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Feb 11, 2013

[Mr. Naoto Amaki] “An Inconvenient Truth” on Japan’s Next Fighters F-35 Issue Mass Media Keep Concealing

If people do not have the slightest idea that Japan is sliding into war even after reading a series of articles I have introduced today, I can only say that such people are very insensitive.  I wonder if such people will do anything whatever it may be, for instance, wage war, as ordered by the country.

Masatoshi Takeshita
February 7, 2013
F-35A (photo from Wikipedia) 

English translation of an excerpt from a Japanese article: Blog of Amaki Naoto – February 4, 2013 –

“An Inconvenient Truth” on Japan’s Next Fighters F-35 Issue Mass Media Keep Concealing

Today on February 4 the Asahi Shimbun has posted on the front page a scoop on the next fighters F-35 issue.

The U.S. plans to sell to Israel the fighters F-35 for which parts made in Japan are used.  The article reads that the Abe administration has established a policy that it will admit the sale as a special case.

However, such conclusion was obvious because it would be the biggest gift for the U.S. when the prime minister visits the country at the end of February.

Instead, I doubt of the attitude of the Asahi Shimbun’s reporting of this issue.

True nature of F-35 issue is not an issue of violation of Three Principles of Arms Exports.

The problem lies in an astonishing reality that Japan will introduce underdeveloped F-35 fighters and Japan will become a hub for development, production and maintenance of the aircraft.

To put it in another way, the problem is the fact that Japan is finally going to become an accomplice to U.S. military-industrial complex.

The Sankei Shimbun got a scoop on it on January 29.

It is impossible that the Asahi did not know it.

Why will the Asahi try to make no reference to it?

No only Asahi but other media outlets in this country won’t investigate the Sankei’s scoop and report it.

It appears that they try to conceal “an inconvenient truth.”

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