Sun bin blogs the google map on the North Korea Nuclear test and summarizes the test information.
In South Korea, there were much discussions in the blogsphere (although I can only get access to English sources).
Jodi observes her South Korean friends’ reactions the test:
Not surprisingly, however, was the idea that the real danger was not so much North Korea, but the United States who might react dangerously in reponse to the North. More than one person yesterday used the word “victim” to describe South Korea’s situation.
Oranckay actually said that he was glad that it happened:
First of all, it either proves that both Roh and Bush have failed, and/or, the shenanigans are over and there is no more wondering. I was getting tired of the endless limbo, the endless effort spent by Roh’s government on trying to get the six party talks started again, as if the six party talks were getting anywhere. Perhaps I’m getting old, but I’m glad to see something happening.
Timothy Savage has an anlysis in Ohmynews International in response to the right wing sentiment:
The first victim, much to the delight of critics of engagement, is likely to be what remains of South Korea's Sunshine Policy. While often attacked as “appeasement,” the Sunshine Policy was in fact a well-intentioned but sometimes badly executed attempt to achieve slow-motion reunification by increasing Pyongyang's dependence on the South.
In Japan, Alexpappas from Japundit predicts that the test will change Japan's foreign and military policy:
North Korean boasts the fifth largest army in the world with an estimated 1.8 million standing armed personnel. If ever there was a threat to modern post-war Japan, this would be it…
Today, all has once again changed and a new page of history is to be written. As Japan decides how to proceed with its now nuclear neighbour, it is certain that there will be difficult decisions made that will no doubt affect the world entire.
Japan citizen reporter, Lily Yulianti reports people reactions in Ohmynews:
On the trains, people carefully read Abe's explanations and looked at the graphics of the underground channel under a mountain in North Korea, where the test was reportedly conducted. People rushed to pick up the papers and ended up with similar comments: condemning North Korea's latest move. It was not only a headline in the media, but also the topic of the day on the streets.
For many ordinary Japanese people, North Korean issues such as abductions and missile and nuclear programs are familiar enough. Despite a stereotypical judgment that says most Japanese people do not really care about politics and security issues, when it comes to North Korean issues, it is not difficult to find people on the streets who want to talk in detail.
In Mainland China, most of the discussion of the test happens in the forum,
China citizen reporter, Wyan Hsu summarizes the discussion in ohmynews: N.Korean Civilians are the real victims:
The test triggered criticism in China's cyberspace and I read several posts on a forum. Most say that North Korea's move doesn't conform to China's interests at all, and that it could even put China in a dilemma.
They say that on the one hand China should work on non-proliferation over the peninsular and to be a more responsible partner of the international community, and on other hand it should cherish its traditional alliance with Kim's North Korea.
Taison from kdnet (BBS forum) jokingly says that the China government is really pissed off this time:
Raymondwoon, a Hong Kong doctor, feels helpless: