Why is Japan Fortifying its Small Islands, and why is it such a big deal? | Foreign Correspondent

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After decades of peace, Japan is now confronting the possibility of war. With concerns over a resurgent Russia, North Korea and crucially, a more powerful China in the region, Japan is embarking on its biggest military spend since the Second World War. Subscribe: ab.co/3yqPOZ5
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On Foreign Correspondent, reporter James Oaten has gained unique access to the Japanese military as it fortifies its remote southwest islands with new military bases. The popular tourist destination of Ishigaki, an island that is closer to Taiwan than Tokyo will soon be home to hundreds of soldiers, stockpiles of ammunition and missiles that could one day strike mainland China. The local farming and fishing community is divided over the base, and what it means for their idyllic way of life. The population paid a high price in the dying days of World War 2, fuelling fears that they will once again become a target.
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Jan Sandman
Jan Sandman 3 ай бұрын
The sad thing about reality that most civilians don't understand is that peace cannot be achieved without a show of force, and it's a fact that there is nothing around it or something in between. That Japanese guy perfectly says it: "While it's not good to have too much, having nothing at all is a lot worse."
Senatra 3 ай бұрын
that what im thinking and about to said in fact when your country is nearby some bad government run by bad ppl like China, you better have military force all around your country, if not your country will learn it in the hardest way being their neighbor right next to each other for over 2000 years, we the Vietnamese was also hate war just like every civilians, but military is needed to defense our country also current Japan wasn't the ww2 Japan anymore, they value civilians just like every country around the world, no more civilians sacrifice
B S 3 ай бұрын
Peace can only be achieved through nuclear deterrence. A conventional military does very little for deterrence. If japan wants true deterrence they should build SLBMs, nuclear subs and nuclear warheads. This increase in military spending is just stupid since they could get away by spending 0.1% of gdp on maintaining a 300 nuclear warheads. Instead they spend 10-20 times that and gets a small fraction of that deterrence.
Joe Black
Joe Black 23 күн бұрын
As a Taiwanese, it is well understood that our location places us in a strategic position along the first island chains in the Pacific Ocean. As such, we have made preparations to ensure our readiness for any potential scenarios that may arise.
cabrin 21 күн бұрын
Every time I bought something from china I dissatisfied I had a Honda CBF 600 SSD950pro Mercedes Sprinter Dell XPS I never dissatisfied
Roy H
Roy H 18 күн бұрын
Hi joe, im Japanese. we strongly recognize that if something happen to Taiwan, it is also the peril for Japan, we should forge our ties seriously.
Emmanuel Hernandez
Emmanuel Hernandez 18 күн бұрын
​@Roy H to repeat the same war crimes of ww2
far center
far center 3 ай бұрын
Let the world not forget the astounding ability of Japan historically to arm itself to the level of competitive world power in much less time than anyone would assume.
Havel 2 ай бұрын
they got the power of god and anime on their side
Detroit to KC
Detroit to KC 2 ай бұрын
Lets also not forget they are now a western power ally.
Focus 2 ай бұрын
In fact, it seems that they have the technical capability to make a nuclear warhead in a month.
mark vietti
mark vietti 2 ай бұрын
they where monsters in ww2..
Detroit to KC
Detroit to KC 2 ай бұрын
@mark vietti True, better they be on our side than not.
tawara carlos
tawara carlos 22 күн бұрын
sakyou 20 күн бұрын
For Japan's neighbors China, Russia and North Korea, Japan is a gatekeeper at the entrance to the Pacific Ocean. When a great war breaks out, Japan will have to fight regardless of its own wishes. It's just that there is such a reality, and it should be irrelevant to Japanese militarism.
Marino Paolo Marani
Marino Paolo Marani 23 күн бұрын
I hope Japan will be able to protect itself and its magnificent culture
Phill 3 ай бұрын
Sadly for the grandmas, it doesn’t matter if military bases are constructed or not, because in the event of a war, a degree destruction and suffering is almost certainly guaranteed…
Dolores Monton
Dolores Monton 3 ай бұрын
The best thing the japanese government can do is to give assurance to these okinawan people that worse comes to worst that there would be proper evacuation plan for them.
Jordo 3 ай бұрын
@たいが may Japan know eternal peace, if China will's it
pudanielson1 3 ай бұрын
You forget these natives have many grievances against the Japanese military from WW2 and rightfully so.
Sifi 3 ай бұрын
I have been to Ishigaki, Iriomote, Miyakojima and Okinawa. They are absolutely beautiful islands and the people are warm and friendly. Wishing them all the very best.
Chris A
Chris A 2 ай бұрын
Ishigaki can be seen from where I live on a clear day (Hualien). Too bad there is no direct ferry from Taiwan to Japan!
Greg McGee
Greg McGee 2 ай бұрын
My youngest son lived in Japan, married a Japanese wife. Divorced now but I have three grandchildren in Japan and their welfare is my concern.
Greg McGee
Greg McGee 2 ай бұрын
He says he never wants to come back to the USA. He remarried a Korean girl and now it is S.Korea, lol
John Wolf2
John Wolf2 2 ай бұрын
@Chris A Huh? None? Google Earth seems to show a few routes on the map.
peixi 2 ай бұрын
Imagine having a pacifist Japan for over 70 years and now they’re making the biggest effort to fortify their defense force. That’s really indicative how these international tensions are becoming realer by the day. For the people in countries free from threat, all we worry about is our daily struggles from jobs, schools, etc. I’m worried that time will come we will have to take each day as a matter of life or death.
Gnanasabaapati R G
Gnanasabaapati R G 2 ай бұрын
It's china. I am from India and we have been doing the same and we even share a long border with China which they constantly violate and send their forces in.
MrMeepsYT Ай бұрын
​@Gnanasabaapati R G Do you see India standing against China if push comes to shove? I pray for peace and heard about a fight between Indian Soldiers and Chinese soldiers at the border not long ago, great heroes you have serving in your country 🇮🇳 !
Sahil Singh
Sahil Singh 15 күн бұрын
@MrMeepsYT of course we will be standing strong , two of my brothers are officers in the army , we have two veterns in our extended family, i myself wanted to join but due to knock knees i was rejected in medical , there are millions like me who just want to serve my country one way or other....in case of war if conscription is needed i will be the first one to join....till then i will be serving my country through other means [currently doing my masters in economics] though i believe full scale war is unlikely, as china will lose everything even if they win in military terms , there economy will be ruined , families destroyed especially after one child policy and it would be an economic suicide for china , there are no winners in war especially when both sides are heavyweights like india and china....
ElementXCR 2 ай бұрын
I think the soldiers that will move into the newly built military bases would need to try and build good relationships with the local community. Though it would make the area a military target if Japan does get attacked, I think they're more safer than not having one. China is more likely to take over an undefended location than not. Especially if the Island are uninhabited or has a small local population. China already does not respect the other countries' territorial waters. Who's to say that the uninhabited islands are Japan's? That's the question China would ask.
Gaphalor 18 күн бұрын
The thing is soldiers always bring money, the local economy will be thankful and the residents will see it too.
Marcus 18 күн бұрын
That is a great point and I completely agree. The military moving into the new base should strive to establish a healthy relationship with the local community instead of alienating the locals. That way, should things become dire, the locals and the military on the island can work together more coherently.
Schlaudie Skate Co
Schlaudie Skate Co 3 ай бұрын
Man, the stories of those who lived through WW2, both on the US side and Japanese side and even the German side... Those stories are nuts. It was a very very hard time for everyone.
DarkSim77 2 ай бұрын
Worse for Russian side..
J 2 ай бұрын
advanced human uap radiation hazard, advanced non human uap lightning hazard & 2023 global war, global depression & global plague
Raj Lowkie
Raj Lowkie 2 ай бұрын
Even the board games are stressful and not fun when loosing.
Newton 2 ай бұрын
My Grandfather told me about the first world war. The War to end all wars.
Maurice Dent
Maurice Dent 2 ай бұрын
Maybe you need to look into the Australian and British sides suffered in WWII POW camps under Japanese rule, some even survived.
@ferlj3950 20 күн бұрын
God bless to Japan, I really hope we can be relieved by this tension from this countries I'm from Philippines, stay strong and hoping for peace for our people.
ドイツの運転手 3 ай бұрын
Not long ago, many in Japan were of the opinion that war would not occur without bases, and doubts were raised about increasing defense spending. However, the war in Ukraine has drastically changed public opinion. The facts of the Bucha massacre and the missile attack on Kiev changed the Japanese mindset. This shift in public opinion was not only due to the war in Ukraine, but also to the efforts of now deceased Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to strengthen defense capabilities and dispel prejudice against national security.
Bigg Picture
Bigg Picture 3 ай бұрын
@futsuu " @user-gb3je5rv7n" looks like a robot?
Genumi 3 ай бұрын
As a Chinese I was taught that the only language that America understand and respect is power(economy and military). That's why we joined the Korean war and later the Vietnam war. And I fully support Japan in its military build up. Because you should never trust anyone, be it China or America, it's better to trust yourself.
Contingency IBCT
Contingency IBCT 9 күн бұрын
As an American 🇺🇸, I’m proud of Japan 🇯🇵
RH 7 күн бұрын
True. From enemies to allies. We have to get along and make sure no one there in the pacific gets attacked from NK and China. We put too much of an emphasis on Europe due to our historical ties but in reality the biggest issue is not in Europe but in actual Asia because we can see the build up of a potential conflict therefore we have to get Japan and SK ready just in case.
Jangminlun Khongsai
Jangminlun Khongsai 2 ай бұрын
Having military base in all of the small island of Japan is a strategic and important move as unknown sudden attack by enemies will be checked to retaliate .
Michelle Yang
Michelle Yang 2 ай бұрын
Hopefully the military base is for defense purposes
Ninja Turtle
Ninja Turtle 22 күн бұрын
Although I don't think China will invade Japan, their growing desire to break the first, second chain is inevitable. That could lead to further escalation in the region. It's very important for Japan, Taiwan, and US to have a sustainable presence of power balance to counter China and Russia to prevent a war.
Yankee76 2 ай бұрын
We would know from prior experience, the country of Japan has a warriors spirit. I’m impressed with their new developments. United we shall stand, as an alliance. With a policy of peace through strength. Instead of appeasement, which only gives you a choice between fight and surrender. And appeasement is the very thing that led to WW2. Bad things happen whenever good men don’t stand up and say no to the wolves.
Roy Goodhand
Roy Goodhand 11 күн бұрын
Damn straight! Bushido is one of the best defenses known to humanity: Bushido caused the US to use "new weaponry" in order to win WW2 instead of attempting a invasion.
stephen 9789
stephen 9789 5 күн бұрын
Fight or surrender? No middle ground? Am I to understand you actually want WWIII?
Yankee76 5 күн бұрын
@Roy Goodhand We could’ve invaded them, we had major campaigns in three different continents simultaneously. But the casualties would make Hiroshima and Nagasaki look like Childs play. The bomber campaigns that we waged killed more Japanese than the nukes themselves. Let that sink in, and imagine if we invaded the mainland instead. That would also be more casualties on our side. We just wanted the war to be done with, while flipping a middle finger to the Soviet Union.
Yankee76 5 күн бұрын
@stephen 9789 There is no middle ground in appeasement. Alternatively, you can discourage them by showing strength. That’s why no new wars were created during the Trump presidency. He was unpredictable and he wouldn’t f*ck around. He would send missiles to your house if you stepped out of line, and he did that to set an example when one foreign leader was being belligerent.
Yankee76 5 күн бұрын
@stephen 9789 A Syrian dictator, to be more precise.
Francisco Burgos
Francisco Burgos 2 ай бұрын
I feel for that poor granny. What she went through sounds horrible. But still I think they’re better off w a base there to help protect them. True that does make em a target, but without protection, they’re vulnerable to Chinese invasion just bc of their strategic location. I’d rather have the shield of my own military than the sword of a foreign military.
elonwhatever 2 ай бұрын
It's complicated. If war were to break out its guaranteed that Ishigaki will be targeted and occupied, because you cannot ignore an enemy base right on your flank. There is a chance that without the base the island would be ignored. But that essentially means leaving Taiwan to fend for itself, and if the CCP ever decides to take the Japanese island they are open for the taking. Ultimately it's a matter of balancing priorities and cooperating to dissuade Chinese agression
ZombieCSSTutorials 2 ай бұрын
@elonwhatever They seem to be growing food. There's nothing complicated about it, the Chinese would strip that island bare for much needed resources in such an event, base or no base.
stephen 9789
stephen 9789 5 күн бұрын
​@elonwhatever not leaving Taiwan to fend for itself? you're admitting you'd like to drag Japan into war?
elonwhatever 5 күн бұрын
@stephen 9789 that's the wrong question. The question is: would you let China annex other sovereign nations without intervention? By your questioning I'm assuming you would?
stephen 9789
stephen 9789 5 күн бұрын
@elonwhatever Let them annex "other" sovereign nations? What? What nations have they annexed so far? They haven't even annexed Taiwan which isn't even officially sovereign nation. Are you saying their intention is somehow march into Tokyo or Seoul to conquer them or smth?
Traydeesue 3 ай бұрын
As a Taiwanese, I feel a bit sorry for dragging these people into this situation (because the conflict beteween us and China of course). We all want a peaceful life, but unfortunately we have to prepare for the worst. Great report btw
T65Xwing 3 ай бұрын
@chan hoong UN ? LOL
Jaden Irons
Jaden Irons 3 ай бұрын
​@chan hoong Fun fact: there is no mentioning of Taiwan in UN2758.
JawsFan27 3 ай бұрын
@chan hoong bot detected
chan hoong
chan hoong 3 ай бұрын
@Jaden Irons there is. not fun at all. you provide sad fact and cause harm to humanity
Azure Cliff
Azure Cliff 3 ай бұрын
From a global perspective, it would be highly inefficient for each country to shoulder its own increasing military expenditures. Therefore, Japan has a military alliance with the United States. For Australia, working with NATO is the most efficient defense.
Mongkillit D' Fisherman
Mongkillit D' Fisherman 23 күн бұрын
Its also right in the part of Japan to secure its territory and be ready in the incoming threat to cone. Japan is a pacifist but it is the right time to adjust or adopt to the situations around its country
便秘気味なゲオルギーマレンコフ 16 күн бұрын
As a Japanese, I appreciate all your helps. The best thing would be for the world to always be at peace, but all we have learned from history is the sad fact which there will always be wars and battles in the world. If invaders, especially China, North Korea, and Russia try to beat and conquer us, we gotta fight to protect Japan. It is an indisputable fact that 80 years ago we started a war of aggression as a member of the Axis countries. But it can’t be reason that China invades my homeland. I need your help.
Claudia Mitchell
Claudia Mitchell 15 күн бұрын
Hold your ground friend ! 🌸🇺🇸
amikorinable 15 күн бұрын
OMEDETO 3.11 14 күн бұрын
훌륭한 일본인이군. 😊
amikorinable 14 күн бұрын
@Kris Wright I think you're lying. Which country are you referring to?
Kris Wright
Kris Wright 14 күн бұрын
@amikorinable How to you even account fo lying when you dont even know the country referred to?
Shannon Gold
Shannon Gold 3 ай бұрын
Very well done reporting. James and his team did a really great job on this.
Michael Ortega
Michael Ortega 2 ай бұрын
As an update, Japan plans to enter an agreement with the Philippines similar to the visiting forces agreement of the PH with the US. Japan and the Philippines are the 2 closest countries to Taiwan and both are in conflict with bully China with regards to the East and South China seas. AUKUS is also in the line with Australia acquiring new submarines. it is my hope that countries surrounding China like Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia will band together as brother nations against the bully which is China. And there is also India who may also have pivotal role is the conflict at the Indochina region. I believe in the tenet that in order to maintain peace, we should prepare for war.
Yellow Wasp Rakija
Yellow Wasp Rakija 2 ай бұрын
What has China done as a ‘bully’ ? Not being smart I’m genuinely not sure
Luke W
Luke W 2 ай бұрын
I see that as bullying not being bullied
Cindy Nina
Cindy Nina 2 ай бұрын
China is a peaceful country with a history of thousands of years, and has never invaded any Asian country. But is your advocacy of war a reason for China to unify Asia? Qin Shihuang once said that reunification is the best way to achieve peace and eliminate war
Ercan QA
Ercan QA 2 ай бұрын
ordinary People will always suffer no matter if they are pro or against war
Roright 3 ай бұрын
As a Japanese thats for remilitarization, I honestly have to give props to China, Russia and North Korea for giving us the excuse to do so. Not long ago, many left wing politicians were against any type of military build up and even they are now slowly starting to support it. Remilitarizing Japan isn’t even a matter of being conservative or liberal at this point, its a matter of facing the hard reality or hiding away from it thinking this is “peaceful”. The younger Japanese generation realizes this more than the baby boomers.
vtxbox 3 ай бұрын
Well said. I think all Western countries need to heed this warning. Unfortunately, conflict is inevitable, and the best thing to do is get ready for it.
Ron García
Ron García 3 ай бұрын
They always pit Asians against each other when their economy is threatened by an rising Asian country. Honestly it's strategically genius 😅Biggest obstacle to Asia's rise is stubborn pride and emotion
SloVAC 3 ай бұрын
NATO building military bases around the world, coming closer and surrounding independent countries. What a defense, prob you'd better step back and mind your own business. The Kuril Islands belong to Russia. Japan sided with the Reich and lost. That's the deal.
Roright 3 ай бұрын
@SloVAC Yup, this right here is the exact reason why Japan is pushing for remilitarization. Thanks for clarifying it.
Minerva Fallarme
Minerva Fallarme 26 күн бұрын
Japan is one of most peace loving country who strongly opposed war. We pray that all nations settle all misunderstanding in a diplomatic way to avoid war and destructive wars. Love; Peace and Respect is necessary for all humanities. GOD PLEASE HELP US ALL
SkyHighSpirits - Music
SkyHighSpirits - Music 2 ай бұрын
The defenders dilemma is that when you build defences and ramp up your capabilities, the other side will see that and feel threatened, making them do the exact same thing. Thus everything gets more tense and both are closer to conflict.
John Doe
John Doe 2 ай бұрын
yeah but in this case its Japan, Taiwan, US, India, UK, Australia building defences against China, so that doesn't really apply here, this is more similar to an old african saying, which is to "walk silently but carry a big stick" also China clearly will not stop after taking Taiwan as they couldn't even keep their promise about not taking Hong Kong until the treaty was over.
WiggaMachiavelli 2 ай бұрын
You understand the dynamic but not the outcome. Both are FURTHER from conflict.
Jason 2 ай бұрын
My mother’s family is from Ishigaki Okinawa. I have cousins, uncles, aunt’s nieces and nephews there. It’s gut wrenching to think my family members could be exposed to war again.
Scott Stevens
Scott Stevens 2 ай бұрын
It would be terrible. Hopefully these young men, and others like them, can be molded into a deterrent that can placate military aggression in the region.
Gonzalo David Vázquez González
Gonzalo David Vázquez González 2 ай бұрын
Hopefully China driops this expansion campaign
Rocky johnson
Rocky johnson 2 ай бұрын
The bright side is we are on the same side this time :) However I hope this never comes to be. Lets hope our governments take this seriously and build up our military's again with the hope we won't have to use them.
凯歌 胡
凯歌 胡 2 ай бұрын
ひまわりコプター 2 ай бұрын
This was excellent reporting, James. Thank you for collecting a variety of viewpoints and letting them express themselves thoroughly without undue pressure from the reporter. It's probably difficult, but I'd like to see you do a piece from the Chinese perspective someday.
WiggaMachiavelli 2 ай бұрын
He already got the Chinese perspective from the old lady.
North Borneo Tourism
North Borneo Tourism 19 күн бұрын
What is the name of the song at the last one..can i find it in you tube?
黒いドラゴン🇺🇦 2 ай бұрын
If the war really happens, and there are some landing operations from the PRC army, then if I were the inhabitant of this island, I would be afraid of this much more than a potential missile strike. I know what I'm writing about, air raids, potential destruction and possibly even death are not as terrible as an enemy army on your soil. Having entered my country, the Russian army killed and plundered tens of thousands of households. In 2022 March, my house was only 37 kilometers from the front line (range of rocket artillery and almost any missile). Yes, war is super bad thing, but if it is inevitable, then it is better to meet it with weapons in hand.
Gab 3 ай бұрын
Japan is not the only one under threat. The Philippines have island far closer to taiwan than Japan is. That is why Japan and Ph are now working on a defense treaty as well. There is no way Japan and Philippines will not be dragged here even if US has no bases on both countries. This is because of overlapping territorial claims. China is known to exaggerate the claim of their territory. Once Taiwan is taken by China, they will take any island nearby to expand their territory.
Mohsin Shahzad
Mohsin Shahzad 3 ай бұрын
Japanese forgot every thing about america? I cant undestand.but they all cant stop china.
Tiyo Miyo
Tiyo Miyo 3 ай бұрын
I think there's a US base in Okinawa. No US bases left in the Philippines.
NN_OO Germany
NN_OO Germany 3 ай бұрын
@Tiyo Miyo They are building new bases in the north of the Philippines.
Craig Parkin
Craig Parkin 3 ай бұрын
If the islands have defense, it will be attacked in the event of conflict. If they don't and are first in line of invasion, then the locals will be separated from their government, be under control of an invading force(which is likely to be very brutal) and will then be a first target for retaliation by your own government as they need to defend there sovereign land so they can tgen in turn protect the people living there. It's a double edged sword
Sandra Johnson
Sandra Johnson 2 ай бұрын
Kamil Osowski
Kamil Osowski 2 ай бұрын
Somehow I'm not worried about Japan. As far as I remember they are surprisingly good at fortifying small island and defending them to the last. They will be fine cause their fighting spirit and courage are second to none.
Mister Witchett
Mister Witchett 2 ай бұрын
I am happy to see this video. It shows through the interviews the cost of war. As a U.S. Army officer of the U.S. Army Special Forces of 27 years, I understand the cost of war. Though I do not wish for nor do I want war; however, I do recognize to a certain degree the necessary parts and things of and for war.
Shashank Trivedi
Shashank Trivedi 3 ай бұрын
Recently Japanese airforce had conducted military exercise with Indian airforce. Japanese airforce categorically asked Indian airforce to bring its Sukhoi-30 for exercise since Chinese airforce too have Sukhoi-30 and its local variants. Training with Indian airforce's Sukhoi-30 will help them to counter Chinese Sukhoi fighter. Besides Japanese army and Indian army are conducting military training in order to counter China.
Sadhinoor 3 ай бұрын
@ginocapella1181keep dreaming boy
vl hc
vl hc 3 ай бұрын
If you go into combat against AESA equipped J-16s with 2 drone wingmen using tactics against 30 year old Soviet Su-30s, well, good luck.
James Burge
James Burge 3 ай бұрын
Gino Capella India, Japan, Australia plus all of Nato / America can do nothing lmao? North Korea, Russia, and China are mostly talk, sure they have some nukes. Do they even know if they still work???
Shashank Trivedi
Shashank Trivedi 3 ай бұрын
@vl hc mig 21 of Indian airforce downed f16 of Pakistan airforce. Sukhoi 30 successfully dodged amraam missile fired by f16. Never underestimate Indians.
vl hc
vl hc 3 ай бұрын
@Shashank Trivedi Did you down Pakistan's F-16 before or after your pilot got captured, who I presume must have ejected just to get some fresh air Also, you do realize Japan uses AMRAMMs and F-2 aka F-16 clones, claiming they're unable to hit 30 year old Soviet Su-30s isn't exactly good for their chances against much, much more advanced J-16s.
ZamboniBob 3 ай бұрын
Stand strong Japan, I am with you, much love and support from this US citizen.
Mitch Huff
Mitch Huff 3 ай бұрын
Very good documentary it showed all the different sides of the story. We all hope for peace not war but should China ever attack Japan the USA would not hesitate to support Japan. America & Japan will continue to support each other!
Datao 15 күн бұрын
timestamp for the chinese side of the story?
おっさん 2 ай бұрын
I understand the concern that the elderly woman has, but she needs to understand that without a Japanese base on that island, there will be a Chinese base. Japanese liberals try to avoid tensions solely through negotiation, but that has never been successful in history. Even when armed conflict has been avoided through negotiation, it has been because force is behind it. From a Japanese Youth
Niculae Laurentiu
Niculae Laurentiu 9 күн бұрын
That's the rule of this world. Force is the only way. Be it in different ways, diplomatic, economic, military. When we talk about a country like Chine only military force can keep it away.
zhiqiang yang
zhiqiang yang 6 күн бұрын
The war between the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan ended in China's victory. It is also known as the Second Sino-Japanese War. Regarding the start time of this war, it is generally counted from the "Marco Polo Bridge Incident" (July 7th Incident) that occurred on July 7, 1937, and it is called the "Eight Years of Anti-Japanese War". Some historians count from the "September 18th Incident" that occurred on September 18, 1931, which was the beginning of the Anti-Japanese War defined by the term "Fourteen Years of Anti-Japanese War", but the war ended with Japan in 1945. At noon on August 15, until Emperor Showa of Japan broadcast the war-ending edict to the whole country, Japan surrendered.
stephen 9789
stephen 9789 5 күн бұрын
Judging by your demographics you'll be gone with or without the Chinese.
fraponglais77 2 ай бұрын
i remember the magnanimous victory of japan during the russo japanese war etc.a very tiny island to the seat of the world power.we were defeated during WW2 but we dramatically and progressively rose from the ashes like a mighty phoenix.
Tristan Dawson
Tristan Dawson 2 ай бұрын
What an inspiration the old woman is ...she can comment on war and the tragedy and to still be fighting for peace at her age. We should all take notice
Sue Collins
Sue Collins 25 күн бұрын
Tristan Dawson- the old people know what they lost & they don't want that to happen again. Sadly, many of our youth don't know what they could lose.
The88Cheat 3 ай бұрын
I really feel for those Okinawan women. Who wouldn't despise war and do everything within their power to try and stop it after going through what she went through? But there are also geopolitical realities of a powerful and aggressive China. Pacifism doesn't work if only one side is into it.
Jeff K
Jeff K 3 ай бұрын
One way to avoid war is through strength. Weakness can encourage another country to invade you, unfortunately. I support a strong Japan.
EJ 3 ай бұрын
@Jeff K China should know.
Boberto 3 ай бұрын
@Jeff K Me too, as bad as it is for the local Japanese populous! Japan really needs to beef up that military more because war is coming, I'm just as scared as everyone else but let's be honest everyone needs to get ready for the future.
Chenisiky Moh
Chenisiky Moh 3 ай бұрын
those islanders don't know the fact that they are just a collateral damage
Luis Flores
Luis Flores 2 ай бұрын
It is really sad to look at all those marvelous shots of the natural beauty of those islands, and to think of it being desecrated because of another war. I wish we were wiser.
Yubio 9 күн бұрын
If war breaks out there’s no predicting how much it will escalate. I hope those on mainland Japan and in the smaller islands will be able to endure it.
cun7us 2 ай бұрын
Bless that elderly Japanese woman. Older people are only ones who truly understand the ugliness and tragedy of war because they've lived through it. If only more people were like her.
Quasi Motto
Quasi Motto 3 ай бұрын
Setsuko Yamazato is such a beautiful woman and it was truly sad, hearing the pain in her voice and seeing it in her eyes. But I just cannot understand why so many people opt for the "head in the sand" mentality when it comes to dealing with a clear and present danger. She is almost definitely correct about the base(s) on the island becoming a prime target in the event that China decides to attack Taiwan (or Japan). But if there were ZERO American or Japanese bases on Ishigaki, the CCP would STILL have high interest in the island. China would love to establish it's own bases on the island because it's an ideal place from which to attack Taiwan and the southern islands of Japan. And if Chinese bases were established on the island, the treatment that the locals would receive from the Chinese forces would be the worst you could imagine. Anyone that knows the combative history between Japan and China, especially during WW2, can understand how that situation would seem like an excellent opportunity for Chinese soldiers to get revenge on Japanese civilians. Really, the best thing the islanders could do would be to evacuate the island completely if they see that war is imminent.
sgtmyers88 2 ай бұрын
spot on
Quasi Motto
Quasi Motto 2 ай бұрын
@sgtmyers88 🙏🙏 Thank you, Sgt!
Jangminlun Khongsai
Jangminlun Khongsai 2 ай бұрын
The islander should know that..... even if Japanese Army are not in the island..... Invader will definitely cause harmful effects to the local populace. So a strong and reliable base must be set-up.
Andrew Li
Andrew Li 3 ай бұрын
As a ukrainian i'll say Japan is doing the right thing. "Si vis pacem para bellum" or If you want peace, prepare for war. We made huge mistake giving away our nukes, not doing anything with corruption, especially in milirary sphere. I can relate an old woman who suffered from war before, but in order for peace to being maintained your nation should always look strong and scare to deal with in military form, destroying even some possible thoughts of invasion in your enemies minds
Andrew Li
Andrew Li 3 ай бұрын
@user2937 yes) Li is just first 2 letters from my surname. Чи ти віддаєш перевагу українській мові? It's an english speaking chanell, so yeah i'll use english
Thomas Klimchuk
Thomas Klimchuk 3 ай бұрын
These nuclear weapons belonged to Russia
Absoleet 3 ай бұрын
Ukraine didn't have the launch codes and couldn't break the code so they had to choice but to transfer those weapons. The danger of always preparing for war is that countries would go into a ever escalating spiral of one-upping the other for military dominance.
Detention Hall Putsch
Detention Hall Putsch 3 ай бұрын
@Thomas Klimchuk nope.
S 2 ай бұрын
Japan has enjoyed 80 years of peace since WW2 and all Japanese, not just those in Okinawa, hope it continues. The Japanese people are content with the current peace and do not want to see any changes take place. Unfortunately, the environment surrounding us is changing, and if we stick to the status quo and refuse to adapt to change, all that will remain will be ruin.
Reconnaissance7 24 күн бұрын
Remember what happened in Bucha, Ukraine, where unarmed civilians were killed. Without military bases, the country will simply be overrun by China. Diplomatic efforts are of course necessary, but it is also important to increase deterrence and strengthen unity with our allies in order to maintain peace.
Benedict Salamat
Benedict Salamat 2 ай бұрын
By watching I just realized that how my country, Philippines was so relaxed on the issue of being invaded by China.
Awoken Entertainment
Awoken Entertainment 3 ай бұрын
it's ironic how focusing on defense like this could raise tensions enough to cause an attack .. hoping the best for all those out there!
NZF MECOM 3 ай бұрын
Strong Japan !! 🇫🇷
Dave Sunhammer
Dave Sunhammer 3 ай бұрын
if building defense triggers an attack it is only proof that an attack was coming and they wanted to get it in before Japan could defend itself. The "They are building defenses and that is a danger to our country" is a huge lie that carries no logic. The only "other countries" who would get upset are countries who would prefer to attack a weak Japan and not a well defended Japan.
bernard martin
bernard martin 3 ай бұрын
@Dave Sunhammer Yup. Plus China has been building military installations on disputed islands all over Southeast Asia.
Flustrated Genius
Flustrated Genius 3 ай бұрын
@Dave Sunhammer yeah, this will expose who their true enemies are cause Japan is merely fortifying defenses. Nothing malicious about that tbh. They are a smaller country but they do have a larger military. Top 5. But as a smaller country Japan must do it’s best to be prepared.
Gerardo Berdin
Gerardo Berdin 2 ай бұрын
Laxity and security passiveness will make a country in a sitting duck position and would easily defeated in case of surprise lightning attacks by enemy. On the contrary peace advocacy and Preparations to war will be a great deterrence to prevent war. Promotion of peace is good but being prepared for any eventualities is great.
Andy James
Andy James 3 ай бұрын
If the Japanese have a defence base on their island, it becomes a target, if they don't, it becomes an easy target. I wish none of this was the case but, it's been happening for ever 😪
Karlheinz von Kroemann
Karlheinz von Kroemann 3 ай бұрын
It's ALL about $$$$. Everything else is BS!
Baggo Bilbins
Baggo Bilbins 3 ай бұрын
@Karlheinz von Kroemann It's about power.
El Rafa
El Rafa 3 ай бұрын
You must be a pacifist lol
Tethloach1 3 ай бұрын
In times of peace it is not a target. In times of war it is a target. As long as you have peace it is worth it.
Thomas Henner
Thomas Henner 3 ай бұрын
​@Baggo Bilbins it's about testosterone and has been always that way, you by George know this
Skruff 2 ай бұрын
Well no missile base means life under Chinese rule, maybe not for her but for those who come after. Also the base will bring more life and growth to the Island as well. Military deterrence is a good thing either way imo, everything else is on the base of pacifism and would require no military, or weapons at all, which is unthinkable in the reality we live in.
Chen Qin
Chen Qin 2 ай бұрын
Japan has an estimated nuclear breakout time of 6-12 months. Small scale conflicts might happen, but I seriously doubt a full scale war will be in the cards. There had never been direct military conflicts between nuclear powers. If it indeed happens, we are all doomed anyway. Quote:"I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
Sgak M.
Sgak M. 2 ай бұрын
As a resident learned about JP dark age, I feel that the grandma's argue has a point. However if SDF wouldn't build their resources, both this island and mainland Japan are likely to be conquered
Andrew Awakened
Andrew Awakened 3 ай бұрын
I understand how the residents feel, for sure the base would be a target. But the fact is they need that missile base for a war that could occur any time. It has to go somewhere, and nobody is going to want it in their backyard, so somebody is going to have to be disappointed.
Gordo 11 күн бұрын
I understand that alot of people dont want there to be any military action on the islands and to keep them peaceful but in the event of an attack they need to defend themselves
MA S 3 ай бұрын
As Japanese, it's so heartbreaking to see that people are divided while their wish is actually just the same, peace. But personally hope that people who are against building the military bases or so forth realise that their protest is making our neighbours happy, though totally understandable that how they feel, particularly if they are the people went through WWII... Good doco that shows different views coming from different perspectives.
rafael cesar
rafael cesar 3 ай бұрын
It is a sad reality that war is needed and so many lives at stake to produce true peace and order.
MA S 3 ай бұрын
@rafael cesar Yes, very sad reality.. Although I understand that history is always repeated and nth lasts forever, I am disappointed indeed that human beings don't learn from the past.
Regin 3 ай бұрын
youre wrong. not everyone wants peace. some certain country wants power
Butterfly Watch
Butterfly Watch 2 ай бұрын
Japan arming itself will not create a conflict, as China is already hellbent on taking over the whole of the South China Sea, the East China Sea, the Phillipine Sea and yes, even the Sea of Japan. Japan is doing what is clearly necessary to protect the free world and it's own interests. Thank God Japan has citizens still willing to join the ranks as soldiers, sailors and airmen. Respect to Japan.🇯🇵
Peanutbutterboi 20 күн бұрын
I agree that we all need to love each other and that ultimately is the way forward, but without strength or show or force, you can’t have peace.
Lmao Asian
Lmao Asian 20 күн бұрын
Go japan, supporting from the philippines 🇵🇭 🇯🇵
Geovany Hernandez
Geovany Hernandez 2 ай бұрын
11:20 I feel identified with this part, no only per the story of Them but for the sentiment to lose of a loved one of the family, one war it's the most terrifying You can pass, apart to suffer hungry, scared of another person You don't meet can come and kill You, scary no eat properly , no sleep well, walk a lof of kilometres to be alive, the illness. Etc
Jose,jr. Santos
Jose,jr. Santos 3 ай бұрын
Japan has valid reasons to fortify and secure its frontlines with the way its aggressive neighbors are acting recently.they were once a military power it's time to revive it for their survival as a nation
Ayumi Sae
Ayumi Sae 3 ай бұрын
fully agree, imagine being this close to Russia, China and North Korea. You have no choice but to arm up
Love America, USA
Love America, USA 3 ай бұрын
Thank you so much for this documentary. I pray for the safety of the Japanese people & their Self-Defense Forces 🇯🇵 I pray for all the allies in the world who are standing with Japan 🇺🇲🇦🇺🇰🇷🇵🇭🇺🇳 We all deserve a free, safe world with the open trade of goods, commerce & ideas! 👍❤️🙏😌🌹
Bolshevik Carpetbagger
Bolshevik Carpetbagger 3 ай бұрын
And when Japan rebuilds its military to WWII levels and then comes into conflict with the USA, will that prayer still be valid? You are aware that Japan is one of America's main competitors, right?
SeaJay Oceans
SeaJay Oceans 3 ай бұрын
God Bless Japan !
Walhall 9
Walhall 9 3 ай бұрын
Is the last flag of United nation?
Bolshevik Carpetbagger
Bolshevik Carpetbagger 3 ай бұрын
@N F Read the last question in my comment carefully.
o 2 ай бұрын
I adore the grandma and her strength. But i disagree when she said" if we build a base it's the first thing they will attack". While of course that will be the first target. It doesn't mean that if there isn't a base that China won't attack. No, that island is an amazing location strategically that China would very quickly want to establish a base that can launch attacks basically anywhere in the pacific.
Sinister Maker
Sinister Maker 2 ай бұрын
Japan is one of the few countries I would actually trust to competently run a functional non aggressive military.
2 ай бұрын
Unfortunately it's not, never has been, and now
SATELLITE 2 ай бұрын
I think the best solution is for Japan and China to establish friendly relations.
GG 17 күн бұрын
日本はつい最近、NATOなどと同じように防衛費をGDP比で2%にしました また敵地攻撃能力を持つことが方針として決められたため、ミサイル等の脅威にも根本的に対応できるようになります 一部の暇な高齢者の方々は、長い間力を持たずに話し合いで解決できると思っているため現在も反対活動を行っています。しかし日本人の多くの人は防衛力の向上には理解を示しています。防衛力を上げるために増税に反対しているのは、(すでに税負担が重く、予算の削減で解決できると思っているからです。)
amikorinable 15 күн бұрын
ロンメル 15 күн бұрын
amikorinable 15 күн бұрын
@ロンメル 外交。じゃ、こちらからも逆に質問して良いですか?
amikorinable 15 күн бұрын
@ロンメル 日本が仮に2%としたとして、よりGDPが巨大な中国が更に防衛力を引き上げたら日本はどうやって対抗するつもりですか? 人口も経済規模もこちらの方が小さいのに対抗して防衛費を上げ続けます? だったらそのお金を少子化対策や防災対策、教育に回した方が国力は上がりませんか?
ハム 14 күн бұрын
@amikorinable 仮にそうなったとしても日本防衛の要はアメリカ。その最大のサポートをするのは日本であるわけ。予算を増やすのは理解ができると思う。必要性があるならば、投資し続けるべき。
Reuben G
Reuben G 3 ай бұрын
Young mother on the beach with her baby - "We can't protect our own lives if we don't defend ourselves". So true. Japan is in a very perilous position between China, Russia and North Korea. They are doing the right thing by strengthening their military, and that includes offensive capabilities (for example to launch counter-attacks). Total support for the SDF from Australia. I hope they do more.
John Smith
John Smith 3 ай бұрын
Russia doesn't have any real forces in the East to threaten them with. This is mainly about China, and then North Korea to a lesser extent.
Reuben G
Reuben G 3 ай бұрын
@Jinpeng Hou The sins of the grandfather are not those of the grandson.
あじぇむ 3 ай бұрын
Yankee76 2 ай бұрын
We would know from prior experience, the country of Japan has a warriors spirit. I’m impressed with their new developments. United we shall stand, as an alliance. With a policy of peace through strength. Instead of appeasement, which only gives you a choice between fight and surrender. And appeasement is the very thing that led to WW2. Bad things happen whenever good men don’t stand up and say no to the wolves.
mac pro
mac pro 2 ай бұрын
WiggaMachiavelli 2 ай бұрын
マアさん 2 ай бұрын
@WiggaMachiavelli  おばあさんは別にあと十年二十年平和ならええけど 俺らはもっと先の50年先生きなきゃいけねぇんだから そんな先のこと考えてないからあんなこと言えるんだね
続いては日大問題 27 күн бұрын
Droiz 3 ай бұрын
I appreciate that ABC has shown both sides of the argument. It appears that both sides believe they're right, and frankly, both sides have raised very reasonable points. This seems to be a problem that is mostly subjective and therefore divisive, and I can only wish the residents can overcome their unfortunate disagreements.
ぱたぱた 25 күн бұрын
わたしは日本人ですが沖縄の島々の基地建設に賛成です。 それは必要なことです。
ロンメル 15 күн бұрын
どうしても沖縄は中国に近いから前線になっちゃうんだろうね 確かに米軍基地とか近くにあって航空機の音がうるさかったりするのだろうけどそれよりも有事が起きた際に対応できるようにしないと 米兵が暴力を振るうとか米軍機が墜落するとか落下物があるとかそんなことよりもお隣さんからの攻撃を防げるようにならないと大勢の人が死ぬよ そもそも命かけて守ってもらってるんだから何も言うなって言いたいけど
レツミカサブ 14 күн бұрын
minko 11 күн бұрын
ゼミ研究で実際に沖縄に行ってアンケートとったけど、基地建設は年齢が上の人ほど反対で若い人は賛成している人が多かった でも子育て年齢になると反対する人が多かったから、現実に自分や大切な人に被害があったorある可能性があるかの実感によって変わるんだろうな
zhiqiang yang
zhiqiang yang 6 күн бұрын
The war between the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan ended in China's victory. It is also known as the Second Sino-Japanese War. Regarding the start time of this war, it is generally counted from the "Marco Polo Bridge Incident" (July 7th Incident) that occurred on July 7, 1937, and it is called the "Eight Years of Anti-Japanese War". Some historians count from the "September 18th Incident" that occurred on September 18, 1931, which was the beginning of the Anti-Japanese War defined by the term "Fourteen Years of Anti-Japanese War", but the war ended with Japan in 1945. At noon on August 15, until Emperor Showa of Japan broadcast the war-ending edict to the whole country, Japan surrendered.
Gunga La Gunga
Gunga La Gunga 3 ай бұрын
So glad we are allies with the great country and people of Japan.
na sei
na sei 14 күн бұрын
Ponz 3 ай бұрын
It sucks that it’s come to this but we’re honored to be fighting along side you. Great reporting btw you really captured the gravity of the situation and how big of a deal this actually is. It was nice seeing actual news along with how people feel about the choices their country is making
Miriad Lamentations
Miriad Lamentations 3 ай бұрын
Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. Psalm 147:5 ✝🌅 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:7 ✝🌅 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 ✝🌅
deg vegas
deg vegas 3 ай бұрын
Your great grand dad fought against a Japanese man's great grand dad (or the other way around), and now you fight together Ain't that somethin
Repent and believe in Jesus Christ
Repent and believe in Jesus Christ 3 ай бұрын
Repent to Jesus Christ “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ ‭NIV‬‬ hf
Shay Devine
Shay Devine 3 ай бұрын
@deg vegas Tbh you could say the same for Germany since we're allies with them too lol
Linda Kilgrain
Linda Kilgrain 2 ай бұрын
God Bless Japan.More Power to You to keep peace and order of the country..All the best.
edgar viernes
edgar viernes 2 ай бұрын
I wish the world leaders can see what the grandma saw back in ww2...They don't understand a single thing unless they experience it themselves...It feels so sad to hear another war is looming. My Aunt is 89 and my mother in law is 90. THey have experienced WW2 and they say it was horrible...
zest fun
zest fun 3 ай бұрын
I am Chinese and I feel sorry for the situation. I wish for no war forever.
All in One
All in One 3 ай бұрын
Yes 🥰
Mrbeltr 58
Mrbeltr 58 3 ай бұрын
Sadly that’s not true. Everyone is bracing for it. Propaganda is already predicting events and strategy. Military budgets on nearly every nation has risen. We can only pray for the best 🙏🏽
syntax error rvg
syntax error rvg 3 ай бұрын
Who would believe chinese words?
眷村牛肉面 3 ай бұрын
@syntax error rvg who would believe your words?
MS Ай бұрын
自衛隊、彼らが日本を守ってくれているがそれと同時に異国のために戦う勇敢な兵士、アメリカ軍の協力により平和が保たれている ありがとう
Rafael Alejandro
Rafael Alejandro 24 күн бұрын
Australia stands with Japan.
I Chose Hampture
I Chose Hampture 3 ай бұрын
My heart bleeds for Setsuko, but as many others have said, wanting peace does not diminish China's ambitions. Now is the time for Japan to fortify itself, I hope we support them as much or more than we have supported Ukraine.
Akunamatata 3 ай бұрын
😂 88
Kevin Jenner
Kevin Jenner 3 ай бұрын
For the first time since 1946, when the US presented Japan with its Constitution, article 9 has been amended to allow preemptive strikes.
Rocky johnson
Rocky johnson 2 ай бұрын
Honestly everyone has to stick together and try and deter China from taking Taiwan. We need to build up our weapons equipment and start making the military attractive with rate increases signing bonus etc.
susan leake
susan leake 2 ай бұрын
Japan may be a small country but what ever you do dont upset it as it is a very powerful country and I think they are beginning to get annoyed and fed up with north Korea and China..and if they really wanted to could give China and north Korea a good hiding and invade it within weeks and then turn its attention on to China
Charles Choy
Charles Choy 12 күн бұрын
A sure way to receive a few more bombs from the sky!
WarlordSquerk 2 ай бұрын
How the world has changed. I used to watch World War 2 documentaries with my Dad and Japan was one of the bad guys. But now things have changed, Japan is not the place it used to be and are friends to my country, not enemies. My wife is Japanese which makes Japan family to me. And I wish my family to be as safe as possible. All success to the military of Japan! Lots of love from Australia.
coolspot18 2 ай бұрын
Japan never rid itself of the nationalist element like Germany - there is a nationalist undercurrent still present in it's politics.
WarlordSquerk 2 ай бұрын
@Tom C I am aware that Japan did horrific things in WW2. I am not saying those things are great or that there aren't still some bad people there or issues to address that will take a long time to resolve, if they ever are. Japan would have invaded Australia too don't forget and I can't imagine back then they would have been any more nice to us than other places. But I think things are a lot better now since, for a start, we are no longer at war with them and Australia is on very friendly terms with them.
Tom C
Tom C 2 ай бұрын
@WarlordSquerk Japan still haven’t apologized and still claim that it never happened. They committed horrific crimes against humanity during that time.
street cat
street cat 15 күн бұрын
If we change the orientation of the globe, which we usually see with the Pacific Ocean at the center, so that the west side is down and the east side is up (the direction in which the Japanese archipelago lies above the Chinese continent with the sea in between), it becomes clear that why must Japan defend its small islands... Even if China, which is plotting the ambition of hegemony in the Pacific, wants to go out into the Pacific freely, the existence of the Japanese archipelago topographically obstructs it like a lid.
Arki Ayps
Arki Ayps 3 ай бұрын
I commend the elderly woman's activism, but she needs to understand that with or without a missile base in her island it will still be a potential target for China. She has to choose, either accept Japanese missile base or Chinese - if the latter became a reality then she risk losing her island.
Hasselnøtt Per
Hasselnøtt Per 3 ай бұрын
Indeed. I don't see any Ukrainians arguing that western weapons & a better military are making them less safe. To the contrary, most of them probably wish they'd prepared years ago.
Tyree 3 ай бұрын
I'd argue that the Japanese bases are preferable to Chinese occupation. Let them consider what's going on in Western China and decide if that's the fate they wish to embrace willingly, or not.
justin wolf
justin wolf 2 ай бұрын
The Japanese people are amazing! Love from the US 🇯🇵 🇺🇸
dejunovic Z
dejunovic Z 2 ай бұрын
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Ngaih awma
Ngaih awma 2 ай бұрын
If War ever breaks out, i think the Military base will be more beneficial and safe for the locals than not building it
Adan Morales
Adan Morales 2 ай бұрын
Amazing how that man left a corporate job as a businessman to go back home to work on the farm picking fruits. No amount of money can pay for living in peace in a humble society. Coming from someone goal and legacy driven who also works as a businessman sometimes I think what the purpose of life…
Jan Doernte
Jan Doernte 3 ай бұрын
I'm not ignoring history- nor am I a 'warmonger' but I think it's a good thing seeing warships flying the Japanese naval ensign again- in force. Today's Japan- under that flag- is clearly a force for "good" in today's world.
E A 2 ай бұрын
I feel bad for the grannies but at the same time, preparing for war is one way to prevent it. Sad reality. But one thing that everyone shouldn't forget is how menace Japanese are back then, I believe they can become a power house in a short period of time especially having Gundams in their backyard.
Gopi R
Gopi R 3 ай бұрын
Conflict is inevitable. Greatly relieved to see Japan take these necessary steps and preparing together with countries like India.
岡田です 16 күн бұрын
The post-war history of Japan is lightly reviewed by the Japanese. First of all, Japan has finally started to focus on security in a realistic way, but the war in Ukraine is still a major influence. I don't know about the living conditions of other countries' armed forces, but the Self-Defence Forces have had their budgets restricted so far, and some units have even had to buy their own toilet paper on base. True story. I understand that the budget was kept low so as not to provoke neighbouring countries, because if Japan became powerful, there was a possibility of another invasion. However, generations have changed, the surrounding situation has changed, and there are no fools now who would say that we are going to invade any country. They will be sent to hospital. And as neighbouring countries are reluctant to increase their military build-up, we have only increased ours to 2% of GDP, the same as NATO. Next is the opposition, the old man, who is a leftist and mainly a supporter of the Japanese Communist Party (JCP). In Japan, the older you are, the more left-wing you are, and the younger you are, the more conservative you are. The people who oppose security, as shown in the video, are basically the older generation in Japan (not to say that there are no young people), and they are the ones who can't see reality. They are a generation that cannot see reality. But they are gradually weakening because of their age. They are not seen by the younger generation, and are often mocked on Twitter. Thank you for the long answer. If you have any questions, I will answer them (realistic questions only).
Maxasaurus 12 күн бұрын
Great story, and you can totally see the ‘village elder’ philosophy from some of them, like so many movies 😢.
Peter Yen
Peter Yen 3 ай бұрын
the fundamental cause for conflicts is that resources are limited and distribution over them is unequal.
Christian Viewmont
Christian Viewmont 23 күн бұрын
Peace can only be maintained by people's willingness and commitment to fight for it when bad actors want to take it away.
LiVid 2 ай бұрын
I've been on the fence about trying this but your video makes it more approachable! So thanks for making it bud!
Mark L
Mark L 3 ай бұрын
Great credit to Japan for stepping up in these times. We all sacrifice a little but all benefit in the end; I have little doubt that the Japanese people as a whole do not support the nation’s efforts in the end. Credit to the activists as well in serving as healthy reminder by civil society to those in leadership to not stray too far from peace.
vl hc
vl hc 3 ай бұрын
Yeah if they find themselves having to defend those islands, they're already lost.
Stefan Schleps
Stefan Schleps 3 ай бұрын
Make peace with a sharp sword.
flyin pug
flyin pug 3 ай бұрын
Everyone on that base is now doomed
RicochetForce 3 ай бұрын
@flyin pug They were doomed due to their proximity to China and China's expansionist efforts.
Ron Liebermann
Ron Liebermann 3 ай бұрын
Good for Japan! I’m sure they’ll do great. The thing with Japan is that when they go into high gear, they don’t play around.
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