Abe’s cabinet is expected to adopt a resolution on Tuesday that would end Japan’s long-standing ban on exercising collective self-defence, or coming to the aid of an ally under attack even if Japan itself is not threatened.
Japan’s postwar constitution prohibits the use of force to settle international disputes – a restriction Abe and his supporters say inhibits the country’s ability to protect itself and its allies, despite growing fears over North Korea’s nuclear programme and China’s aggressive territorial claims in the region.
The real reason for this, of course, is that, faced with all these threats, Japan has discovered that America under Barack Obama is a faithless ally, a broken bulwark that won’t live up to its promises to defend Japan against threats in that part of the world.
How long do you think it would take Japan to go nuclear?
I dunno. How long does it take to attach the warheads to their missiles?