North Korea fires missile over Japan in sharp escalation of tensions | The Japan Times

Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan

Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a breaking story, the Japan Times reported that in an “unprecedented, grave and serious” threat to Japan, nuclear-armed North Korea test-fired an unidentified ballistic missile that overflew Japan on Tuesday morning.

Source: North Korea fires missile over Japan in sharp escalation of tensions | The Japan Times

Whilst there was no damage nor casualties, this was a serious escalation. Although the Japanese prime minister was quickly alerted, it seems that Japan took no evasive action. But Prime Minister Abe quickly phoned President Trump. Since 1951, there’s been the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan. After WWII, the US occupied Japan until full sovereignty was returned in 1951. In return for Japan agreeing not the militarize again, the US agreed to defend Japan.

Japan and the US are currently involved in defensive tests, which may have irritated North Korea.

The Japan Times concludes:

The White House has said that all options remain on the table, including military action, stoking concerns of a second Korean War that would devastate the region.

Thoughts?

Abe convenes panel to tackle low birthrate, aging population | The Japan Times

English: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at...

English: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G8 summit in Heiligendamm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Japan Times reports that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has tasked the panel of intellectuals and Cabinet members with providing ideas to overcome the demographics conundrum.

Source: Abe convenes panel to tackle low birthrate, aging population | The Japan Times

Abe and his government are worried about the impact of Japan‘s low birthrate on Japan’s power in future. They will no doubt be debating the impact of China’s new two child policy.

Thoughts?