The sad convolutions of a pacifist constitution

Gojira!

“Defense Minister troubled over legal issues if UFO arrives”:http://www.japannewsreview.com/politics/politics/20071220page_id=3567
Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba said Thursday that he was troubled over potential legal issues if a UFO arrives in Japan, requiring action by the Self-Defense Forces, Japanese media reports.

The subject was triggered by a question from oppositional lawmaker Ryuji Yamane, who argued the government should attempt to confirm what UFOs are because of “frequent observations” of them in Japan.

Who is this “Ryuji Yamane”:http://www.r-yamane.com/ character?

About Younghusband

Sir Francis Edward Younghusband (1863-1942) was a British explorer, army officer, military-political officer, and foreign correspondent born in India who led expeditions into Manchuria, Kashgar, and Tibet. He three times tried and failed to scale Mt. Everest and journeyed from China to India, crossing the Gobi desert and the Mustagh Pass (alt. c.19,000 ft/5,791 m) of the Karakoram mountain range in modern day Pakistan. Convinced of Russian designs on British interests in India, Younghusband proactively engaged in the nineteenth century spying and conflict over Central Asia between the British and the Russians known as the Great Game. "Younghusband" is a Canadian who has spent a number of years bouncing back and forth between his home country and Japan. Fluent in Japanese and English with experience in numerous other languages from Spanish to Georgian, Younghusband has travelled throughout Asia. He graduated with an MA from the War Studies Department at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he focussed on the Japanese oil industry and energy security issues. He has recently returned to Canada from Japan, and is working in the technology sector.
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11 Responses to The sad convolutions of a pacifist constitution

  1. Curzon says:

    I heard it was a “joke.”

    Not sure if that’s after the fact ass-covering or the truth…

  2. Younghusband says:

    I think if Yamane asked the question in all seriousness, Ishiba did a good job turning it around with the Godzilla comment. You know, the old meet _boke_ with _boke_ tactic.

    If it was a joke from the beginning, then I can understand. It isn’t like the (now twice extended) Diet doesn’t have better things to discuss than the existence of UFOs.

  3. Durf says:

    Saw that on TV this morning. Ishiba was really enjoying himself, going into all the possible outcomes–”If they’re friendly aliens, coming to tell humans to live in peace with one another, then this doesn’t fall under the Defense Ministry’s remit; but if they are hostile then of course defending Japan is constitutionally allowed; in any case it’s unlikely we would be able to comprehend the message they were beaming to us” and on and on. He was smirking incessantly. Nothing but a joke from beginning to end, as far as Ishiba’s concerned.

  4. tomojiro says:

    That was apparantly a joke.

    But maybe it went to far…, at least for some in the LDP.
    Seems that Mr.Nikai is very unhappy with the recent UFO discussion.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071221/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_ufo

  5. tomojiro says:

    Interesting news from Jiji-tsushin

    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071221-00000198-jij-pol

    So actually that means that the SDF considered once seriously investigated how to defend an attack from Godzilla?

  6. Younghusband says:

    The “science minister has also chimed in”:http://www.japannewsreview.com/politics/politics/20071222page_id=3588. It seems this whole thing was kicked off by a “comment by the Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura”:http://www.jiji.com/jc/zc?k=200712/2007121800828&rel=y&g=pol a few days ago where he said he personally believes in UFOs despite a “government positioning paper released on the 18th”:http://www.jiji.com/jc/zc?key=&k=200712/2007121800447&rel=j&g=pol that claims the existence of UFOs as yet unfounded. The positioning paper was in response to a written question by Yamane Ryuji! Who is this guy and what is his deal with UFOs?

  7. Younghusband says:

    Finally, the “Opposition asks Cabinet to stop dwelling on UFOs”:http://tinyurl.com/2af6cg.

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  9. Beijing_Barbarian says:

    It’s quite simple, they just need to call Ultra-man