In a very important story that received little mention in the establishment press, Japan is now very close to making a decision to build its own nuclear weapons. The USA Today newspaper did do a story about this development, and its report is in the link below.
This development should hardly be a surprise. Given that nuclear weapons are in the hands of the rogue government of North Korea and given that China (Japan’s natural rival and enemy) has many nuclear weapons and is rapidly militarizing, Japan has little choice but to build a nuclear arsenal of its own. North Korea’s provocative firing of a ballistic missile over the Japanese home islands has, no doubt, hastened Japan’s need to seriously consider “going nuclear” itself. Japan is constrained by its pacifist Constitution, but the grave dangers it faces in the modern world are forcing Japan to consider a new approach to its own national defense.
While the article cites North Korea’s nukes and the threat of a war on the Korean Peninsula as the immediate triggers for Japan to consider building nuclear weapons, the greatest danger faced by Japan is China. The article also cites a recent poll of the Japanese people which revealed that 87% of them regard China as “untrustworthy.” This overwhelmingly negative view of China amongst the Japanese people gives the Japanese government a lot of latent public support for building a Japanese nuclear arsenal. One Japanese professor of international relations is cited as stating that Japan should consider building nuclear weapons due to the “urgent circumstances” now faced by Japan.
As the report notes, Japan already has a civilian nuclear power industry and Japan has immense technical “know how” so building a nuclear arsenal would not be difficult for Japan. Indeed, given that it has long had the technical ability to construct nuclear weapons, there is one possible set of circumstances that would permit Japan to quickly become a nuclear power. Japan’s leaders have, no doubt, long seen the Chinese military build-up and the nuclear weapons possessed by North Korea and China as existential threats to Japan’s survival as a nation. Japan could skirt the Constitutional issues by building all the necessary components for nuclear weapons, but not actually assembling them into assembled or deliverable bombs. If Japan did this, they could become a significant nuclear power within hours or days by simply assembling the components of the nuclear bombs together into deliverable weapons. If I had been Prime Minister of Japan, I would have secretly ordered such a program to be implemented years ago. That is not to say that Japan has already done this, but they certainly have had both a strong motive and abundant means to have done this for many years now. The article may have been a “trial balloon” to prepare the Japanese people and the world for Japan’s rapid entry into the club of nuclear powers.
Those who have read my articles and past blog posts know that I believe that the destinies of Japan, India and the “young tiger” nations of the Pacific Rim are mentioned in Ezekiel 38’s critically-important “latter day” prophecy. Japan’s becoming a nuclear power would be consistent with Ezekiel 38’s prophecy. Thankfully, Ezekiel 38 reveals that it is the destiny of these Asian nations to not be part of the Gog-Magog alliance which will attack the nations of the western world at the end of our age. This is totally consistent with modern geopolitics as these nations are already allied to the western powers and their economies are closely interlinked to those of the western nations. The complete harmony between Ezekiel’s prophecy and modern geopolitical realities is further evidence that the Creator God of the Universe controls the fates and destines of nations because Ezekiel 38 was written about 2500 years ago. Only a living Creator God could have implemented their fulfillment. You can read a detailed analysis of Japan’s prophesied role in the latter days in my article, Japan’s Role in Biblical Prophecy, available at the Articles tab at this website.