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Japan Launches Two New Spy Satellites 76

Posted by timothy
from the launching-old-ones-didn't-work-out dept.
According to the Daily Yomiuri, "Japan launched two satellites on Jan. 27 to strengthen its surveillance capabilities, including keeping a closer eye on North Korea which has vowed to stage another nuclear test. One of them was a radar-equipped unit to complete a system of surveillance satellites that will allow Tokyo to monitor any place in the world at least once a day. The other was a demonstration satellite to collect data for research and development." The Defense News version of the story says "Japan developed a plan to use several satellites as one group to gather intelligence in the late 1990s as a response to a long-range missile launch by Pyongyang in 1998. The space agency has said the radar satellite would be used for information-gathering, including data following Japan’s 2011 quake and tsunami, but did not mention North Korea by name."
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Japan Launches Two New Spy Satellites

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  • Re:North Korea? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 28, 2013 @03:16AM (#42713209)

    China had a cult of personality but it didn't work, so they reverted to the earlier system prior to the republic (which also didn't work), but without an emperor. A complex order of bureaucrats runs things in China today just like it has for thousands of years. Communism is just a facade. Heck, they could still have an emperor if they wanted and things would be almost exactly the same.

  • Re:North Korea? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by korgitser (1809018) on Monday January 28, 2013 @04:14AM (#42713391)

    China's most immediate goal is southern Siberia. China severely lacks farmable land, and the russians have a lot of it unused. Both are conducting military excercises in the area. Russia, though, knows that it can not stand against China by it's own, so is seeking admission into NATO; the USA knows that it does not want to help Russia and is thus seeking withdrawal from NATO. This is also a part of why USA is leaving the Atlantic and focusing on the Pacific now. For the Russians it would probably make most sense to go Alaska on Siberia, but their imperial pride might not be willing to do in under pressure.

    China's second immediate goal is a possible attack from Japan, not that it would be much of a problem. Of course they would not attack Japan by themselves, nothing to gain there. But they are pawning Japan in another game. Remember when USA was giving crap to China because China "artificially" keeps its currency cheap? China was doing it by buying up massive amounts of USD, basic stuff. When the amount of crap they recieved became too high, they outsourced it to Japan. Started to buy up yen instead. The price of yen rising, Japan losing it's export power, all of their big companies going bust. Japan is doing it's best to cheapen the yen by buying up USD themselves, (following the Chinese masterplan) but they can not match the Chinese wallet. So the Japanese economy, already in a standstill for decades, is now on the brink of collapse. And they might be crazy enough to go kamikaze on the Great Wall of China.

    But the dance around Taiwan? I do not think so. They are too small to pose any real threat, but they work wonders as an enemy to point at for rallying up masses. They also work wonders as a diplomatic taboo, a card that will move mountains if played well.

  • Re:North Korea? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Required Snark (1702878) on Monday January 28, 2013 @04:25AM (#42713415)
    There are a few old farts who still think those terms, although I suspect that they would be satisfied with the kind of economic power that Japan had in before the crash in the 90's. One example is Shintaro Ishihara, former mayor of Tokyo, who just formed a new far right party. But you have to remember he's 80, so he was born in 1932. That means his childhood was spent during the expansionist period, and for him that is the "good old days".

    I think that there is not any zeal for expansionist policy in the postwar generation. There is still plenty of cultural/racial prejudice in Japan, but that doesn't always equate with empire building.

  • Re:North Korea? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Luckyo (1726890) on Monday January 28, 2013 @04:35AM (#42713453)

    NK is essentially an arm of China. One has to understand that China has a lot of control over what NK does due to leadership ties, and NK has traditionally served as an agent of Chinese interests when really shoddy stuff has to be done.

    That in addition to the old animosity that most Koreans, North or South have for Japanese and the fact that NK has a very strong spying presence in Japan to the point of kidnapping japanese to get them to teach japanese customs and culture to their agents, NK is a very credible threat to Japan, and far greater threat then China in short term.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 28, 2013 @04:37AM (#42713463)

    So how long have you been a member of the KKK?

    Because if you disagree with Obama, or just so happen to not like the color tie he chooses to wear, you instantly receive your custom bath robe and lifetime membership card.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 28, 2013 @05:41AM (#42713685)

    >China's second immediate goal is a possible attack from Japan, not that it would be much of a problem.
    >Of course they would not attack Japan by themselves, nothing to gain there.
    >But they are pawning Japan in another game. Remember when USA was giving crap to China because China "artificially" keeps its currency cheap?
    >China was doing it by buying up massive amounts of USD, basic stuff. When the amount of crap they recieved became too high, they outsourced it to Japan.
    China HAD to "buy" USD, they are selling a lot of stuff to Americans. Americans can only pay with USD at some level, and Chinese have to accept it. There is little they can do with it, except buy treasury bonds. (or burn it for heat in the winter).

    >Started to buy up yen instead.

    Well I think they are only buying Yen to the extent they sell stuff to Japan, which is much less than they sell to the US.

    >The price of yen rising, Japan losing it's export power, all of their big companies going bust.

    But Import power is raising, which is good for consumers like me! We can go on fancier vacations, but up more foreign goods, etc. Also, very few companies have gone "bust". Some have gone bankrupt, but it's just restructuring so far for the most part. (i.e. declaring bankruptcy so they are allowed to get rid of useless lifers, etc.).

    > Japan is doing it's best to cheapen the yen by buying up USD themselves,

    Well not "Japan", just PM Abe. I wish he wouldn't be doing that stuff, as it sucks for us Japanese in some ways as mentioned above.

    > (following the Chinese masterplan) but they can not match the Chinese wallet.

    Why not? We easily could. Just here the government doesn't control so much, and taxes are not so high.

    >So the Japanese economy, already in a standstill for decades, is now on the brink of collapse.

    Wow, doom and gloom. Come hang out here for a few weeks. Stand-still isn't bad once things are running smoothly. It's a myth that things need to "expand" constantly. Just like when you are growing, your rate of growth slows as you get older, and eventually you reach a stable height. Japan has probably a pretty good GDP for the population. About 10x the wealth of China per person.

    Anyway, even on the day before pay day, you will find restaurants, bars, etc. packed. Hardly on the brink of collapse. Plus, last time I visited the US, *that* was depressing. Japan is nowhere near that bad.

    >And they might be crazy enough to go kamikaze on the Great Wall of China.

    Uhm..??? I'm not sure what this means.

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