Yes, that sound you heard was shattering crockery as statesmen throughout the world spluttered in their morning coffee. This morning, the papers tell us that the Japanese government's chief cabinet secretary, Mr. Shinzo Abe, thinks that Japan needs to consider whether Article 9 of Japan's constitution would allow Japan to launch "pre-emptive" strikes on North Korean missile sites as an act of "self-defense."
Say, what ?
When the Japanese start talking about pre-emptive strikes, it is certainly best to listen, although history provides mixed guidance for Japan in this situation. They are 1/1 on pre-emptive strikes in modern times: Port Arthur working out pretty well, Pearl Harbor, not so well.
I'm having visions of Japanese embassies throughout Asia hiring slow clerk-typists.