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A Re-Militarized Japan?

July 22nd, 2013 - 11:18 am

Here’s the PM after winning his new mandate:

“I think the people have shown that they believe in us,” Abe said in an interview with public broadcaster NHK after the LDP and its junior coalition partner, New Komeito, won yesterday’s upper house vote. “We are really the only choice.”

Abe’s triumph breaks a deadlock in the Diet and may end the leadership shuffle that has given the country a rotating cast of prime ministers for much of the past seven years. It also threatens to usher in a more militaristic Japan, as well as a revitalized manufacturing base — buoyed by hyper-cheap government money — that has some of its critics and trading partners more than a little worried.

“Abe himself, but also his entourage, have stayed on message so far not in order to just do economics, but also to push their nationalistic agenda,” says political science professor Koichi Nakano of Sophia University. “He’s a hardcore nationalist with a very jarring, revisionist view of history.”

Japan hasn’t been seriously de-militarized in decades. It military might be small, but it’s also quite potent. That said, Japan won’t be taking over Manchuria any time soon, nor storming the beaches of Luzon.

Fact is, a strong Japan is a healthy Japan — and one we can trust as a partner, rather than as a military-welfare cheat. Does Abe have some strange notions? Apparently. But this isn’t the 1930s, no matter how much he might like to turn back the clock.

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Hi Stephen,
Have to disagree on this one. Have you ever been to East Asia?

FYI, Japan has never issued a credible apology for the many atrocities of the 'War of Conquest,' they are a racist society, they have lied to their children in schoolbooks, and nobody in their neighborhood trusts them as a nation (go ahead, do a poll in Korea, China or the P.I. . . . or even Viet Nam. Taiwan doesn't count; that was a very strange colonial relationship)

Best Regards,
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Their army starts assassinating ministers they don't like, and I'll start to worry. Until then, its clear that if Japan gets too bothersome, we just have to airdrop some used-schoolgirl-underwear vending machines ahead of any advancing Japanese infantry and they'll be instantly distracted.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
"After his return to power, Abe rushed to implement the so-called the three arrows of his economic policy, which some have dubbed Abenomics: fiscal spending, monetary easing, and a growth strategy."

Abenomics seems familiar...
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
What is a growth strategy? A get rich quick scheme?

How about a growth strategy for every human being on earth to eradicate poverty?

38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
The Japanese are the strangest people on earth and I don't trust that they've changed anymore than I trust that the Germans have. But while the Japanese may not have changed, the world has. China isn't going back to the 1930's either (though maye te 1850's) and it could use some more powerful neighbors.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Where are their robots going to invade to claim territories for their next generation robots?
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
I wish Abe well. Japan needs to be able to take down those rampaging mutant monsters before they stomp power stations and knock over skyscrapers.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
WOW. Jarring, hardcore, and revisionist.

I can understand saying "It's not 1945 anymore," but if those adjectives are accurate, where is this coming from (aside from having never really gone away, like Aryan supremacism, but the adherents of which have no chance of becoming a head of state)?

Must chat with some Japanese.

And oh yes, I'd like to see a re-militarized Japan. It's not 1945 anymore. And does anyone else here think the implications of China's surplus unmarriageable males will extend beyond its borders?
38 weeks ago
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I welcome a more militarized Japan. They'll be a nice counterweight to China.

Quite frankly, Japan is in a death spiral with an aging population and a dangerously low birth rate. This might revitalize that nation.
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