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Russia’s Sneaky Move in the Sea Near Japan Raising Dark Suspicion

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President Vladimir Putin is ambitious to revive “Great Russia. Japan is no stranger to this (Image: Reuters/Afro)

Bombardment of nuclear power plants, use of hypersonic missiles, and suggestions of nuclear weapons. ……

Russia’s outrages against Ukraine continue unabated. But Russia’s brutality is not a fire on the other side of the river. The evil hand is reaching Japan as well.

On March 15-16, four Russian ships, including a landing ship carrying soldiers and tanks, passed through the Tsugaru Strait. They are believed to be military transports to Ukraine. They are probably deploying forces from the Far East to break the deadlock. The Self-Defense Forces are on heightened alert.

Russian military actions in the waters around Japan are not limited to military transports to Ukraine. In February, 24 Russian naval vessels conducted military exercises in the Sea of Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk, and in March, 10 ships equipped with missiles and torpedoes formed a convoy through the Tsugaru Strait. Russian aircraft have also frequently violated Russian airspace in recent years,” said a reporter from the international section of a national newspaper.

At a press conference, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi called the series of actions by the Russian military “a cause for concern because they are becoming more active around our country. It could be one of the actions to show off its military capabilities in Asia as well,” he said.

According to the International Peace Research Institute, Russia’s military power ranks fourth in the world after the United States, China, and India. It possesses 6,375 nuclear warheads, the most in the world. Its total military strength is about 900,000 troops, and it has more than 20,000 tanks. It has more than 20,000 tanks and nearly 1,000 fighter jets. In contrast, Japan’s military power ranks sixth in the world. Although its equipment is newer than that of Russia, it is far inferior in number, with 1,000 tanks and about 300 fighter jets.

The provocative behavior of the Russian military is eerie. In Ukraine, they are also intensifying their military actions. They have even suggested the use of nuclear weapons. Any kind of violent action is possible. As Japan has long been at odds with Russia over the Northern Territories, the war in Ukraine is no stranger to Japan.

All friends of the U.S. are enemies

What is Russia’s intention in repeatedly engaging in military activities in the waters around Japan? Professor Itsuro Nakamura of Tsukuba University, an expert on the situation in Russia, tells us.

I think the target is the U.S. military bases in Japan. For Russian President Vladimir Putin, all friendly countries of the United States are nothing but enemies. Japan is an important strategic base for the U.S., and he fully intends to do something about the U.S. military bases in Japan, including Misawa in Aomori Prefecture, in the future.

If you look at the situation in Ukraine, you can see that the Russian military is relentless in its aggression. Missile attacks on some 130 U.S. military bases in Japan, including Okinawa and Atsugi (Kanagawa Prefecture), are not imaginary.

An even more frightening situation is also envisioned. Let us continue Professor Nakamura’s story.

The fear of nuclear weapons. If the nuclear umbrella is lifted and Japan is targeted, they would not only actually use nuclear weapons, but they would also use them against us. They could detonate nuclear weapons at nuclear power plants in operation, such as Takahama (in Fukui Prefecture) and Ikata (in Ehime Prefecture), by attacking them.

The Ukrainian conflict is no stranger to the world. The ominous shadow of war is about to creep over Japan as well.

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