- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 13, 2001

Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, an outspoken nationalist and a co-author of "The Japan That Can Say No," wants Japan to cooperate with the United States in developing a national missile defense and says Japan needs to deploy missile-armed warships to counter China and North Korea.
"Japan has capabilities to deploy a reconnaissance satellite," he said. "Japan's cooperation with the United States is quite possible."
This seemed a bit of a shift for Mr. Ishihara, whose book boldly rejected U.S. trade pressure on his country. However, he returned to this economic criticism at a seminar.
At a meeting with Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Mr. Ishihara said the United States should give total military support to Japan based on their bilateral security treaty. Otherwise, he added, the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty has no meaning.
The governor added, however, that this would not require any increase in Japan's military expenditures or personnel.
Mr. Ishihara severely criticized China for its single-party communist rule and accused Japan's giant neighbor of military expansionism.
If China takes possession of Japan's Senkaku Islands, which are rich in oil and other resources, it would have catastrophic effects on Asia, Mr. Ishihara told a forum Monday at the Army-Navy Club organized by the Hudson Institute.
He said China has no alternative to military expansionism because there is no freedom of speech or the press in the country, and dissent is not permitted.
"Expansion that preys on weak countries is objectionable," he said, referring to China's control of Tibet as an invasion.
"Japan needs to defend against invasion," Mr. Ishihara said, adding that China's current military strength is not a threat but may become one in the future.
Mr. Ishihara also talked about North Korea as a threat, saying it is the world's third most advanced country in biological weapons. If North Korea can make deadly anthrax gas, it would create a huge threat to Japan, he added.
Asked about the current state of Japan's economy, Mr. Ishihara said it has more ability to revive its economy than any other nation in the world.


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