October 11, 2006

TOLDJA:

Abe reaps the benefits from nuclear test fallout (JOSEPH COLEMAN, 10/12/06, The Associated Press

North Korea's nuclear test has made defense a priority for Japan -- and gave a political boost to the nationalist prime minister.

Shinzo Abe took office last month stressing the need for Japan to have a robust defense policy, take a hard line against North Korea, and strengthen its military alliance with the United States.

With the timing of the North Korean test, Abe looks like the man of the moment.


In the meantime, Uncle's got you covered, Patriot missiles believed to have arrived (Japan Times, 10/12/06)
U.S. forces transferred Wednesday what is believed to be missiles for a U.S.-led missile defense system from a freighter in Urama, Okinawa, to the U.S. Air Force Kadena Ammunition Storage Area in the prefecture.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 11, 2006 8:54 PM
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