4/19 Japan - US "Alliance of Subordination": Critical for U.S. to Beat China

NOTE: CHINA, MAJOR U.S. CAPITALIST RIVAL & GLOBAL HEGEMONY LYNCHPIN, IS ALWAYS IN ITS GEOSTRATEGIC CONTEXTUAL CROSSHAIRS
"...a stable and prosperous Japan is the key to U.S. security interests in Asia..."
#Assist the Japanese leadership. The Bush Administration should assemble a group of key economic and financial advisers to work with their counterparts in Japan to assist in financial reform. This group can provide key lessons learned from America's own savings and loan crisis in the 1980s and assist in the technical aspects of implementing new policies.
# Communicate U.S. priorities to Japan. The Bush Administration must make clear to the Japanese leadership that Washington will not overlook any lapses in financial, economic, and political reform in exchange for Tokyo's support of the American war on terrorism.
While Japanese support in the war effort is vital, repairing the Japanese economy must take priority; a stable and prosperous Japan is the key to U.S. security interests in Asia.
Addressing the Looming Financial Crisis in Japan, March 26, 2002 by Balbina Hwang, Ph.D. and Brett Schaefer Balbina Y. Hwang is Policy Analyst for Northeast Asia in the Asian Studies Center, and Brett D. Schaefer is Jay Kingham Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs in the Center for International Trade and Economics, at The Heritage Foundation.
http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2002/03/addressing-the-looming-...

China Policy Main Topic for the G-20
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/14/business/global/14summit.htm
The United States and its allies, frustrated in their efforts to pressure China directly to change its economic policies, are seeking to enlist other developing nations in an international campaign that China may find more palatable.At a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 nations on Friday, the United States hopes to advance a set of proposed standards for judging the risks that individual nations pose to the global economy. Those standards could be used by the end of the year to put a spotlight on China for suppressing its currency to keep its exports cheap.Even if the exercise succeeds, the benefits are unlikely to be tangible or clear. The United States and China have wrangled for years over the relative value of their currencies. The Chinese have made modest concessions in recent years, but mostly because of internal concerns about inflation and economic dependence on exports.A senior Treasury official said that it was important for countries to establish shared standards, and in particular to highlight that large deficits and large surpluses were two sides of the same issue and merited the same concern.
The purpose of the standards is not lost on China, which has resisted. In February, the Chinese fought successfully to exclude one important measure, reserves of foreign currencies, from the list of proposed standards. China holds more than $2.85 trillion in foreign currency, the world’s largest reserve. It has pursued an aggressive policy of printing renminbi to buy foreign currencies, lifting the value of those currencies and holding down the value of its own. Earlier this week, a senior Chinese official published an article blasting the standards as a “political tool” intended to make developing nations like China pay for the economic recovery of developed nations like the United States. Li Yong, vice minister of finance, wrote that developed nations were responsible for overprinting their own currencies, driving up the price of commodities and creating inflationary pressures in developing countries. Mr. Li wrote that the real goal of those countries was to increase demand for their own exports. “The issue of external imbalances is a sensitive topic related to the development rights and growth potential of China and other emerging economies, and is another political tool, after the exchange rate, used by developed nations such as the U.S. to curb China’s economic development,” Mr. Li wrote in the article, which was published on the Web site of the finance ministry.
Still, China has shifted slowly in the direction sought by the international community in recent years. China’s policy makers adopted a five-year plan in October that calls for domestic consumption to replace exports as the driver of economic growth. The country also has allowed its currency to appreciate 4.4 percent against the dollar since last June. American officials describe this as an effective increase of 10 percent because the rate of inflation in China is much higher than in the US. The US has embraced an elevated role for the Group of 20 as the primary forum for international economic coordination.
The Group of 7, which previously played that role, is composed of nations with economies driven by consumption, and currencies that float freely in response to demand. The new seats at the table, by contrast, are held mostly by nations like China, India and Brazil that manage their currencies to create a competitive advantage for their exports. There is broad agreement that the unbalanced relationship between those two sets of countries — debtors on the one hand, exporters on the other — is a major fault line that threatens global stability. There is much less agreement about the proper allocation of the economic pain associated with potential solutions... the two sides will meet separately Thursday. Finance ministers from the Group of 7 will consult quietly in Washington. Meanwhile, heads of state from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — the emerging powers known as BRICS — are meeting on the Chinese island of Hainan.
The goal of the current process is to break that controversial issue into manageable pieces. France, the current chairman of the group, has spent this year simply trying to create agreement on the rules for analyzing nations that can be completed by the time heads of state meet in Cannes this fall. Those rules would be used to single out nations that posed the greatest risks for further study. A French official said he hoped there would be “incremental progress” on Friday.

Pornographic snapshots of the declining, desperate world dominator's predatory nature, in their own words
'HUMANITARIAN AID' TO DEEPEN 'ALLIANCE OF DOMINATION'
US, Japan to Create Partnership to Rebuild After Disaster
Announcement made Sunday by US Secretary of State Clinton's on her visit to Tokyo
April 17, 2011 http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Japan-US-Announce-Partnership-to-Reb...
Japan and the United States have agreed to create a public-private partnership, under Tokyo's guidance, to help rebuild communities devastated by last month's magnitude 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami.Businesses, civil society groups and public officials from the United States and Japan are to cooperate to speed the recovery of the region hit hardest by Japan's worst-ever natural disaster in modern times. As a series of perceptible aftershocks continued to rattle Tokyo, Clinton met Sunday with Japan's foreign minister, had tea with the emperor and empress, and then held talks with Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto told the U.S. secretary of state the assistance Washington has provided, including that from American military forces stationed in the country, is greatly appreciated. U.S. forces mobilized 20,000 personnel and nearly 200 aircraft and vessels for relief activities in Japan. The U.S. government has also sent experts from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Energy Department to help Japan deal with the emergency at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.Japan has faced criticism at home and abroad for delayed and opaque information about what has been happening at the damaged facility.The foreign minister pledged the Japanese government would be more forthcoming about the unresolved nuclear crisis, saying Sunday, "...we would like to disclose the information about the situation, as we should, to the international community." Prime Minister Kan, already on shaky political ground before the March 11 earthquake, is facing increasing calls to step down because of a perceived lack of leadership in response to the nuclear disaster.

EX. OF IMPERIALIST 'STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS' INCLUDE MOUNTAINS OF CARROTS FOR ITS PROXIES POWER & PLEASURE
"Strategic Partnership" translation: permanent occupation and domination...
U.S. Presence in Afghanistan After Pullout Unnerve Region
American officials were talking about July 2011 to begin the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Then... talk about transition, gradually handing over control of the war to the Afghans until finally pulling out in 2014. Now in the midst of negotiating what they are calling a Strategic Partnership Declaration far beyond 2014...Critics, including many of Afghanistan’s neighbors, call it the Permanent Bases Agreement....It is a “long-term framework for our bilateral cooperation,” Mrs. Clinton said in a speech to the Asia Society Feb. 18. “In no way should our enduring commitment be misunderstood as a desire by America or our allies to occupy Afghanistan against the will of its people,” Mrs. Clinton said, adding, “We do not seek any permanent American military bases in their country.”... “What we’re discussing is a long-term strategic framework agreement,” said Ashraf Ghani, an adviser to President Hamid Karzai, one of the Afghan negotiators. “The U.S. has many 10- to 25-year-long agreements...” Rangin Dadfar Spanta, national security adviser to Mr. Karzai, said, “We have to convince the Afghan people there is something for us in this”.

US AFRICOM initiative: "Partnership for Integrated Logistics Operations and Tactics" (PILOT)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/africom/4698498377/
ACCRA, Ghana - Brigadier General Hassan Lai, chief of staff of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Standby Force, and Brigadier General Martin, director of U.S. Africa Command's Operations and Logistics directorate panel discussion respond to questions from participants in a three-day course at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre in Accra, Ghana, June 10, 2010. The course was part of a joint Canadian government and U.S. Africa Command initiative called Partnership for Integrated Logistics Operations and Tactics (PILOT), which aims to build long-term operational logistics planning capacity within the African Union Standby Force. (U.S. AFRICOM photo) Visit us at www.africom.mil

African nations like others who know 'partnering' firsthand don't swallow US soft, 'supportive' shit...thus AFRICOM is still based in Germany and considering S. Carolina
What Does Partnering with US AFRICOM Mean?
U.S.: AFRICOM Outside of Africa | STRATFOR "5 May 2008 ... The United States launched AFRICOM in October 2007 to consolidate Pentagon activity in ... The U.S. Navy's Africa Partnership Station program is the kind of operation Pentagon planners will rely on. ..." www.stratfor.com/analysis/u_s_africom_outside_africa

U.S. Africa Command Builds Partnerships, Fosters Self-Sufficiency
U.S. officials counter criticism of new Defense Department command
By David McKeeb USINFO Staff Writer 06 August 2007
Washington –- The precise role the newly created U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) will play is to build on long-standing partnerships to deliver humanitarian assistance and foster self-sufficiency by helping African nations build strong, effective democracies, according to U.S. officials. “We are not at war in Africa, nor do we expect to be,” Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer told senators in an August 1 hearing. “Our embassies and AFRICOM will work in concert to keep it that way.”
The United States monitors potential security threats by dividing its forces into regional combat commands. Despite Africa's many security challenges over the years, attention to the continent was divided among three separate military commands focused on Europe, the Middle East and Asia.“Back in the Cold War, we were spending in the European Command only about 5 percent of our time in Africa. And now it's increasing,” Jonathan Gration, a retired U.S. Air Force major general, told lawmakers. “AFRICOM is a concept that is good, and it needs to happen.”
But since the February announcement of its formation, AFRICOM has been the subject of great concern among many Africa watchers, said Mark Malan, a former South African military officer working on behalf of the Washington-based advocacy group Refugees International. “When the U.S. promotes a combatant military command in terms of development and humanitarianism, Africans will inevitably suspect that the true story is being kept from them,” Malan said. “There is strong fear and apprehension within Africa, within the United States, in Europe and elsewhere that AFRICOM signals the militarization of U.S. engagement in Africa at the expense of developmental and diplomatic interests,” added Stephen Morrison, an Africa expert from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Frazer said these fears are unfounded. Unlike any other military commands, AFRICOM will feature a senior State Department diplomat serving as a deputy and adviser to AFRICOM’s commander, with additional diplomats and aid workers joining military officers at the helm, she added.“It is in many ways the marriage of State's expertise and authorities with the military's resources and security experience, and we are excited about it,” said Frazer. Such a collaborative approach is not new, said Stephen Hess, an assistant administrator with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), who highlighted the close collaboration between his agency and the U.S. military to save lives following disasters and to aid communities in need with civic action products that deliver food, health care, clean water, new schools and other necessities.
“AFRICOM will support, not shape, U.S. foreign policy on the continent,” said Theresa Whelan, deputy assistant secretary for African affairs at the U.S. Defense Department, who added that AFRICOM in many respects is an effort by the United States to “catch up” with rapidly evolving governance and defense institutions in the region, such as the African Union.
“Africa has long been seen as a problem to be solved, a continent of failed states, faltering economies, regional conflicts, and corrupt leadership. This image, though, is a far cry from the Africa of today. With the support of international partners, Africans are slowly but surely instituting democracy and good governance across the continent,” she said.
AFRICOM is another step in this process, but will not bring a large U.S. troop presence to the continent, Whelan said. Currently based in Germany while reviewing hosting offers from several African countries, AFRICOM will not include a complex of large military bases, but rather a small support staff, which will be able to summon forces and equipment as needed.
For decades, the U.S. military has helped train and equip Africa’s militaries, allowing them to take charge of securing their own countries, the wider region through bodies such as the African Union, and around the world, through participation in U.N. peacekeeping missions. Although the structure is new, AFRICOM’s mission will continue to stress the military’s role as a guardian of democratic society that operates under civilian control and respects human rights. “The purpose of AFRICOM is to encourage and support this African leadership and initiative, not to compete with it or to discourage it,” Whelan said. “U.S. security is enhanced when African nations themselves endeavor successfully to address and resolve emerging security issues before they become so serious that they require considerable international resources and intervention to resolve.”
The full text of Frazer's testimony is available on the State Department Web site. Prepared statements from Whelan (PDF, 25KB), Hess (PDF, 34KB), Morrison (PDF, 42KB), Malan (PDF, 43KB), and Gration (PDF, 17KB) are available form the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Web site. For more information on U.S. policies, see Africa: Peace and Security.
(USINFO is produced by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)

Japanese recognition and hatred of the "alliance of subordination" behind US use of more soft power
Japan-U.S. alliance and SDF - Secret pact - ‘US control’ part 5
7/22/10 http://www.japan-press.co.jp/modules/feature_articles/index.php?id=26
U.S. forces in Korea were supposed to give back the right to command wartime operations to Korean troops in 2012. However, the US changed its mind in June and extended the term of command for another three years. The wartime command is a serious matter related to national sovereignty. In Japan, there is no such provision existing between Japan and the United States. In fact, there is – a secret agreement.

peoples' histories of the ongoing struggle against US occupation and domination
U.S. Military in Mainland Japan and Okinawa
Ichiyo Muto, People’s Plan Study Group
http://www.jca.apc.org/ppsg/
http://www.jca.apc.org/wsf_support/2004doc/WSFJapUSBaseRepoFinalAll.html...

Alliance of Subordination:
Where is Japan-U.S. alliance heading? (final Part VI)
September 04,2010, http://www.japan-press.co.jp/modules/feature_articles/index.php?id=41
Since its inception in 1951 to date, the Japan -- U.S. alliance has operated as a lever for military interventionism, having nothing to do with Japan’s defense. Japan turned itself into a U.S. military stronghold initially during the Korean War, then during the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the wars against Iraq and Afghanistan, in which the U.S. forces took the lives of many innocent civilians. Japanese people are forced to bear the cost of this alliance. They have suffered from the expropriation of land, the incessant noise of aircraft, the repeated accidents, and the frequent crimes committed by servicemen... they pay about 60 billion yen every year to comfortably maintain the U.S. forces stationed in Japan.
Okinawans regard this as an injustice and only 7 % support the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty system (Mainichi, Ryukyu Shimpo, opinion poll May 31, 2010). The time has come for the Japanese people to rethink whether or not it is legitimate to continue to pay such costs to maintain the alliance. Obviously, the Japan-U.S. alliance runs counter to the establishment of peace and true security in Asia. At the same time, true peace has yet to be established in Northeast Asia. Then, how should a current for peace be created?
During the Six-Party Talks in regard to North Korea, agreements have been made to establish a non-nuclear Korean Peninsula, and the creation of a structure of peace on the peninsula with a normalization of Japan-North Korea relations. The only way to create peace and mutual security in the region is to resume the Six-Party Talks. Consultations with China between both defense officials are underway as an immediate step to prevent contingencies arising over the sovereignty of the Senkaku Islands in the seas off Okinawa. ASEAN member nations are discussing finding peaceful ways to settle disputes among China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia over the sovereignty of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. In the same way, it is essential for Northeast Asian nations to plan a strategy to turn the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan into a sea of peace. What is more, a fundamental step in peace-building efforts should be to promote disarmament. If Japan takes a position to reduce its military budget which now stands at 5 trillion yen, it can contribute to ending the arms race among Japan, the United States, and China....
Today, military alliances are anachronisms. If peace-building initiatives in Northeast Asia are to progress, a call for abrogating the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty will become more persuasive than ever...Japan with its pacifist Article 9 of the Constitution will be able to take a creative path of security-building only when it moves away from the obsession of upholding the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty as sacrosanct. (End of the serial)

SMOKE CLEARS OVER JAPAN
As Japan faces its worst crisis since World War II, we are reminded of an ancient Japanese myth: A giant catfish in the sea carries the archipelago on its back and causes earthquakes, thus shaking up the balance of wealth and power. As the smoke clears, we begin to see exactly how the 2011 earthquake will shake up Japanese politics, military and energy, well beyond the physical damage. We have all seen footage of this devastating world event. It's important to watch. But the real advantage comes from understanding how the tragedy will go on to affect the big picture, such as Japan's reliance on Persian Gulf oil or its alliance with the U.S.... subscribe to STRATFOR, where a team of geopolitical experts has already laid out how the disaster will affect Japan on the international scene.

"The U.S.-Japan alliance is poised to emerge stronger from March 11"
TOKYO'S TURNING POINT
Michael J. Green
April 9, 2011, http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/67720/michael-j-green/tokyos-turn...
A year after the 1995 Hanshin earthquake, which destroyed much of the port city of Kobe, the national security hawk Ryutaro Hashimoto became prime minister and ushered in a series of new crisis management and national security policies, including the unprecedented expansion of bilateral U.S.-Japan defense planning guidelines to cover challenges from China and North Korea. By enhancing civilian-military cooperation and opening crisis management offices, the reforms begun under Hashimoto and continued under Junichiro Koizumi, who served from 2001 to 2006, led to Japan’s effective response to the March earthquake and tsunami, if not the resulting nuclear crisis. More such reforms are likely to follow in the years ahead as a result of March 11. Japan’s defense budget is less than one percent of its GDP and unlikely to increase significantly in the future, but removing anachronistic constraints on JSDF rules of engagement, interoperability with U.S. forces, and participation in international defense industrial collaboration would give Japan a great deal more defense capability without spending more money.
The U.S.-Japan alliance is also poised to emerge stronger from March 11. Although some initial disconnects plagued the U.S. and Japanese governments’ assessments of the radiation danger from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, the Japanese public seemed overwhelmingly thankful for U.S. assistance. Japanese support for the security relationship with the United States stood consistently at 75 percent before the crisis, and it would not be surprising for that number to increase in the tragedy’s wake. Japan’s reliance on foreign oil will also deepen following the demise of its nuclear power program, reinforcing public and government belief in the U.S.-Japanese alliance and the U.S. ability to protect sea-lanes and Japanese interests as far as the Persian Gulf. Whether these developments ease the long-standing controversy regarding the continued presence of U.S. Marine bases on the island of Okinawa remains to be seen -- one local Okinawan paper dismissed the U.S. military rescue efforts as a “publicity stunt.” But on the national level, the U.S.-Japanese alliance has proved its mettle, and there is no doubt that the people of northern Japan are grateful.
Although Japan’s relationship with the United States is likely to deepen, initial hopes that March 11 might transform Japan’s tense relationship with China are proving short-lived....
Relations between Japan and Russia may improve more as a result of March 11 than those between Japan and China...With the damage wrought on its nuclear power industry by the March tsunami, Japan is now desperate for liquefied natural gas, of which Russia enjoys a large supply. The two countries have used negotiations on gas exports to better strategic relations, which far-thinking leaders in Tokyo and Moscow know are necessary to respond to China’s growing power.
March 11 may also solidify Japan-South Korea relations. The two countries experienced recurring tensions over territorial and historical issues, but relations between the two nations were slowly on the mend prior to March 11, due to a shared anxiety regarding China’s continued diplomatic protection of Kim Jong Il after North Korea’s attacks on the South Korean warship Cheonan and the island of Yeongpyeong last year....
In the wake of March 11, Japan will continue to face constraints on its power imposed by demographics and economic maturation. But power in the international system is also a function of national will -- and developments thus far suggest that that is one area where the destruction of March 11 is likely to yield positive change.

Stratfor Dispatch: Japan's Debt and Reconstruction
http://www.stratfor.com/analysis/20110329-dispatch-japans-debt-and-recon...
The Japanese parliament has approved a new budget for fiscal year 2011. Japan’s fiscal woes have worsened considerably because of the recent earthquake and tsunami and the ensuing nuclear crisis which hasn’t yet played out. It’s a well-known fact that Japan’s fiscal condition is much worse than any other developed country. Their gross debt, nationally, is over 200 percent of their gross domestic product, and even if you take their net debt, it’s the highest in the developed world and it’s over 100 percent. So the Japanese have a debt crisis due to overspending and falling revenues that really has expanded since their 1990 economic crash. Now in 2010, they devised a plan to consolidate their finances and try to get things back in shape after the global recession had really dealt a blow and caused the need for more stimulus packages that worsened that debt. The problem is the earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region has created the need for immediate spending to cover reconstruction costs, recovery and to try to handle also the nuclear crisis. What this means is that when you start piling the extra stimulus packages on top of each other to recover from this crisis, government finances are going to get even worse.
Before the earthquake the political battle circled around the budget and the question of how to raise the consumption tax or do other things in order to start to address the shortfall in finances. However, the earthquake has totally reconfigured that political battle, now the focus is on how reconstruction is going to be administered and the parties are bickering over who will be in control in reconstruction and what kind of concessions the opposition parties can get out of the ruling party in order to have their cooperation, so that the reconstruction and recovery process aren’t deemed to have been bungled by the government.
The major question mark of course is the nuclear crisis which is impacting soil around the plant and has already caused different countries to nix imports of Japanese food from these prefectures, as well as the fact that tap water in Tokyo and other areas have experienced radiation that is above normal levels. It’s not clear yet how bad these radiation levels are going to be, but what is clear is that the political ramifications, especially in Japan where people are very sensitive even before this to nuclear problems. It’s going to be bad and it may involve the public stepping forward and demanding much deeper changes than the typical bureaucratic and company shuffling that it’s inevitable.
This matters because it cuts to the heart of the problem with Japan over the past 20 years which has not only been economic stagnation and rising debt levels, but political indecisiveness and non-stop political wrangling. The question is, will the crisis create the circumstances for a strong leadership to take power and to reform the government institutions...

The Costs of Japan's Tsunami
March 11, 2011, by Sheila A. Smith, Senior CFR Fellow for Japan Studies, http://www.cfr.org/japan/costs-japans-tsunami/p24359
This is likely to be a humanitarian relief operation of epic proportions....Already struggling with a protracted process of political transition, the Japanese government will be sorely tested by this disaster. In 1995, the government response was severely criticized for being too little, too late, when the 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Kobe. But the government response today has been all-out and rapid. The government has mobilized almost ten thousand Self Defense Force personnel, as well as Coast Guard, fire, and disaster response teams in a mammoth disaster relief operation. Hundreds of military aircraft and over sixty ships are already deployed to northern Japan for relief operations. All major highways north have been reserved for emergency use, and various organizations are rapidly consolidating emergency relief supplies. Consultations with U.S. forces stationed in Japan are already underway to organize emergency relief support by them.
The economic impact on Japan's economy will be devastating. The Nikkei stock market has already begun to dip precipitously in the world's third largest economy. The long-term economic blow to a country already struggling to lower its budget deficit, which is now close to 10 percent of the GDP, will be significant. The 1995 earthquake in Kobe cost Japan $132 billion in damage and was the world's most expensive natural disaster.
One other concern is potential danger from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in north-central Japan, and an emergency evacuation has been ordered for those within three kilometers of the facility. While all Japanese nuclear facilities across the country have reportedly shut down automatically, and at this time there seems to be no danger, the government declared a nuclear safety emergency as a precaution. The United States has mobilized additional military support to assist the Japanese government effort... The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan changed course to bring helicopter and other support in case of a Japanese government request for assistance. Likewise, three U.S. Navy warships already in Asia are readying in anticipation of humanitarian assistance.

Japan, the Persian Gulf and Energy
March 15, 2011 http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/20110314-japan-persian-gulf-energy
...Japan is the world’s third-largest economy, a bit behind China now. It is also the third-largest industrial economy, behind only the United States and China.....For Japan, a country that went to war with the United States over energy in 1941 and was devastated as a result, this was no small thing. Japan had a safety net. The destruction of a series of nuclear reactors not only creates energy shortages and fear of radiation; it also drives home the profound and very real vulnerability underlying all of Japan’s success. Japan does not control the source of its oil, it does not control the sea lanes over which coal and other minerals travel, and it cannot be certain that its nuclear reactors will not suddenly be destroyed. To the extent that economics and politics are psychological, this is a huge blow. Japan lives in constant danger, both from nature and from geopolitics. What the earthquake drove home was just how profound and how dangerous Japan’s world is. It is difficult to imagine another industrial economy as inherently insecure as Japan’s. Japan’s problem is that its enormous industrial plant is built in a country almost totally devoid of mineral resources. It must import virtually all of the metals and energy that it uses to manufacture industrial products. It maintains stockpiles, but should those stockpiles be depleted and no new imports arrive, Japan stops being an industrial power.
There are multiple sources for many of the metals Japan imports, so that if supplies stop flowing from one place it can get them from other places. The geography of oil is more limited. In order to access the amount of oil Japan needs, the only place to get it is the Persian Gulf. The geography of the Persian Gulf is extraordinary. It is a narrow body of water opening into a narrow channel through the Strait of Hormuz. Any diminution of the flow from any source in the region, let alone the complete closure of the Strait of Hormuz, would have profound implications for the global economy. For Japan it could mean being unable to secure the amount of oil needed at any price. The movement of tankers, the limits on port facilities and long-term contracts that commit oil to other places could make it impossible for Japan to physically secure the oil it needs to run its industrial plant. On an extended basis, this would draw down reserves and constrain Japan’s economy dramatically...

Japan to build navy base in Djibout, Horn of Africa
5/11/10 http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2010/05/11/Japan-to-b...
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti, May 11 (UPI) -- Japan plans to establish a $40 million strategic naval base in the Horn of Africa state of Djibouti, its first overseas military base since the Second World War, where U.S. and French forces are deployed... The new base is expected to be completed in 2011 and will include an airfield for Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft of Japan's military and a permanent port facility. Japanese personnel are currently housed in accommodations rented from the U.S. base at Camp Lemmonier, a former French Foreign Legion installation near Djibouti's airport. The camp, the only U.S. military base in Africa, is occupied by the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, a counter-terrorism force deployed there after the Sept. 11, 2001
China, which also has several warships attached to the international fleet, has also expressed interest in establish a naval base in the Gulf of Aden. As with the Japanese, resupply and maintenance is difficult because of the vast distances between the region and their ships' home ports. Japanese naval units, including missile destroyers and maritime patrol planes have been operating in the Gulf of Aden since 2009.

predictable US divide to conquer m.o.
Deteriorating Political Atmosphere in Djibouti Sparks Turmoil
6/8/10 United Business Media: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/deteriorating-political-atmosphe...
New developments in the strategically important Republic of Djibouti underscore the deepening political crisis that threatens the security and stability of the volatile Horn of Africa sub-region as a whole. Djibouti, which hosts American and French military bases, is undergoing internal upheaval unseen in the country's 33 years of independence....During his first Africa trip, U.S. President Barack Obama said: "Make no mistake: history is on the side of these brave Africans, and not with those who use coups or change Constitutions to stay in power. Africa doesn't need strongmen, it needs strong institutions."...Djibouti entered into new agreements with the U.S. and with Japan for a new military base... President Guelleh's cozy relations including defense ties with the Iranian regime places the Republic of Djibouti at a dangerous crossroads with its Western allies...The international community must act today to save Djibouti and the Horn of Africa before it's too late.

Japan's nuclear bombers have practice using, when not manufacturing, 'natural' disasters - from Katrina to Pakistan, Indonesia, Haiti and Africa - to their imperialist advantage
The gall of ghouls whose media has systematically undermined the Japanese government and peoples' confidence in it while US worked to deepen domination 'partnership'
4/18/11
TOP NEWS
Tokyo Utility Lays Out Plan for Its Reactors
As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited, Tokyo Electric said it hoped to stabilize the reactor. In a show of support, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton flew to Japan on Sunday from Seoul, South Korea, becoming the most senior American official to visit since the disaster. She told Japan’s foreign minister, Takeaki Matsumoto, that her visit reflected “our very strong bonds of friendship that go very deep into the hearts of our people.” Mrs. Clinton said the United States was “doing everything we can to support Japan, and we have very good cooperation.” ...
Mrs. Clinton’s visit followed several weeks in which the United States indirectly criticized Japan’s response to the nuclear disaster

NB: coming from the primary source of global political - economic crises, about its most feared rival who could sink the US ship if it called in trillions of debt
Inflation in China Poses Big Threat to Global Trade
Inflation endangers China's status as the low-cost workshop for the world and poses risks for companies and resource-rich countries that have been counting on it for growth.

2/17/10 Obama Announcement Drives Up Japanese Nuclear Reactor Makers
DailyFinance: http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/investing/obama-announcement-drives-up...
In Japan, shares of Toshiba Corp. surged 6.3% after President Obama told an audience he endorsed nuclear power and has earmarked $8.3 billion for the construction of two nuclear power plants. If approved, the contract would go to Southern Co. and its partners, which would build reactors designed by Westinghouse, a unit of Japanese company Toshiba -- that helped build the first nuclear power plants in America. According to The New York Times, there are now 104 nuclear reactors in the U.S., but a new plant has not been constructed since 1973. Japan, a country with extremely limited local energy resources, operates 55 nuclear reactors, has two more under construction, and even more in the planning stages.

nuclear war...no problem, pacifier's in the war dept. pipeline
US Developing Radiation Sickness Drug
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/US-Deveoping-Radiation-Sickness-...
Researchers are developing a drug that can both prevent and repair human cell damage from all types of radiation exposure. 'Ex-Rad' could be used before or after exposure. Such a healing medication has the potential to lessen panic and fear generated by catastrophic reactor accidents. Plant workers trying to make repairs near a crippled reactor's radioactive core might be less fearful if they could take a pill to repair their own radiation-damaged cells... the CEO of U.S. drug research firm Onconova, says such a wonder drug in the works. The company is collaborating on the drug, called Ex-Rad, with scientists at U.S. Defense Department research laboratory.

3/13/11 GE, the largest U.S.-based reactor builder, focused on the situation at the reactor in Fukushima weren’t available to comment on the outlook for the industry, Michael Tetuan, a spokesman for the Fairfield, Connecticut-based company, said in an e-mailed message. “In general, our business is going very well, but the situation in Japan is troubling,” said Vaughn Gilbert, a spokesman for Toshiba Corp. (6502)’s Westinghouse nuclear unit... Damaged Japanese Daiichi reactor, designed by General Electric Co. (GE) is similar to units running in the U.S....Preliminary construction has begun on new reactors in Georgia and South Carolina, where state regulators allow companies to recover the cost of reactors as they are built http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-13/nuclear-renaissance-threatened-...

Leader for fnance capitalist war on the 'homefront' too
“He understands what it takes for America to compete in the global economy,” Mr. Obama said
G.E. Strategies Lets It Avoid Taxes
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/business/economy/25tax.htm
.. President Obama appointed G.E.’s chief executive, Jeffrey R. Immelt, as his liaison to the business community and the chairman of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, expected to discuss corporate taxes. “He understands what it takes for America to compete in the global economy,” Mr. Obama said on his appointment in January...Since 2002, the company has eliminated a fifth of its work force in the US, while increasing overseas employment. In that time, G.E.’s accumulated offshore profits have risen to $92 billion from $15 billion... President Obama has said he is considering an overhaul of the corporate tax system...
General Electric, the nation’s largest corporation, in 2010, reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States. American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion. Because GE Capital, has provided more than half of the company’s profit in recent years, many Wall Street analysts view
G.E. not as a manufacturer but an unregulated lender that also makes machines. Industrial, commercial and medical equipment like power plant turbines, jet engines, nuclear energy projects like the troubled plant in Japan, (ed: 23 in US)...account for about 50 percent...
G.E. has spent tens of millions of dollars to push changes in tax law... the most lucrative of these measures allows G.E. to operate a vast leasing and lending business abroad with profits that face little foreign taxes and no American taxes as long as the money remains overseas. The assortment of tax breaks G.E. has won in Washington has provided a significant short-term gain for the company’s executives and shareholders. While the financial crisis led G.E. to post a loss in the United States in 2009, regulatory filings show in the last five years, G.E. has accumulated $26 billion in American profits, and received a net tax benefit from the I.R.S. of $4.1 billion...in the late 1990s. G.E. and other financial services firms won a change in tax law allowing multinationals to avoid taxes on some banking and insurance income...if G.E. financed the sale of a jet engine or generator in Ireland, for example, the company would no longer have to pay American tax on the interest income as long as the profits remained offshore. Known as active financing, the tax break proved beneficial for investment banks, brokerage firms, auto and farm equipment companies, and lenders like GE Capital. This tax break allowed G.E. to avoid taxes on lending income from abroad, and permitted the company to amass tax credits, write-offs and depreciation. Those benefits are then used to offset taxes on its American manufacturing profits. G.E. ramped up its lending business.

Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
"Welcome to the nuclear power information site of Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. Unit No. 3 currently under construction at the Shimane Nuclear Power Plant ..." www.hitachi-hgne.co.jp/en/
Major subsidiaries: * Hitachi America, Ltd. * Hitachi Asia Ltd. * Hitachi (China) Ltd. * Hitachi Europe Ltd. * Hitachi, Ltd. (Japan HQ)
General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt said the company would offer technical assistance to joint venture [JV] partner Hitachi, which operates older technology reactors built by GE that was already involved in an accident at a Japanese nuclear plant after cooling systems there failed.
Upcoming Investor Events * Thursday, April 21, 2011, 8:30a.m. ET
GE 1st Quarter 2011 Earnings Webcast Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO - GE; Keith Sherin, Vice Chairman and CFO - GE; and Trevor Schauenberg, VP Investor Communications - to discuss 1st quarter 2011 results. http://www.ge.com/investors/

General Electric-designed reactors in Fukushima and 23 in U.S.
Update: On Monday, GE Hitachi Nuclear sent the following statement, in full: "The BWR Mark 1 reactor is the industry’s workhorse with a proven track record of safety and reliability for more than 40 years. Today, there are 32 BWR Mark 1 reactors operating as designed worldwide. There has never been a breach of a Mark 1 containment system."
GE spokesman, Michael Tetuan, referred all questions to the Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry trade and lobbying group...
The General Electric-designed nuclear reactors involved in the Japanese emergency are very similar to 23 reactors in use in the United States, according to Nuclear Regulatory Commission records. The NRC database of nuclear power plants shows that 23 of the 104 nuclear plants in the U.S. are GE boiling-water reactors with GE's Mark I systems for containing radioactivity, the same containment system used by the reactors in trouble at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. The U.S. reactors are in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Vermont. In addition, 12 reactors in the U.S. have the later Mark II or Mark III containment system from GE. These 12 are in Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington state. See full list below....
http://openchannel.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/03/13/6256121-general-electr...
(General Electric is a parent company of msnbc.com through GE's 49 percent stake in NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal and Microsoft are equal partners in msnbc.com.) and related services...

1/15/09 Marking another milestone, third GE H System* power island (H System) arrived at Tokyo Electric Power ...
“[Tokyo Electric Power Co.] TEPCO, the largest private electric power company in the world, has been one of our most important customers for many years, and a strong supporter of GE gas turbine technology,” said Steve Bolze, president and CEO of GE Energy’s Water and Power business. “With the H and earlier installations of our E and F-class gas turbines, the Futtsu site is a global showcase for GE gas turbine technology.” www.gepower.com/prod_serv/products/gas_turbines_cc/en/downloads/GEs_Most......
As of 2009, TEPCO has a generating capacity of around 60GW, produced by fossil fuel, nuclear and hydroelectric power. The company holds stakes in power plants in China, India and Southeast Asia and also has interests in electrical engineering and telecommunications. http://www.power-technology.com/projects/yokohama/

2/2/10 Toshiba JSW Turbine and Generator Pvt. Ltd. (Toshiba JSW), joint venture [JV] between Toshiba Corporation and JSW Group, to invest approximately US$160 million in the plant and its manufacturing equipment and essential facilities, including waste-treatment facilities, over the five years from fiscal year 2009. Toshiba JSW was established in September 2008, and is expected to start operation in January 2011. http://machinist.in/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2561&Itemi...

Hiroshima & Nagasaki, the worst state terrorist attacks in history to keep the SU, then major US global rival out of Asia
August 6, 1945, US bombed Hiroshima with the nuclear weapon "Little Boy", August 9, 1945 it bombed Nagasaki with the "Fat Man" nuclear bomb.

"We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. This weapon is to be used against Japan ... so that military objectives and soldiers and sailors are the target and not women and children. Even if the Japs are savages, ruthless, merciless and fanatic, we as the leader of the world for the common welfare cannot drop that terrible bomb on the old capital or the new... It seems to be the most terrible thing ever discovered, but it can be made the most useful."
President Harry S. Truman, Diary, July 25, 1945

US decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ... to kick-start the Cold War against the Soviet Union
http://www.thewe.cc/weplanet/news/asia/japan/hiroshima_cover_up.htm
July 21, the British New Scientist magazine undermined this chorus when it reported that two historians had uncovered evidence revealing that “the US decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ... was meant to kick-start the Cold War [against the Soviet Union, rather than end the Second World War”.Peter Kuznick, director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at the American University in Washington stated that US President Harry Truman's decision to blast the cities “was not just a war crime, it was a crime against humanity”. With Mark Selden, a historian from Cornell University in New York, Kuznick studied the diplomatic archives of the US, Japan and the USSR. They found that three days before Hiroshima, Truman agreed at a meeting that Japan was “looking for peace”. His senior generals and political advisers told him there was no need to use the A-bomb....

Opposition to using the atomic bombs
http://www.doug-long.com/quotes.htm
"...the Japanese were prepared to negotiate all the way from February 1945...up to and before the time the atomic bombs were dropped..." (Gar Alperovitz, The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb, pg. 635)... William Donovan, director of the OSS, sent a memo to Truman on 31 May, stating that Japan was ready to cease hostilities if it could keep its "home islands". A 12 July message, intercepted just before Potsdam, showed that the Japanese emperor himself had decided to intervene to attempt to end the war. In his private journal, Truman described it as the "telegram from [Jap Emperor asking for peace."...Eisenhower records telling Stimson "Japan was already defeated and dropping the bombs was completely unnecessary" (- Dwight Eisenhower, Mandate For Change, pg. 380) ...Admiral William D Leahy opined "the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender" (William Leahy, I Was There, pg. 441)...Secretary of State-designate Byrnes "our possessing and demonstrating the bomb would make Russia more manageable in Europe"... Brigadier Gen. Carter Clarke, military intelligence officer in charge of preparing intercepted Japanese cables - the MAGIC summaries - for Truman and his advisors: "...we didn't need to do it, and we knew we didn't need to do it, and they knew that we knew we didn't need to do it, we used them as an experiment for two atomic bombs." (Gar Alperovitz, ibid)

Prison for Peacemakers in Tacoma, Washington
3/28/11Two grandmothers, two priests and a nun sentenced in federal court in Tacoma, WA for confronting hundreds of US nuclear weapons stockpiled for use by Trident submarines.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27789.htm

U.S. NUCLEAR WAR HANDS STILL AT IT
NTI Nuclear Threat Initiative WORKING TO REDUCE GLOBAL THREATS FROM NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL WEAPONS
NTI is co-chaired by Ted Turner and Sam Nunn. The Nuclear Security Project started with the January 4, 2007 Wall Street Journal op-ed by former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and former Senator Sam Nunn. All four are leading the Project and NTI serves as the Project Secretariat.
Securing the Bomb 2008, commissioned by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, finds that the world still faces a "very real" risk that terrorists could get a nuclear bomb. The Obama Administration must make reducing that risk a top priority of U.S. security policy and diplomacy, according to the report, which is accompanied by a paper offering a specific agenda for the presidential transition and the opening weeks of the new administration.
Read the Executive Summary (319KB) or the Full Report (1.28MB)
Read "Preventing Nuclear Terrorism: An Agenda for the Next President"
http://www.nti.org/index.php

NTI Nuclear Threat Initiative
...Vocabulary Pitfalls in Outlining Nuclear Objectives
http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/siteservices/print_friendly.php?ID...
By Elaine M. Grossman Global Security Newswire, Sept. 18, 2009
U.S. President Barack Obama's national security team is struggling to choose its words carefully in describing how it intends to maintain a viable nuclear deterrent into the future, according to a senior Defense Department official (see GSN, Aug. 27). (Sep. 18) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, shown yesterday, is leading the Obama administration's Nuclear Posture Review. The wording of fact sheets describing the review has come under scrutiny.
Even before the Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review concludes late this year, policy leaders are encountering rhetorical land mines as they parse Obama's stated objective of keeping the arsenal "effective" or "reliable"...
A Defense Department document describing the review's approach to arms control and deterrence -- released Aug. 6 to issue specialists -- states that the nation "will maintain a safe, secure and effective arsenal to deter any adversary, and guarantee that defense to our allies." This wording echoes precisely Obama's April speech in Prague...His White House will reduce the size of the arsenal and seek to decrease the role these weapons play in international security. For the time being, though, the US "will maintain a safe, secure and effective arsenal to deter any adversary, and guarantee that defense to our allies," he said. However, a second Pentagon fact sheet also released on Aug. 6, providing general background on the nuclear review, adds the word "reliable" to its description of the future posture. The United States, it said, would "maintain a safe, secure, effective and reliable nuclear deterrent."
Some nuclear arms experts see the difference as something more than semantics.... The Nuclear Posture Review is expected to maintain multiple warhead designs as a guard against the possibility of discovering a chink in the armor...."the plain meaning of Obama's [Prague speech] sentence is to admit the possibility of an 'effective' arsenal that does not make a fetish of reliability."
The United States is now involved in a massive program to overhaul its nuclear arsenal. In fact they're working to replace every nuclear warhead and all of the existing delivery systems in the arsenal to ensure prompt precision global strike capabilities.
The United states has drawn up a battle plan for the potential use of nuclear weapons in Iraq and the United States has been involved in planning potential nuclear use scenarios for Iran.
The United States has conducted 1,127 nuclear and thermonuclear tests — 217 in the atmosphere
Jackie Cabasso — Western States Legal Foundation
http://www.thewe.cc/weplanet/news/asia/japan/hiroshima_cover_up.htm
The Soviet Union/ Russia 969 tests — 219 in the atmosphere.
France, 210 tests, 50 in the atmosphere.
The United Kingdom, 45 tests — 21 in the atmosphere.
China, 45 tests — 23 in the atmosphere.
India and Pakistan — 13 tests underground.
Israel — possible 1 test atmosphere South Africa 1979.
North Korea — 1 test underground, October 2006.

US to Develop New Hydrogen Bomb
March 2, 2007, Los Angeles Times by Ralph Vartabedian
The US Energy Department announced a contract to develop the US nation first new hydrogen bomb in two decades, involving a collaboration between three national weapons laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, San Francisco, Los Alamos and Sandia labs, New Mexico. Teams of scientists in California and New Mexico have been working since last year to develop the new bomb, using the world's most powerful supercomputers.

US Spent Nuclear Fuel Largest Concentration Of Radioactivity On Planet
3/26/11 http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&I...
from Real News Earthbeat interview with Bob Alvarez, a nuclear policy specialist since 1975 and a former policy adviser under the Clinton Administration in the Department of Energy.
The Fukushima reactors contain about 100 metric tons. Spent fuel pools in the United States contain as much as 500, 600, 700 metric tons. US stores spent nuclear fuel rods at 4 times pool capacity, has 71,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel not properly protected The U.S. Hiroshima atomic bomb created about 2000 curies of radioactivity...spent fuel pools at Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant (U.S.) hold about 75 million curies.” ...

KHS's article contains extensive historical and technical information
Lifting the Veil of Nuclear Catastrophe and cover-up
by Keith Harmon Snow
3/18/11 http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23764
http://www.consciousbeingalliance.com/
...The U.S. nuke industry is blaming Japanese experts, distancing itself from the monster it created. Instead of sending nuclear or health experts to assist the Japanese people in their time of desperate need, US President Barack Obama first sent teams of intelligence agents and FEMA trained military grunts with special security clearances. The Pentagon floated a naval strike force led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan off the coast of Japan: advertised as a 'humanitarian' operation, the strike force was repositioned after it was partially irradiated. Can we trust officials and the corporate news media to tell us what is happening in an honest, timely, transparent manner? Are there precedents to the nuclear crisis in Japan? What is the U.S.really concerned with here?..."I repeat, there was and will *not* be any significant release of radioactivity from the damaged Japanese reactors," wrote Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Dr. Joseph Oehmen on March 13. "By 'significant' I mean a level of radiation of more than what you would receive on -- say -- a long distance flight, or drinking a glass of beer that comes from certain areas with high levels of natural background radiation."
So begins a recent U.S. business sector article titled You Can Stop Worrying About A Radiation Disaster in Japan -- Here's Why, published four days after the earthquake struck in Japan. It has already proved false. Properly understood for what it is...an arrogant attempt to belittle the truth and influence public opinion, the article provides an example of the rampant industry disinformation... The post went viral, republished widely.
The You Can Stop Worrying "article" first appeared as a reader's comment posted following the Business Insider journal story Japan Death Toll Climbs Astronomically As Nuclear Crises Intensifies, itself republished and retitled as New York Times feature March 13. At first glance, the two Business Insider stories couldn't be further apart in their general themes: You Can Stop Worrying, which translates to, calm down, don't get hysterical, pay no attention to those anti-nuclear fanatics who think that even microwave ovens will kill you, versus the Death Toll Climbs Astronomically feature, which for all practical purposes we can translate to Holy shit, brother! Run for your life! Duck and Cover! However, both stories serve the global media disinformation campaign... most of the reportage.. .based in money, greed, private profits and loss...mostly talking about people NOT... about who lives or dies...but financial balance sheets, corporate images, retirement portfolios, and the fall of the Nikkei Index and Dow Jones trading they drool over. ... the events in Japan, no matter how alarming, should not be allowed to interrupt the "nuclear renaissance" touted by U.S. President Barrack Obama...

The proponents of nuclear power use all kinds of disinformation and tactics to protect the industry -- compelling the nuclear complex to arm guards to 'protect' these secrets and to 'protect' civilian reactors. It is not only 'terrorists' the nuclear establishment seeks to protect us from: the armed guards and classified documents are to prevent the public from learning the truth about the destruction of documents, the disappearing of evidence, the falsification of reports and records, the calculated fudging of risk and safety assessments. There have been countless exposes, such as Daniel Ford's 1982 book The Cult of the Atom: The Secret Papers of the Atomic Energy Commission.

CNN's nuclear consultant, Dr. Jim Walsh, an expert in international security and a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Security Studies Program (SSP) -- which also shares U.S. special forces as 'research fellows'. He is published and selected as the chosen expert by the major U.S. and European media. Dr. Jim Walsh is the former Executive Director of the Managing the Atom project at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a visiting scholar at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory -- one of our Department of Energy SUPERFUND sites, deep down the dark [nuclear] rabbit hole. Dr. Jim Walsh is another government spook.

KHS http://www.allthingspass.com/services.html Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering, with honors from the University of Massachusetts. Before 1990 I worked in low-level classified programs at GE Aerospace Electronics Laboratories: communications, radar and missile guidance systems for Ronald Reagan's infamous Star Wars (Strategic Defence Initiative) programs. From 1990 to 1993 taught English at Japan's big Soga Shosa (trading houses) Mitsubishi and Sumitomo Corporations...Began career as a journalist by looking deeply into the rabbit-hole of nuclear power from 1993 to 2000. I visited the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Public Document Rooms -- which have since been closed in many places -- where I read thousands of microfilms and scanned microfiche records and excavated documents, visited nuke plants in New England and industry conferences, interviewed officials and attended boring, sometimes secretive public meetings with the most stifling and unimaginative bureaucrats and engineers (like me) searching for the truth. Since then, reported on regulatory corruption, technical failures, undemocratic initiatives to betray the public trust, accumulating radiation and nuclear poisons -- and the ways mass media supported and perpetuated mythology.

Project Seal: Tsunami bomb NZ's devastating war secret
9/25/1999 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=14727
http://www.wanttoknow.info/documents/project_seal.pdf
Top-secret wartime experiments laying a pattern of explosives underwater to create a tsunami were conducted off the coast of Auckland to perfect a tidal wave bomb, declassified files reveal. An Auckland University professor seconded to the Army set off a series of underwater explosions triggering mini-tidal waves in the Pacific at Whangaparaoa in 1944 and 1945. Details of the tsunami bomb, known as Project Seal, are contained in 53-year-old documents released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. United States defence chiefs said if the project had been completed before the end of the war it could have played a role as effective as that of the atom bomb. Details of the tsunami bomb, Project Seal, are contained in 53-year-old documents released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.Papers stamped "top secret" show US and British military were eager for Seal to be developed in the post-war years too to...see if US nuclear tests had any application to his work...a member of the US board of assessors of atomic tests, Dr Karl Compton, was sent to New Zealand. "Dr Compton is impressed with Professor Leech's deductions on the Seal project and is prepared to recommend to the Joint Chiefs of Staff that all technical data from the test relevant to the Seal project should be made available to the New Zealand Government for further study by Professor Leech," said a July 1946 letter from Washington to Wellington...Though high-ranking NZ and US officers spoke out in support of the research, no details of it were released because the work was on-going.

US navy faces up to a new enemy – climate change
10 March 2011 http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20228-us-navy-faces-up-to-a-new-en...
In 2009, chief of naval operations Gary Roughead commissioned the NRC to study the national security implications of climate change for the US navy. The results of that study, published today, conclude that the Arctic is a key challenge for the US – one of five countries with territory inside the Arctic circle.The Pentagon 2010 Quadrennial Defence Review Report says a changing climate will be a significant influence on the future security environment. A survey for last year's quadrennial review found that 56 of the 103 navy bases responders would be vulnerable to a 1-metre rise in sea level, which the panel considers likely by the end of this century. The report says these facilities are worth about $100 billion, and encourages the navy to identify which are at most risk from storm surges and sea-level rise, take steps to defend them, and develop models to predict future risks.

HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program)
HAARP is not designed to be an operational system for military purposes. The HAARP specifications were developed by a consortium of universities to meet the requirements for a world-class research facility and an expanded group of universities are playing a major role in the design of future research efforts.The HAARP facility will be used for basic and applied plasma physics and Radio Science research related to the study of the Earth's ionosphere. Because the DoD operates numerous communication and navigation systems whose signals either depend on reflection from the ionosphere or must pass through the ionosphere to satellites, there is obvious DoD interest in understanding the ionosphere's effect on these systems to improve their reliability and performance. Greater understanding of the physics of the ionosphere are expected to result in improvements to commercial applications, such as GPS and LEO communication satellites whose performance is often significantly affected by random ionospheric variations.

Resolution on the environment, security and foreign policy
A4-0005/1999 The European Parliament, Minutes of 28/01/1999
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/pv2/pv2?
...Considers HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Project) by virtue of its far-reaching impact on the environment to be a global concern and calls for its legal, ecological and ethical implications to be examined by an international independent body before any further research and testing; regrets the repeated refusal of the United States Administration to send anyone in person to give evidence to the public hearing or any subsequent meeting held by its competent committee into the environmental and public risks connected with the HAARP programme

Washington's New World Order Weapons Have the Ability to Trigger Climate Change
by Michel Chossudovsky, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG), globalresearch.ca,
4 January 2002 http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO201A.html