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  • Writer's picturePhillip Radcliffe

America vs North Korea

(Japanese translation below)

News of North Korea’s nuclear missile program has gained a lot of attention in Japan recently. This is a very serious problem and there are several reasons why this is coming to a head. A military confrontation with North Korea would be disastrous not only for North and South Korea, but for Japan as well.

First of all, the U.S. and North Korea have had bad relations since the Korean War (1950-1953) when North Korea tried to take over the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The U.S. has supported South Korea since then. Even now the governments of North and South Korea have not signed a peace agreement, so technically, they are still at war.

Secondly, although the U.S. as the world police has been sanctioning North Korea for many years, they have had no direct talks with them. In the meantime North Korea has continued it is nuclear and missile program to provoke America. North Korea thinks that having a strong military is a symbol of their power and they want to be considered equal to the U.S.

Finally, there is Trump, the new U.S. president. President Trump’s philosophy seems to be “Peace through strength,” and he has applied pressure to North Korea. In contrast, North Korea has provoked American military power, so it is often stated that they may go to war with each other soon. If that happens, Japan will also be caught up in the war. Since Japan also has U.S. military bases, there is more than enough reason for an attack on Japan from North Korea.

If President Trump attacks North Korea, Japan must make up its mind to do three things: assist the U.S. in a counterattack, help evacuate Japanese and Americans who live in South Korean and also help any South Korean refugees.

These three things are very important and it is very difficult to do without some advanced planning by the Japanese government. In this sense, Japan has a grave responsibility to bear if war breaks out on the Korean peninsula.

As a result, the U.S and China seem to be cooperating more to solve this problem. For example, China has stopped exporting food, fuel and other necessities to North Korea. Because North Korea is dependent on Chinese trade, North Korea will suffer greatly. If its economy collapses, North Korea will not be able to continue its missile program. We will have to wait and see how this plays out. Hopefully, the situation will take a turn for the better.


工藤 彰浩








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