Abe Wins in Landslide, Neighbors Cringe
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  • wigwag

    I don’t know much about what Abe’s political victories mean for Japan’s neighbors, but I do know that a strong, prosperous, tenacious and assertive Japan is very much in America’s national interest.

    All we can hope is that Obama doesn’t find a way to blow this relationship in the same way that he’s ruined America’s relationships with so many other nations.

    • AndrewL

      A strong, assertive Japan is in America’s interest, up to a point. Would a strong Japan continue to tolerate American military presence on its homeland? Would a strong Japan continue to deny itself nuclear weapons? The Japanese right wing nationalists may not say it, but they will never forget who denied Japan hegemony of East Asia. Too many Americans take Japan’s submission for granted.

      • Tim Godfrey

        Japan’s submission? The US-Japan relationship today is one of partnership – not occupier. The bases are a problem for residents near the bases but are not resented by most Japanese.

        A nuclear Japan is no more a concern than a nuclear France, Japan already has the tech necessary to build a bomb and likely would only build one if it lost confidence in the willingness of the US to come to Japan’s defense.

        • AndrewL

          You need to take a longer term view. History has too many examples of today’s friends becoming tomorrow’s enemies (and vice versa). It’s not in America’s interest to welcome more nuclear powers, especially a country we dropped two A-bombs on.

          • GardenGnomeLF

            Today’s ‘friends’ becoming tomorrow enemies occurs when either Socialists or Islamists take over.

          • Tim Godfrey

            Well – circumstances can change but there are limits to what is plausible. It is simply not plausible that a Japan which is completely dependent on the the free flow of goods would jeopardize the current world order. If nukes are developed they will be to deter Chinese attempts to annex existing Japanese territory. They would not be used to threaten the US unless the US decided to actively support the annexation of Japanese territory by the Chinese. If that happened the US would deserve it.

  • Anthony

    Japan is world’s third largest economy. Prime Minister: I and Japan are back. Abe’s election ended six years of political deadlock – his party now controls both houses of parliament. But, if true, “the extremely low turnout,,,suggests that many voters are still on the fence” may yet restrain the LDP.

    • GardenGnomeLF

      Lefties always find ways to undermine what they don’t like.
      If the extreme left won, turnout would not be mentioned.

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