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Is US Dragging Japan Into Conflict With Russia and China?

By Ekaterina Blinova


The Biden administration is reportedly striving to ensure Japan’s supplies of TNT for US-made 155mm artillery shells amid Washington’s effort to arm the Ukrainian military. What’s behind the trend?
“Since coming to power, the Biden administration has been pursuing a very intensive policy of mobilizing and closing ranks with its European allies and allies in Asia,” Igor Istomin, lead research fellow at the Center for Advanced American Studies, MGIMO University, told Sputnik. “And in this regard, they are actively trying to engage Asian allies in the strategy of putting pressure on Russia and supporting the transfer of weapons to Ukraine. Therefore, the fact that Japan is involved in this activity is not surprising.”
Earlier this week, Reuters cited unnamed sources, as saying that, despite Japan’s pacifist Constitution, “there is a way for the United States to buy explosives from Japan.” The explosive in question is TNT, or trinitrotoluene, which is used in military shells, bombs, and grenades, as well as in industrial uses and underwater blasting. Reportedly, the explosive obtained from Japan is meant to be sent to US army-owned munitions plants that would pack them into 155mm shell cases.
Japan’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Economy and Defense Ministry’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency declined to comment on the matter…



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