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What are Japanese at the highest levels thinking when Taro Aso, the finance minister, reminds his right-wing audience of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the “quiet transition” in those dark days of German history to Nazi rule? What does all that have to do with the economy, and why was Aso, a former prime minister, veering so far from his responsibilities for the economic program of “Abenomics” on behalf of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe? Pouring fuel onto the flames, Aso lamented the “noisy attention” surrounding visits to the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo honoring and mourning Japanese war dead including war criminals. Rather, he advised, “do it quietly” – as if Japanese leaders could surreptitiously sneak in and out of the shrine without attracting the notice of the media and provoking angry responses from China and South Korea.
Local August 6, 2013, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier 22DDH launched in Yokohama. Ship load displacement of 27,000 tons, is expected to enter service in 2015. 22DDH named Izumo, hull number 183, ship name "the cloud", who the Japanese navy during the Japanese invasion fleet flagship used by the Chinese side.
Originally posted by Antipathy17
Wonder if the money would have been spent better off somewhere else... ya know like a power plant with a melting core. How about we tunnel under, drop concrete and put a 1 mile wide wall in between it and the ocean. I don't care what it takes.
nice way of getting around a policy
Japan's largest-ever helicopter destroyer launched
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force has launched its largest-ever destroyer.
A launch ceremony for the 250-meter-long Izumo was held on Tuesday at a dockyard in Yokohama.
The ship has a full-load displacement of 19,500 tons and can carry up to 14 helicopters. Its deck is shaped like that of an aircraft carrier and can accommodate 5 helicopters landing or taking off at the same time.
The Izumo was built for about 1.2 billion dollars and is expected to be deployed by March 2015.
The destroyer is aimed at better responding to various contingencies in waters near Japan.
Pointing out that the ship is not to be used by fighter jets, Defense Ministry officials say it is not an attack aircraft carrier, which the government says would be incompatible with its nonaggressive defense policy.
The ministry plans to build another destroyer of the same type.
Aug. 6, 2013 - Updated 11:46 UTC
Originally posted by grey580
It Certainly not a match for a Nimitz class
Originally posted by LeBombDiggity
I might well be talking crapola.