Today, I’ll be discussing two articles I came across. First of all, the highly anticipated, anxiously awaited, Korean missle launch. This is a controversial topic, and it seems that people are taking sides all over the place. Aside from the fact that under UN terms this launch is illegal, there are a number of reasons why I believe that Japan is definitely in the right when it comes to either shooting down the rocket itself, or the debris it leaves.
First of all, the opposition once told me, “If I blew up your car because it might crash into something, would that be a friendly action?” There’s a few things wrong with this, namely, blowing up cars is illegal, and UN finds Japan’s actions perfectly acceptable. Moreover, we don’t blow cars up in America, we take peoples’ driver’s license if they have a poor track record, and North Korea certainly has a poor track record. Their last missile stayed in the air a mere 30 seconds!
If someone were to point there gun in my direction and say, “Don’t worry, I won’t hit you – I’m trying to hit that can!” I’d march over there and spin him in a new direction, and I bet you wouldn’t think lowly of me for that action!
Secondly, Japan isn’t going out of its way to actively hunt down and destroy this missile. In fact, they doubt that it’ll actually pose a threat, but they want to be prepared in case it does. This is just good old common sense, and the government, even by Libertarian philosophy, has a duty to protect its citizens. If there’s a chance that something could go wrong, then the country needs to be prepared for it. This is called self-defense, and it’s not an act of war as N. Korea claims.
And finally, I’m not out to get North Korea. I do love Koreans (hey, they have Im Tae Kyung!), and they’re a great people. No one country is pure evil, although there are stupid politicians in every country. I mean, just look at us – we have Barrack Obama and George W. Bush before him! We have a long line of idiot politicians!
With that, I conclude my rant regarding this missile and hope that, should Japan take defensive action, it won’t plunge them, or us, into a crazy war with N. Korea.
So, onto the next article, regarding a real Big Brother move on the part of Japan. We all know that foreigners in Japan like to complain about carrying ID at all times, partly because Japan can be a bit racist (not intentionally, but because of their extreme us-them mentality). Well, it seems that the Justice Ministry wants to abolish this system and issue a “zairyu” (residence, ざいりゅ) card as a replacement.
What this card does, is it basically strips privacy rights away from foreigners living in Japan, as though they had that many to begin with. I’m not going to go too far into it, since it may not even be passed, but if you’re currently living in Japan, definitely take the time to let someone know that you do not approve of this.