Pacifist No More
Japan Announces Military Buildup, Promises to "Stand Up To China"
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  • AD_Rtr_OS

    Just what the Far-East needs, competing “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Spheres”.

  • Nevis07

    But how long can Japan afford to pay for these expenditure increases? It’s not just their debt load, it’s their demographics (not to mention their energy insecurity). I suppose the fact that Japan owns the vast majority of their own debt is the positive take on debt… But from an American perspective, I would think the US should more aggressively cultivate other diplomatic and military ties to other countries in the region to balance China. This is already happening but it feels very cobbled together. A ‘grand strategy’ which should be explicit, would be more appropriate – still I have yet to read a decent, serious and respected source provide a truly well thought-out whitepaper strategy. In the meantime, we should be staunch ally of Japan – but the next 3 years will be incredibly important for Japan and we’ll find out if Abenomics really works or not. The US can be a stabilizing force, but it can’t operate alone and Japan’s future is just too cloudy to me.

  • TommyTwo

    “Proactive pacifism” provided me with a hearty chuckle. Next up: JSDF – pacem appellant.

    (I suppose it’s too late to suggest changing the “Game of Thrones” category to “Aequalem reactionem” or at least “Newton’s Third Law”?)

  • And why not? Pacifism does not work in a world or region where there are predatory powers like China. And Japan should think of some new aircraft carriers as well.

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