|Rokkasho Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Facility, Wikimedia Commons.|
A whole lot.
Intimations of non peaceable intent (see "Japan to rethink pacifist constitution by 2020 amid rising tensions," RT, and "For 'no war' Article 9, any reinterpretation will do," The Japan Times, for starters, as well as this really interesting bit of conspiracy) aside, we are left with the possibility of nuclear terrorism that cannot but loom in the collective dark cloud of Western media.
In it are perhaps clues, no?
As if the threat was more credible than that of a reemergent desire for self sufficiency in the defense sector. This having de facto happened rather recently -- with Fukushima -- is of course irrelevant when calculating future risk.
"Japan could be building an irresistible terrorist target, experts say"
by the Center for Public Integrity, their own 'Key Findings:'
To which I would add this as well:
...and with it, a raised eyebrow. Plutonium from the Reagan years is no longer viable; must have been reprocessed. One would think they had warlike intentions from this, but, of course, the answer would seem a resounding no...
...that is, if that word existed in Japanese.
|When the Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Center at Rokkasho is operating at full capacity, it’s supposed to produce eight metric tons of plutonium annually. That’s enough in theory for a country like Japan to make an estimated 2,600 nuclear weapons, each with the explosive force of 20,000 tons of TNT.
When the Rokkasho plant was conceived, Japan believed plutonium-burning reactors would make the island nation energy independent. The facility was embraced as a way to convert nuclear wastes into fuel on a crowded archipelago rocked by violent earthquakes, dotted with active volcanoes, and lashed by tsunamis and typhoons.
Critics of the plant point out, however, that Japan has no urgent need for a single kilogram of the plutonium the plant will produce.
|Tokai One and Two, Wikimedia Commons|
Be seeing you.