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Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Does North Korea pose a strong threat to Japan?


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Stephen Edwards
Teacher, 35
I think Japan has to continue giving aid because Japan's got an excellent record around the world for the giving of aid. Japan has the moral high ground and that's important.

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Noriko Murch
Administrator, 41
I don't think it's going to be a real threat. North Korea live in their own small world. They threaten other countries, but aren't strong enough. The Japanese government should have a stronger stance.

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John Murch
Hospitality, 43
I think North Korea possibly poses a threat to Japan, but I think Japan should continue to send aid to North Korea for North Korean people who are suffering.

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Ponzi Ponzuric
Artist, 27
The country is breaking down from within. I don't see how they'd have the financial means or ambition to attempt military action. But if they did, I think Japan would be way underprepared.

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Junna Obu
Importer, 29
I don't think so. They are such a poor country that they can't even maintain an electricity supply. They're going to keep threatening countries like Japan because they want aid. They act like a strong country, but they're not.

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Stacie Haskayne-Middleton
Accountant, 34
Yes, in terms of the effect in international relations and the other countries that might be involved, like China. Though probably North Korea don't have it nailed.



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