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  • 2015-04-17 15:00:00
  • , Sankei
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 “Six Eyes rather than JCIA”

 [Shukan Bunshun, 4/23/2015 issue, p. 39]


o “I’d like to suggest Japan join the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, as a ‘plus one’.” (Isao Iijima, formerly a political secretary of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, currently a special advisor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet, from his regular “Gekikara Intelligence” column for the weekly)


o “Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the United States in late April to meet with President Obama, right? If the prime minister proposes ‘Six Eyes’, the president will welcome the proposal. I can say that with confidence.” (Iijima)



 [Shukan Shincho, 4/23/2015 issue, pp. 30-31]


o “The reason why China is in a hurry to establish the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is that China’s bubble economy is now on the point of collapse. China is now the world’s largest debtor as a result of increasing its borrowing. China launched the idea of constructing infrastructure bank in Asia to collect money. That’s what the AIIB actually is.” (Hideo Tamura, a special reporter for the Sankei Shimbun)


o “China is aiming to get its bonds rated higher. To that end, even now, China still wants to involve Japan and the United States in the AIIB.” (Satoshi Tomisaka, a professor at Takushoku University)



 [Shukan Shincho, 4/23/2015 issue, p. 39]


o “Has the Air Self-Defense Force ever scrambled to intercept a UFO?” (Antonio Inoki, a former professional wrestler, currently a lawmaker seated in the House of Councillors, quoted as interpellating the defense minister in a recent Diet session)


 10% level

 [Shukan Shincho, 4/23/2015 issue, p. 126]


o “It’s at the 10% level. This is the percentage of people who think our ‘news stories are reliable’.” (a reporter for the Asahi Shimbun, referring to findings from this year’s “Japan Readers & Areal Data” (J-READ) survey conducted across the nation by Video Research Ltd.


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