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Game of Thrones: Japan to Intensify Efforts to Balance China

The most powerful Japanese prime minister in decades is pursuing an integrated national strategy to revive Japanese power and dynamism. In a big interview with the Wall Street Journal, Shinzo Abe “said he envisions a resurgent Japan taking a more assertive leadership role in Asia to counter China’s power, seeking to place Tokyo at the helm of countries in the region nervous about Beijing’s military buildup amid fears of an American pullback.”

Abe sees a linkage between economic reforms and more active foreign policy: “I’ve realized that Japan is expected to exert leadership not just on the economic front, but also in the field of security in the Asia-Pacific,” he told the WSJ.

He also sees Japan leading a group of nations to counter China’s rise: “There are concerns that China is attempting to change the status quo by force, rather than by rule of law. But if China opts to take that path, then it won’t be able to emerge peacefully. So it shouldn’t take that path, and many nations expect Japan to strongly express that view. And they hope that as a result, China will take responsible action in the international community.”

This interview gives us a clear indication of Abe’s vision of Japan’s role in the world. Definitely check out the article and watch the video; Japan’s return to a powerful regional strategy is going to have significant effects in one of the most important parts of the world in the next few years.

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  • Andrew Allison

    How does Abe expect to pay for this initiative? As of mid-year Japan’s public debt was roughly twice GDP, versus 156% for Greece.

    • Corlyss

      It’s probably much bigger in Greece, but they can’t admit it?

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    “amid fears of an American pullback”
    So much for the so called “Asian Pivot” of the Obama administration. Our allies no longer trust us, and our enemies no longer fear us. Obama is the worst President in American History.

    • Corlyss

      “Our allies no longer trust us, and our enemies no longer fear us.

      I think Obama, excuse me, Val and ‘Chelle’s intent in foreign policy was to turn the US into a one boy cuddly toy, to quote the old Harry Nillson song. Who needs strategy, policy, practice, allies, when you have Dear Leader who sprinkles his magic on enemies and we watch them melt into the ground.

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