Tokyo Governor Ishihara Wants Computer Simulations on Nuclear Weapons

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) Japan should simulate having nuclear weapons to maintain its presence as it is surrounded by nuclear states, Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara said during a press conference on Friday .

Japan should do something like what the United States did to check the effectiveness of its nuclear warheads, Ishihara suggested, referring to subcritical nuclear tests Washington conducted even after President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for his vision of creating a world without nuclear weapons.

"Japan should be able to do that much...A simulation can be completed within three months. We also have lots of plutonium...and would be able to carry out the simulations utilizing supercomputers," The outspoken governor said.

Japan will definitely lose its standing unless it becomes a strong military state, he said, urging the country to develop missiles based on aeronautical technology.

Japan is the world's only country surrounded by clearly hostile nuclear states looking for chances to seize territory, he said.

Ishihara made the comments a day before the 66th anniversary of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima in western Japan and four days before the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in southwestern Japan.

The remarks also came amid the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, located around 220 kilometers northeast of Tokyo. The government and plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. are still struggling to bring the crisis at the plant, which has been crippled since the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami, under control.

Japan adheres to its three non-nuclear principles of not possessing, producing or introducing nuclear weapons in its territory. Japan also is dependent upon the U.S. "nuclear umbrella" from outside aggression. This was formalized in the Security Treaty Between the United States and Japan.

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