Japanese taxpayers’ money to militarism instead of Fukushima survivors


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And here are the sequels. These video explain how, from a military aircraft designer´s standpoint, F-35 warplanes, also called Joint Strike Fighter or JSF, are a waste of money.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Friday 29th August 2014

JAPAN’S Defence Ministry demanded money for F-35 stealth fighter jets today as part of its biggest-ever budget.

F-35 or JSF warplanes are notorious for all sorts of technical problems and humungous cost overruns, with which militarist politicians burden taxpayers.

Plans to buy P-1 surveillance aircraft and unmanned drones are also part of the five trillion yen (£29 billion) budget for the year beginning April 2015, a 3.5 per cent increase from the current year.

The budget reflects Japan’s new defence guidelines as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushes to unleash the country’s military.

Tensions with China have risen over a cluster of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea claimed by both countries.

Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera claimed the increased spending would “ensure security of the sea and airspace surrounding Japan, effective deterrence and response to any attack on remote islands.”

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet last week. At one level, the personnel changes sought to rally Abe’s sagging support and cement his position inside the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). More than anything else, however, the reshuffle prepares for an intensification of the attacks on the working class at home and an expansion of Japan’s remilitarization directed at its rivals abroad: here.

U.S., JAPAN NEGOTIATING ARMS AGREEMENT “Japan and the United States are exploring the possibility of Tokyo acquiring offensive weapons that would allow Japan to project power far beyond its borders, Japanese officials said, a move that would likely infuriate China.” [Reuters]

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