Therefore Japan Goes Nuclear, by David Archibald.
Many governments around the world will be viewing the Democratic Party’s lurch to the far left with alarm. Suddenly all the treaties and expectations that have kept the world safe could be null and void, chief of which is mutually assured destruction. A lot of countries didn’t develop nuclear weapons in the 1960s and 1970s because they were assured that a nuclear attack on their territory would result in a nuclear attack on the aggressor by the United States. …
Now the situation is that the worst people in the world have nuclear weapons — the Pakistanis (paid for by the Saudis), the North Koreans, the Iranians, who are said to have a couple of ex-Soviet nukes obtained on the black market if nothing else yet.
For Japan, their number one problem is China’s nuclear weapons. China has proclaimed loud and wide that they own Japan’s Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, and they will not stop at anything less than the four home islands. They want to turn Japan into a vassal state paying tribute. In a conventional war, Japan would most likely win, with or without the United States. But China would take losing badly and would start lobbing nuclear weapons at Japanese cities until Japan tapped the mat. The only reason why China might not do that would be the prospect of an American retaliatory nuclear strike.
That is why Japanese prime ministers keep asking U.S. presidents if the nuclear umbrella is still in place, starting with Prime Minister Eisaku Sato, who asked President Johnson twice — in 1965 and in 1967. In February 2017, President Trump reassured Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of the U.S. nuclear deterrent in an unambiguous statement: “The US commitment to defend Japan through the full range of US military capabilities, both nuclear and conventional, is unwavering.”
Japan has been preparing for the withdrawal of the U.S. nuclear umbrella for some time. … That is why Japan developed its own nuclear reprocessing industry which could be used for a weapons-based program. As a result of that reprocessing, which runs at a loss, Japan has accumulated 47 tons of reactor-grade plutonium. This is useless for making weapons because its Pu240 content is too high at about 20%. Weapons-grade plutonium has a Pu240 content of 7% or less. Japan did have 300 kg of weapons-grade plutonium the United States had lent them in the 1960s. That would have been enough for 50 fifty-kiloton weapons (assuming that they were tritium-boosted). China was agitated by this and so the Obama regime insisted on its return in 2014. One cheap way of helping keep the peace in Asia would be to send those 300 kg back to Japan.
The Obama regime had also considered a No First Use policy for nuclear weapons in 2016, meaning that the United States would not respond to an attack that wasn’t on U.S. soil. Japan was agitated by that because it meant that their nuclear shield would be down.