Japan, a past that won’t go away
The North Korean crisis is only the tip of the iceberg. Tokyo needs to decide on a defence strategy.
- Tuesday, 31 October 2017
‘‘I find these announcements useless and annoying”, said Toshiichi Mase, an elderly pensioner who worked as a public employee “Useless because in the event of a nuclear attack, or a chemical one, there’s no way to protect oneself. It’s only a question of a few minutes, probably seconds. And here in Hokkaido we have no shelters or skyscrapers. Annoying because all they do is fuel anxiety. Instead of terrorizing its citizens, our government would do much better by removing the reasons for this tension and solving the North Korean issue in a serious and honest way. By
sitting down for talks, not rushing around after Trump and pretending to get tough. Perhaps our prime minister might boost his vote count this way, but he’s making our country ridiculous in the process”.