There is an interesting article today in CD - Climate apocalypse and/or Democracy by J. Purdy. A worthwhile read. He links to an Op-ed piece in yesterday's times which is a bit hair raising as it talks about interment camps, Hitler and lebensraum and the climate crisis to come and genocide.
Definitely check it out redraven.
The Japanese are dealing with the realities of the future. They are vulnerable in many ways with oil, with food, with markets etc. I agree with you that it is not a good sign for the future since it (war) wouldn't work anyway. You almost get the sense that wars will be genocidal - big battles will have high death tolls before the fighting scales down to house to house. Big battles are too f'n lethal with the weapons we use today.
I think the Japanese people are smarter than we are. We could all be rich (in effect) and living in a freaking Star Trek future if we spent as little as do the Japanese on military stuff. We bleed ourselves dry and make this country weak just to keep buying weapons after weapons decade after decade. We forego fixing our bridges and tunnels just to maintain a huge military that we can't really use nor even afford to use (use it at the risk of bankruptcy) and deprive our own countrymen of good life and opportunities for success. Our military is a gigantic tape worm that eats away at our strength and health.
Read that NYTimes op-ed from yesterday. Yikes. and double plus yikes!