. It is equally impossible to believe that the Japanese couldn’t meet that desire…
Pretty sure Biden Inc has no desire to go against its business partners in China, so they’d better have nukes if they want to remain free-ish.
These thoughts also splain much more about Fukushima and Fukushima’s effects further affirm whatever desires and means Japan has to meet those desires.
I am not familiar with Chinese Internet portal Sohu. My first reaction is that it is as reliable a news source as CNN or MSNBC or PRAVDA.