【PART 3】 The Mystery of the Security Treaty Village (1): The Showa Emperor and the Constitution of Japan


【34】 Nuclear Power Plants in Japan can stand up to nuclear attacks


I just recalled perhaps the simplest example of this. It could be Mr. Satoshi Morimoto, who had been selected as a Minister of Defense in the Democratic Party administration. He was considered “the leading person” on the study of security.

When Morimoto was asked by a newscaster if it would be possible for nuclear power plants in Japan to hold up to possible nuclear attacks by North Korea (there are many NPPs along the Japan sea), he answered nonchalantly that “there are no worries since the current NPPs are designed to stand up to such attacks by stronger weapons (i.e., nuclear weapons) than conventional weapons.”

The newscaster who asked him could not follow up since Morimoto’s words were so unexpected.

That terrified me, because the person who so casually gave such an answer was the former Minister of Defense in Japan, who should have reasonable judgment. Such a person can be promoted in the current Japanese society (that is, in the Security Treaty village), but in the view of foreign countries he is just an “insane person.” The Security Treaty village’s distorted assumptions about reality have gone too far.