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Blast from the Past: Reagan, George H.W. Bush Administrations Aided Secret Japanese Nuclear Weapons Program


COMMENT: With for­mer CIA Direc­tor and Fam­i­ly of Secrets lynch­pin George H.W. Bush occu­py­ing the Vice-Pres­i­den­cy, the Rea­gan and Bush I admin­is­tra­tions were a hotbed of covert oper­a­tions, some of which con­tin­ue to come to light.

With Iran’s nuclear weapons devel­op­ment pro­gram occu­py­ing front page news around the world and in the wake (lit­er­al­ly) of the dis­as­trous melt­downs at the Fukushi­ma com­plex in Japan, we now learn that the Rea­gan and Bush admin­is­tra­tions engaged in a mas­sive, covert and ille­gal trans­fer of tons of weapons-grade plu­to­ni­um to Japan.

The focal point of a clan­des­tine nuclear weapons pro­gram, the plu­to­ni­um trans­fer was sup­ple­ment­ed by the use of space explo­ration pro­grams to devel­op deliv­ery sys­tems for the weapons.

This dis­clo­sure rais­es any num­ber of ques­tions, includ­ing:

  • Where has the plu­to­ni­um gone in the inter­im?
  • Were some of the weapons and deliv­ery sys­tems actu­al­ly real­ized?
  • Did Japan, in turn, export any of the plu­to­ni­um and/or deliv­ery tech­nol­o­gy to par­ty or par­ties unknown?
  • Was this pro­gram among the rea­sons the Japan­ese award­ed mil­lions of dol­lars to Rea­gan after his retire­ment from the White House?
  • Did this pro­gram help to cement links between Japan­ese pow­er struc­ture and the Reagan/Bush I admin­is­tra­tions?
  • What role, if any, did Japan­ese fas­cist ele­ments like those with­in the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church play in this oper­a­tion?
  • What role, if any, did Japan­ese Yakuza orga­nized crime ele­ments play in this pro­gram? The Yakuza cer­tain­ly did have an employ­ment pro­gram with Japan­ese nuclear facil­i­ties? (See below for more on this sub­ject.)
  • Was there a quid pro quo between the Reagan/Bush I admin­is­tra­tions and Japan­ese pow­er struc­ture involv­ing the nuclear trans­fer and some of the pow­er pol­i­tics sur­round­ing the gold and funds stem­ming from the Gold­en Lily pro­gram?

“Unit­ed States Cir­cum­vent­ed Laws to Help Japan Accu­mu­late Tons of Plu­to­ni­um” by Joseph Tren­to; DC Bureau; 4/9/2012.

EXCERPT: The Unit­ed States delib­er­ate­ly allowed Japan access to the Unit­ed States’ most secret nuclear weapons facil­i­ties while it trans­ferred tens of bil­lions of dol­lars worth of Amer­i­can tax paid research that has allowed Japan to amass 70 tons of weapons grade plu­to­ni­um since the 1980s, a Nation­al Secu­ri­ty News Ser­vice inves­ti­ga­tion reveals. These activ­i­ties repeat­ed­ly vio­lat­ed U.S. laws regard­ing con­trols of sen­si­tive nuclear mate­ri­als that could be divert­ed to weapons pro­grams in Japan. The NSNS inves­ti­ga­tion found that the Unit­ed States has known about a secret nuclear weapons pro­gram in Japan since the 1960s, accord­ing to CIA reports.

The diver­sion of U.S. clas­si­fied tech­nol­o­gy began dur­ing the Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tion after it allowed a $10 bil­lion reac­tor sale to Chi­na. Japan protest­ed that sen­si­tive tech­nol­o­gy was being sold to a poten­tial nuclear adver­sary. The Rea­gan and George H.W. Bush admin­is­tra­tions per­mit­ted sen­si­tive tech­nol­o­gy and nuclear mate­ri­als to be trans­ferred to Japan despite laws and treaties pre­vent­ing such trans­fers. High­ly sen­si­tive tech­nol­o­gy on plu­to­ni­um sep­a­ra­tion from the U.S. Depart­ment of Energy’s Savan­nah Riv­er Site and Han­ford nuclear weapons com­plex, as well as tens of bil­lions of dol­lars worth of breed­er reac­tor research was turned over to Japan with almost no safe­guards against pro­lif­er­a­tion. Japan­ese sci­en­tist and tech­ni­cians were giv­en access to both Han­ford and Savan­nah Riv­er as part of the trans­fer process.

While Japan has refrained from deploy­ing nuclear weapons and remains under an umbrel­la of U.S. nuclear pro­tec­tion, NSNS has learned that the coun­try has used its elec­tri­cal util­i­ty com­pa­nies as a cov­er to allow the coun­try to amass enough nuclear weapons mate­ri­als to build a nuclear arse­nal larg­er than Chi­na, India and Pak­istan com­bined. . . .

. . . That secret effort was hid­den in a nuclear pow­er pro­gram that by March 11, 2011– the day the earth­quake and tsuna­mi over­whelmed the Fukushi­ma Dai­ichi Nuclear Plant – had amassed 70 met­ric tons of plu­to­ni­um. Like its use of civil­ian nuclear pow­er to hide a secret bomb pro­gram, Japan used peace­ful space explo­ration as a cov­er for devel­op­ing sophis­ti­cat­ed nuclear weapons deliv­ery sys­tems.

Polit­i­cal lead­ers in Japan under­stood that the only way the Japan­ese peo­ple could be con­vinced to allow nuclear pow­er into their lives was if a long line of gov­ern­ments and indus­try hid any mil­i­tary appli­ca­tion. For that rea­son, a suc­ces­sion of Japan­ese gov­ern­ments col­lud­ed on a bomb pro­gram dis­guised as inno­cent ener­gy and civ­il space pro­grams. . . .

“The Yakuza and the Nuclear Mafia: Nation­al­iza­tion Looms for TEPCO” by Jake Adel­stein; The Atlantic Wire; 12/30/2011.

EXCERPT . . . In June we report­ed that yakuza were work­ing at the Fukushi­ma nuclear pow­er plant as cleanup crews and man­u­al labor, but the post-melt­down yakuza ties were only the tip of the ice­berg. This month, a new book was pub­lished, Yakuza and The Nuclear Indus­try: Diary of An Under­cov­er Reporter Work­ing at the Fukushi­ma Plant in which a for­mer yakuza fan mag­a­zine edi­tor Tomo­hiko Suzu­ki reports on the nuclear busi­ness-indus­tri­al-polit­i­cal and media com­plex in Japan known as the “nuclear mafia” and Japan’s actu­al mafia: the yakuza. The book is already gen­er­at­ing con­tro­ver­sy and renewed exam­i­na­tion of Japan’s “dark empire” and its ties to the under­world. It presents more sol­id pieces of evi­dence that Japan’s nuclear indus­try is a black hole of crim­i­nal malfea­sance, incom­pe­tence, and cor­rup­tion. . . .


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