Game of Thrones: Nuclear Addition
Japan’s "Nuke in the Basement"
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  • Fat_Man

    “That’s a situation that could get worse, especially if the Obama administration fails”

    And that is the problem. Their successes are a corporal’s guard. Their failures are a growing legion. And, they give every appearance of having a flat learning curve. Woe unto us.

  • Anthony

    If I were Japanese, I would strongly support the development of nuclear weapons because China has them. My view would be that we should only forswear developing our own weapons if China gives up theirs. Isn’t this common sense?

  • Anthony

    “Japan doesn’t have a nuclear bomb and doesn’t plan to develop one, but the country has so much uranium and plutonium stockpiled….” Combination of options and independence remains Japanese strength.

  • John Stephens

    Given the utter uselessness of the Obama Administration, and the unreliability of the American people for electing and re-electing him, the Japanese would be fools not to have a plan for their own defense.. They are producing the materials for building nuclear weapons, presumably they have some plan for using them. Capability implies intention, and I can’t blame them in the least for it.

  • lukelea

    Better the bomb in a nuclear submarine on the end of a missile if you really want to feel safe. If I were Japanese — or Taiwanese — I sure as heck wouldn’t wager my future on America’s nuclear umbrella. Would you?

    • Jim__L

      Depends on who wins in this year’s midterms, and who wins in 2016. I have hopes that America will make a comeback after this clown’s term is up.

  • Bill_Woods

    Some serious errors here:

    Rokkasho is a reprocessing plant, not a breeder reactor. It’ll produce mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel for power reactors, not anything that could be used in a bomb. Japan does have one small breeder reactor but it’s been off-line for years.

    Japan doesn’t have “weapons-grade” plutonium — the spent fuel from its light-water reactors (LWR) contains ‘reactor-grade’ Pu. While it’s theoretically possible to make a bomb from it, nobody does. Rather weapons-grade Pu (93% Pu-239, 7% Pu-240+) is made in reactors dedicated for that purpose, changing the fuel every few months so that while some U-238 is converted into Pu-239, little of that is converted into non-fissile Pu-240. Japan’s LWRs normally run for a year; people would have noticed if they were often stopped prematurely to change fuel.

    Japan does have some uranium enrichment plants which could in principle be reconfigured to make weapons-grade uranium (90% U-235).

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