In-a-State-of-War Creep

A bonus by-product of the missile launch for North Korea is the militarisation of the  Japanese mainland. Patriot missile batteries are being set up around Tokyo and residents have been advised there is no need to panic. Japan now gets to feel a little bit of what it has felt like to live in South Korea these past 56 years. It will delight Pyongyang that they have officially become an international threat with this first-step response, and horrify ordinary Japanese that they might now have to contemplate, like South Koreans have to daily,  the unlikely but always close at hand threat of suicidal North Korean mini-sub commandos bobbing up surreptitiously after dark on Japan’s shores.


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