Not much to say about this, the headline pretty much says it all.

“Our country strongly supports South Korea,” Hatoyama said in a written statement. “North Korea’s action is inexcusable and, along with the international community, we strongly condemn it.” (Link)

That’s great and everything, but exactly why should North Korea care what Japan thinks? Japan is the second (or third) largest economy on Earth, only 500 kilometers away, yet has little or no leverage–political, economic, or military–over North Korea.

On the other hand, North Korea, a largely impoverished, ruined state, has enormous leverage over Japan in the form of ballistic missiles and WMDs.

Think about that. Isn’t that remarkable?

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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